Come on in to 2017! Line up announced for city's Hogmanay celebrations
Organisers of Edinburgh’s Hogmanay have today invited revellers to ‘Come On In To 2017’ at the best New Year’s party on the planet.
Unique Events, which has produced Edinburgh’s Hogmanay on behalf of the City of Edinburgh Council since 1993, has announced the line-up for the winter music festival and details of all activities over the three days from Friday 30 December 2016 to Sunday 1 January 2017.
The celebrations begin on Friday 30 December with the family-friendly Torchlight Procession, which welcomes over 30,000 participants (including 10,000 torchbearers) who wind their way through the city's streets lined with tens of thousands of spectators. A donation from the sale of both torches and wristbands will be given to the official Edinburgh’s Hogmanay charity UNICEF, which last year received over £50,000 from Edinburgh’s Hogmanay fundraising to help children affected by the war in Syria.
On Saturday 31 December, the musical line-up across the seven open air stages in the centre of the city promises to deliver an exhilarating party soundtrack for the anticipated 75,000 revellers. The flagship Concert in the Gardens features headliner Paolo Nutini in his only festival performance in 2016. The Scottish singer, songwriter and musician from Paisley, creator of three platinum albums, was described by the BBC in 2014 as “arguably Scotland's biggest musician right now". Paolo Nutini this year celebrates the 10th anniversary of his seminal debut album ‘These Streets’ and will be joined by a line-up of very special guests to be announced shortly.
New Year revellers across Edinburgh and beyond will enjoy a feast of fireworks with countdown displays on the hour from 9.00pm, rising to the crescendo of the spectacular Midnight Moment as the fireworks lift from the ramparts of Edinburgh Castle. The fireworks are followed by the world’s largest rendition of Auld Lang Syne as old friends and new join hands across the arena to sing Burns’ universal New Year anthem. All stages are live from 9.00pm to 1.00am but the party starts from 7.00pm throughout the Street Party arena.
On Friday 1 January 2017 the Loony Dook sees 1,250 ‘Dookers’ in fancy dress, ranging from the weird to the wonderful, welcome the New Year with a dip in the River Forth at South Queensferry. Thousands of spectators are once again expected to line the streets to watch the Dookers parade through the town before plunging into the chilly water under the shadow of the world famous Forth Bridges. Registration for the event opens on Friday 30 September.
Councillor Richard Lewis, Edinburgh’s Festivals and Events Champion, said: “Edinburgh’s Hogmanay is going to kick off 2017 as we mean to go on. Welcoming in the 70th anniversary year of Edinburgh, the Festival City, the three-day festival will see the return of the Torchlight Procession on New Year’s Eve, Edinburgh’s world-famous street party and the Loony Dook for those who dare. The musical line-up will be one of the strongest yet with a vibrant mix of traditional Scottish music, jazz, disco and DJs, plus Paolo Nutini showcasing his only festival performance of the year! Come on in to 2017 at the greatest street party on earth.”
Edinburgh is the ‘Home of Hogmanay’ and welcomes 150,000 visitors from over 80 countries to Scotland’s capital city over the three days, bringing an estimated economic benefit of over £40 million to the city. Tickets go on sale on Friday 30 September at Edinburgh's Hogmanay.