Hogmanay 2012: Glasgow and Edinburgh events round-up

Hogmanay 2012: Glasgow and Edinburgh events round-up

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).

Elsewhere in the capital, Afore the Bells (Queen’s Hall, 31 Dec), Edinburgh’s Grand Hogmanay Ball (Assembly Rooms, 31 Dec) and the Hogmanay Hoot (Corn Exchange, 31 Dec) all offer food and drink on the approach to the bells, accompanied by music of a trad/ceilidh variety. There’s also a spot of traditional Scottish tuneage at the Hogmanay Tartan Hoot (Captains Bar, 31 Dec) and the Scottish Fiddle Orchestra’s Hogmanay Celebration (Usher Hall, 31 Dec).

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.

Vegas! Grand Hogmanay Ball

The Vegas team return to host another Hogmanay party. Expect showgirls, big band tunes, swing, easy listening, cabaret and burlesque featuring all the usual glamorous shenanigans.

The Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh

Mon 31 Dec

£25 / 0131 556 7060

  • 21:00

Hogmanay Hoot

Edinburgh's largest indoor Hogmanay party featuring the Ghillie Dhu Ceilidh Band, karaoke, DJ Scott, pipes and drums plus a traditional supper and comedy from Billy Connolly tribute Gary Moir.

Afore the Bells

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.

Fence Collective

Fife's Fence Collective brings a mix of electronic, pop, and folk featuring performances from, at various venues, the Pictish Trail, Eagleowl, and Randolph's Leap.

Raymond Gubbay Christmas Festival Hogmanay Gala

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.

Jongleurs Comedy Show

A handful of top comedians show you lot how it's done in a beautifully varied line-up. Dinnae forget the dancing afterwards. Booking is essential.

Scottish Fiddle Orchestra – Hogmanay Celebration 2012

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.

Hogmanay Hootfest!

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.

Hogmanay Hootfest!

The bells are ringing (in a good way) and the laughs are heading your way with the relentless Janey Godley, Scott Gibson, Larry Dean, Rosco McSkeleton and host Raymond Mearns.

Hogmanay Day

Music, food and fun to celebrate the last day of 2013.

The Drambuie Surreal Sessions

A mix of digital art from Edinburgh artist Andy McGregor, film screenings, mixology classes with Bruce Hamilton and a 'surreal cocktail showcase'.

Hogmanay Tartan Hoot

Folk and pipes with Rantum Scantum and Louise Millington.

Summerhall Hogmanay –Signed, Sealed and Delivered

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…

Ashton Lane Hogmanay Street Party

Ring in the New Year with a ceilidh band, pipers and a short fireworks display after the bells.

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