Concertgoers urged to Be Lucky as Hogmanay 2013 tickets go on sale

Tickets went on sale at 10am today, Friday 13 April, for Edinburgh's Hogmanay 2013, with ten 'Lucky 13' winners in with a chance of landing their tickets for free.

Following the success of last year's Edinburgh's Hogmanay festival, which is funded by the City of Edinburgh Council and delivered by Unique Events, enquiries are already flooding in from people across Scotland, the UK and overseas keen to get their hands on one of the hottest New Year tickets in the world.

With record crowds attending last year's opening Torchlight Procession and a run of sellout events, organisers are encouraging visitors to plan early for this year's festivities to avoid disappointment. Ticket buyers can 'Be Lucky' on Friday 13th and purchase tickets for all Edinburgh's Hogmanay 2013 events at last year's prices.

Due to international demand and for the first time ever, tickets for the world famous Street Party, Concert in the Gardens, The Keilidh at the Street Party, Torchlight Procession, The Loony Dook and Candlelit Concert in St Giles' Cathedral are all on-sale pre-summer and with no increase on the 2012 ticket price. Headliners and programme details will be announced from September onwards. 

Do you feel lucky?... Ten New Year revellers will be getting their Edinburgh's Hogmanay 2013 experience for free if their ticket purchase hits a 'Lucky 13' within the first 1000 ticket transactions (i.e. 13, 113, 213, 313 etc). A great way to end 2012 and start 2013 on a winning streak!

Revellers can 'Be Lucky' and join the party by purchasing tickets for Edinburgh's Hogmanay events at:

Online at www.edinburghshogmanay.com
by calling the Edinburgh's Hogmanay Box Office on 0844 573 8455

Now in its 20th year, Edinburgh's Hogmanay festival programme runs from Sunday 30 December 2012 until Tuesday 1 January 2013. This year's festival promises to end the year in style with a heady mix of music, theatre and dance throughout the city centre, both indoors and out and all set against the magnificent backdrop of Edinburgh Castle.

Councillor Steve Cardownie, Festival and Events Champion for the City of Edinburgh Council, said: "Scotland's Capital has forged a much-envied reputation as THE best place to see in the New Year since the famous Hogmanay celebrations started 20 years ago. With the theme of 'Be Lucky' for Edinburgh's Hogmanay 2013, it's a neat touch to put tickets on sale on Friday 13th, guaranteed at last year's prices. People can snap up tickets to all of the Edinburgh's Hogmanay events in plenty of time to plan for their festive celebrations, especially if they're going to be travelling to Edinburgh from elsewhere in the UK or overseas. Last year's Edinburgh's Hogmanay saw five out of the six events sell out completely, with tickets purchased by visitors from 66 countries."

Pete Irvine, Director of Edinburgh's Hogmanay, said: "It's quite usual these days for people to buy tickets for hot music festivals well in advance. Edinburgh's Hogmanay probably has the largest proportion of international visitors of any UK festival and the Street Party is all about music, so we felt it was time to allow people to book tickets early, make their plans and get lucky."

Edinburgh's Hogmanay 2011/12 once again positioned itself as Europe's leading New Year festival, with three days of spectacular outdoor events and a music line-up to rival any summer festival. Scottish headliners Primal Scream were joined by the cream of the UK music scene including Mark Ronson, Friendly Fires, The Vaccines, Bombay Bicycle Club, Capercaillie, Wild Beasts, The Cuban Brothers, Blazing Fiddles and much more over seven
live music stages. Over 75,000 welcomed 2012 at the Edinburgh's Hogmanay Street Party, enjoying a feast of entertainment, live music and DJ stages, giant screens and the spectacular Midnight Fireworks, which are broadcast globally in over 150 countries to an audience of over 1 billion people.

Edinburgh's Hogmanay 2013 runs from 30 December 2012 until 1 January 2013. It is funded by the City of Edinburgh Council and supported by EventScotland, Scotland's Winter Festivals and the Scottish Government's
Edinburgh Festivals EXPO Fund.

Full programme details of events and activities across the festival will be announced early November. For more information and to register for updates visit: www.edinburghshogmanay.com

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