A round up of the best New Year events outside of Edinburgh’s official Hogmanay celebrations
In Glasgow, there’s a whole programme of events on Hogmanay Day (George Square, 31 Dec), featuring kids’ storytelling, highland dancing and traditional/ceilidh music. There’ll also be a touch of trad at the Ashton Lane Street Party (31 Dec), courtesy of special guests Sketch, alongside street performers, pipers, DJs and fireworks. The Raymond Gubbay Christmas Festival Hogmanay Gala (Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, 31 Dec) will herald the new year with music of a more classical variety, while the Fence Collective will host their alt.folk/indie hogmanay bash at Mono (31 Dec).
On the comedy scene, Jongleurs’ New Year’s Eve line-up features Janey Godley, Dougie Dunlop, Patrick Rolink and Des Clarke (31 Dec), while The Stand’s Hogmanay Hootfest features Jo Caulfield, John Gillick, James Kirk and host Raymond Mearns (and runs from 27–31 Dec). The Stand’s new year celebrations also extend into the east – Edinburgh’s Hogmanay Hootfest features Tom Stade, Vladimir McTavish, Keir McAllister and Bruce Devlin (and runs from 27 Dec–2 Jan).
One of our favourite venues this past year has been Summerhall, and they look set to carry on their commitment to great events programming with their Hogmanay Party (31 Dec), featuring film screenings, ‘surprise theatre’, live music and club sounds. The Drambuie Surreal Sessions (Tron Kirk, 30 Dec–1 Jan) aim to foster a similarly unpredictable atmosphere with performances, installations, screenings, clubs and live music at the newly resurrected Tron Kirk.
Welcome the New Year in traditional style with Hogmanay at The Queen's Hall. Ceilidh band Heeliegoleerie provide a right knees up of excellent song and guests can expect haggis, neeps, tatties, a wee dram and champagne on arrival, plus a piper to bring in 2018.
The Royal Scottish National Orchestra perform a concert of favorites with works by Mozart, Brahms and Verdi as well as Loch Lomond, Auld Lang Syne, Amazing Grace, Scotland the Brave and Highland Cathedral.
Scottish music and songs from the Scottish Fiddle Orchestra kick off the new year celebrations in this post-Christmas concert. Complete with a piping version of 'Auld Lang Syne' and featuring musicians, dancers and singers. Conducted by Blair Parham.
If you're planning on heading down to the Stand's Hogmanay extravaganza, you've made the right decision – it's warm in there. Congrats! Laugh it up in celebration with Tom Stade, Vladimir McTavish, Dougie Dunlop, Robin Grainger and host Susan Morrison.
All aboard the Groove Train for a night of Motown, disco, funk and soul to bring in the New Year. DJ NormaJean, DJ Afro and DJ Ruffin will be spinning classics from the 70s and 80s, there's live performances from the Harmonettes, disco dancing girls, a Soul Train Dance Off and prizes for best dancers and best Disco/Motown…