Paolo offers Scottish bands the chance to play at Hogmanay

Organisers of Edinburgh’s Hogmanay today announced the full line-up for the headline Concert in the Gardens (31 Dec) and the all new Night Afore Concert (30 Dec), specially planned by headliner Paolo Nutini. 

Scotland’s Frightened Rabbit (30 Dec) and alt-rock legends The Lightning Seeds (31 Dec) have been chosen by Nutini to join him on stage at the two headline events. Rising stars of the Scottish music scene and fellow Paisley artists, The Vegan Leather, will play both nights to audiences of over 19,000.

A special competition, 'Hog the Stage', has also been launched to find two of Scotland’s best new bands who can win the chance to join the bill and open one of Paolo’s shows at Edinburgh’s Hogmanay. Bands from across Scotland are being asked to submit new music and the top five will be hand-picked by Paolo Nutini and entered into an online public vote to select the winners. One of the winning bands will open the Night Afore Concert (30 Dec) and the other will open the Concert in the Gardens (31 Dec).

Paolo Nutini commented: "It doesn't have to be the music I make or a certain sound, it's good to jump around. If someone gets loads of votes you can’t deny that. If people want me to pick that's what I’ll do, it's trying to help a band. The main thing is it has to be a band who are new and fresh and wouldn't otherwise find themselves in that situation. I am a believer and supporter of new music, I am trying more so than ever to support anything good."

Submissions open at 10am, Monday 14 November via Edinburgh's Hogmanay and will close at 5pm, Friday 25 November. Paolo will personally select a shortlist of his top five favourite bands, which will be put to an online vote to find the winners. The winning bands will be announced on Wednesday 14 December. 

Al Thomson, Director of Unique Events, who produce Edinburgh’s Hogmanay on behalf of the City of Edinburgh Council, said “We’re thrilled to welcome more incredible music onto the Edinburgh’s Hogmanay bill and to give new Scottish bands the opportunity to join Paolo, Frightened Rabbit and The Lightning Seeds with our ‘Hog the Stage’ competition, which would see them play to thousands and could help launch the career of Scotland’s next biggest band’.

Edinburgh’s Hogmanay is produced on behalf of the City of Edinburgh Council by Unique Events, working with partners Underbelly who produce Edinburgh’s Christmas attractions and events.

Councillor Richard Lewis, Edinburgh’s Festivals and Events Champion, said: “With six weeks to go, the demand to celebrate Hogmanay in the Scottish Capital has been phenomenal. It is clear the world wants to celebrate the start of 2017 here in Edinburgh and what a year it will be for us as we welcome in the 70th anniversary of Edinburgh, the Festival City. Both Paolo Nutini shows not only have fantastic line-ups but the opportunity of a lifetime for a new Scottish band to join the stage as we count down to the greatest New Year’s party on earth.”

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