Edinburgh’s Hogmanay 19 will lead with a celebration of Scotland’s shared cultural, historic and social connections with Europe, as they ask the world to say – “WE LOVE YOU”
Programme highlights include:
From the moment the doors open at 7:30pm, till long after the midnight bells have fallen silent, bands and DJs, street performers and dancers, acrobats, disco divas and fire eaters from Scotland and mainland Europe will all combine to make it the party of a lifetime.
Returning to their home city, this year’s Street Party Hosts are Love Island’s Aftersun DJs The Mac Twins. Their task is to keep the party up all night long as the stars of Hogmanay’s own arena TV show, as well as taking a turn on the Castle Street DJ stage.
Music is at the heart of the Street Party and Edinburgh’s Hogmanay 19 brings some of the hottest acts of 2018 to new year revelers across 3 stages.classic
Headlining the Waverley Stage is Gerry Cinnamon topping off a whirlwind year of festival appearances, sell-out tours when he blasted onto the scene as one of the best live acts in the UK. Also playing the Waverley Stage are the Edinburgh band with an Vistas and Snap! the German Eurodance outfit whose hits The Power and Rhythm is a Dancer regularly fill dancefloors.
Taking to the stage in South St David’s Street is Elephant Sessions, the indie folk foursome from the Highlands who lifted BBC Scotland’s Trad Music Album of the Year in 2017. Acclaimed Edinburgh band Miracle Glass Company brings its vibrant, psychedelic rock ‘n’ roll and Hamburg based Meute will wow the party-goers with its one-of-a-kind, live drum and brass arrangements of well-known techno and house numbers.
Headlining the DJ stage in Castle Street is the superstar DJ Judge Jules making his Edinburgh’s Hogmanay debut, taking the audiences up to the midnight moment. Local powerhouse Trendy Wendy kicks off proceedings with her trademark 21 Century disco and the Mac Twins are set to make sure the party turns up a notch after midnight, taking dancers through to 1am.
Whether your taste is indie or Europop, Silent Disco has a playlist for you. Don your headphones on Market Street, choose your channel and get ready to learn some groovy new moves this Hogmanay.
Special FREE trams (til 5am) running after midnight on New Year’s Day will take people home safely after the event thanks to Official Transport Providers Edinburgh Trams, in association with City of Edinburgh Council.
As producers of Edinburgh’s Hogmanay 19, Underbelly continues its commitment to create meaningful opportunities for volunteers, and has developed the scheme, piloted in 2018, based on feedback from last year’s ambassadors and in collaboration with City of Edinburgh Council, Festivals Edinburgh, Volunteer Scotland and Volunteer Edinburgh.
The Hogmanay Ambassador programme enhances the event and encourages people from all backgrounds to get involved and be part of a community of volunteers making a unique contribution to this iconic festival.
Alongside the event’s delivery team, the Ambassadors will help visitors from around the world experience the best possible New Year celebrations. For the volunteers, this is an opportunity to get behind-the-scenes and take part in an inclusive experience which makes them a part of a community of ambassadors for the festival.
Last year 55 people volunteered, 40% for the first time. 92% said they would volunteer at Edinburgh’s Hogmanay again with feedback like; "Being a part of it all and meeting the other amazing ambassadors and the team were amazing.” and “The live event was like nothing I have ever experienced before, was great to see it first-hand unfold."
Charlie Wood and Ed Bartlam, directors of Edinburgh’s Hogmanay, said: “Edinburgh’s Hogmanay is all about inviting the world to come on in and celebrate the end of one year and the start of a new and as we move from 2018 to 2019, there’s no better time to celebrate Scotland’s cultural ties with Europe.
“And it’s going to be quite the celebration. Scottish artists from Franz Ferdinand and Gerry Cinnamon on 31 December, Capercaillie on 1 January to writers sending love letters to Europe in Message from the Skies will celebrate alongside European artists including Meute, Snap!, Carlos Nunez, Transe Express and Compagnie des Quidams.
“We’re once again putting young people at the heart of the Torchlight Procession following the nationwide engagement programme #ScotArt, and with Bairns Afore returning on 30 December and our free family ceilidh First Footers on 1 January, we’re confident that Edinburgh’s Hogmanay offers something for everyone.
“Thank you to all our partners who have come together with us to create such an exciting and diverse Edinburgh’s Hogmanay 19 including our principal funder, City of Edinburgh Council, the Scottish Government, EventScotland and Creative Scotland, Young Scot, Edinburgh International Book Festival and a welcome and thanks to Johnnie Walker who join us to present the Street Party.”
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