Final details for Edinburgh’s Hogmanay 2014 celebrations revealed
Including a Torchlight Procession through the city centre, mini-festival Scot:Lands and the annual Loony Dook
The final programme for Edinburgh’s Hogmanay 2014 celebrations was announced today. Opening proceedings is the much-loved Torchlight Procession (Tue 30 Dec), in which 8,000 torchbearers will take to the streets to walk from George IV Bridge through the city centre. The following night on the Mound, The Smashers will provide traditional music to reel to at the Keilidh, and fireworks displays will take place at Calton Hill and Edinburgh Castle (9pm, 10pm, 11pm and midnight).
Live music will be provided by Lily Allen, Mercury Prize-winners Young Fathers, Twin Atlantic and The Twilight Sad. Plus, Fringe favourite Hot Dub Time Machine comes to Hogmanay for the first time: DJ Tom Loud plays tunes from the 1950s to today and will be beamed across six screens at the street party, to over 75,000 people.
On New Year’s Day, the free mini-festival Scot:Lands takes place. Eleven indoor and outdoor spaces across the city will host events curated by a series of artists, arts organisations and musicians. Highlights include Heart:Land, a music event presented by folk musician Roddy Hart, with live performances by Withered Hand, Lonesome Fire and Admiral Fallow, and HebCelt:Land, a celebration of Celtic music recreating the annual festival on the Isle of Lewis. Blether:Land is a story-telling programme inspired by Sir Walter Scott and poet Robert Fergusson, whilst Tide:Land promises a unique film screening accompanied by a live score from Joe McAlinden at a secret location. Inspired by old playground games, High School:Land is a series of interactive games and and Neu:Land is hosted by Edinburgh-based art collective Neu! Reekie! and will feature animation, spoken word and music, with live performances from TeenCanteen and Birdhead.
Also on 1 January is the annual Loony Dook, a charity parade through South Queensferry followed by a chilly swim under the Forth Road Bridge.