Domino dancing in the streets
- Allan Radcliffe
- 30 October 2006
Pet Shop Boys and Paolo Nutini to headline capital hogmanay celebrations
The main stage at West Princes Street Gardens has previously hosted such enduring music legends as Blondie, Texas and the Scissor Sisters. Yet, organisers of Edinburgh’s Hogmanay Party have surpassed themselves with the headline acts for this year’s beano, which pairs pop icons the Pet Shop Boys with up and coming Paisley singer-songwriter Paolo Nutini.
Pet Shop Boys frontman Neil Tennant, currently celebrating the success of latest album Fundamental and new live LP Concrete is clearly looking forward to counting down to the New Year in the company of the band’s Scottish fans with a greatest hits extravaganza. ‘It’s great to be invited to play the party of the year in Edinburgh and we are really looking forward to putting on a memorable show,’ he says.
Meanwhile, Nutini, a former List cover star, whose debut album These Streets recently went platinum, is equally excited at the prospect: ‘I am over the moon to be asked to play at the Hogmanay festivities in Scotland,’ he says. ‘It’s a thrill to be playing at home on the most special night of the year. I hope that we can really pull out all the stops and make sure the crowd has a roaring good night.’
The Concert in the Gardens, which is expected to attract in excess of 100,000 revellers, kicks off at 10pm on Hogmanay, and will feature three other stages in the arena. Artists performing on these stages and at the Ceilidh in the Gardens will be announced over the coming weeks. Tickets, priced at £40 and £32.50 (plus £2.50 booking fee) are already on sale and can be purchased in person from The Hub, Castlehill and Ripping Music & Tickets, South Bridge, or over the phone from Tickets Scotland (0870 220 1116) or the Usher Hall Box Office (0131 228 1155).