Hogmanay

Another year over

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Glasgow and Edinburgh host two of the most vibrant New Year parties anywhere in the world. But to enjoy the occasion properly, you’ll need our at-a-glance guide to planning your Hogmanay. Words: David Pollock, Robin Lee and Mark Robertson

Glasgow, 31 December

The Fratellis

Homegrown indie anthemics

You know you’ve finally arrived when your songs become chants for the intoxicated. Just as the ‘ner-ner ne-ne ner-ner-ner!’ of ‘Take Me Out’ became ubiquitous two years ago now the ‘doot-doo-du-doot doo-du-doot doo-du-doo-du-doo-du-doot’ of The Fratellis’ ‘Chelsea Dagger’ is being sung by the great and the good down Sauchiehall Street come Saturday night. The genius of the Fratellis goes beyond mindless chanting for the utterly addictive T-Rex meets Supergrass tendencies found on debut Costello Music. Their rise has been swift but this, to paraphrase the irascible Martine McCutcheon, is their moment, topping the bill in George Square.

The View

Four go mad in Dundee

What is Dryburgh, near Dundee famous for? Well, not much until The View splattered it around the music press this summer. Having done for their home town what Arab Strap did for tourism in Falkirk, these four indie scallies turned their attentions to the rest of the world. It is theirs for the taking. The View have an ear for a tune not unlike The Coral or Buzzcocks and revel in the same vitriolic (baby)shambolic spirit that endeared The Libertines to so many. Their debut album may not have made it to us yet - it comes out in January - but there is enough glee in their singles - including the mighty ‘Wasted Little DJs’ and newie ‘Same Jeans’ - to see us through ‘til next December.

Sons & Daughters

Adrenalised stomp from south of heaven

If 2005 had them in a frenzy launching a breathtaking debut record on an unsuspecting public, then 2006 had the Glasgow four-piece resolutely off the radar. A second album is all but complete, and this special one-off may be the first chance to hear the supposedly magical fruits of their studio graft. Their dark, virulent bluesy stomp would be the ideal soundtrack should El Diablo need a house band for his New Year revels. Local musical deviants 1990s and Union of Knives check in as ample support on the bill.

Hot Chip

Perfect pop goes AWOL

‘Over and Over’ was one of the singles of the year, a subtle, playful incessant glitch of a pop record. But, while their unassuming nature is at the fore on record, the perfect electro pop of Hot Chip becomes a lolloping, rangey beast when filtered through their sizeable live band. Their chameleon-like tendencies are so apposite for Optimo’s impatient playlist that they wilfully swing from new beat to garage punk to studied funk and back, all in the name of bruising dancefloor eclectica.

Mischief La Bas

Warping society on the walk

If you see a few odd-looking characters mingling with the crowds in George Square, it’s probably interactive performance company Mischief La Bas. The imps will be appearing as Ivana Frump, the Elvis Cleaning Company and the Laird of Callybrew, among others. Expect to be surprised - when least expecting it, of course.

Glasgow, 31 December

Noon
FAMILY
The IRN-BRU Carnival SECC, 248 3000, noon-9pm, £19/£17 (£15/£6). Europe’s biggest indoor funfair, with all the old favourites - dodgems and waltzers, you know the drill.

5pm
FAMILY
Aladdin King’s Theatre, 0870 060 6648, 5pm, £20.50 (£10.50). The King’s festive panto, starring local ‘he’s behind you’ alumni Gerard Kelly and Julie Wilson Nimmo.

7pm
ROCK & POP
Glasgow’s Hogmanay George Square, 0870 333 6205, 7pm-1.30am, SOLD OUT. See in ‘07 in the Glaswegian way. Featuring The Fratellis (8pm), Sandi Thom (9.30pm) and The View (11pm), then fireworks at midnight followed by former Runrig vocalist Donnie Munro.

7.30pm
CLASSICAL
Hogmanay Gala Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, 353 8000, 7.30pm, £30 (£18). A collection of seasonal favourites like ‘Amazing Grace’, ‘Flower of Scotland’ and, of course, ‘Auld Lang Syne’. Presented by Una McLean MBE.

9pm
COMEDY
Hootfest! The Stand, 0870 600 6055, 9pm, £17.50 (£15/£12.50). Featuring Gavin Webster, Vladimir McTavish and Susan Murray, hosted by Raymond Mearns.

10pm
CLUBS
Optimo with Hot Chip Old Fruitmarket, 353 8000, 10pm-5am, £25. Twitch and Wilkes present Glasgow’s most eclectic and exciting club night, with guests Hot Chip (live), DJ Mingo-Go and Aidan Moffat (spoken word). An underground Hogmanay institution.

CLUBS
Shitdisco Old Fruitmarket, 353 4531, time tbc, £tbc. Glasgow new ravers take over the Art School union, with help from fellow locals Big Face and Haunted House, plus DJs.

CLUBS
Sons and Daughters ABC, 332 2232, 10pm-5am, £16. First gig in a while for Glasgow’s excellent punkabilly quartet, with support from the equally riotous 1990s and Union of Knives. Plus the regular ABC DJs.

Glasgow, 1 January
Noon
FAMILY
The IRN-BRU Carnival SECC, 248 3000, noon-10pm, £19/£17 (£15/£6). Europe’s biggest indoor funfair. You know the drill.

9pm
FOLK
The Biggest Ceilidh Extravaganza Old Fruitmarket, 353 8000, 9pm, £25. Featuring three highly-regarded Scots ceilidh bands in Fergie MacDonald & The Highland Ceilidh Band, Skipinnish and Alasdair MacCuish & The Black Rose Ceilidh Band.

Edinburgh, 2-30 December

The Torchlight Procession

Walk the river of light

The last Friday of 2006 is the start of Edinburgh’s Hogmanay, and the four-day festival opens with a glowing snake of people, winding from Parliament Square (6.30pm), down the Mound, along Princess Street, and up Calton Hill. Buy vouchers in advance (£4) to ensure you get your own flaming beacon.

German bites in the capital

Scotland embraces Deutschland in an exchange of music, food and theatre. The carnival begins with a pipe band overture on Mound Square at 7.45pm, followed by street theatre in George Street, Berlin nightclub Der Fest in the Assembly Rooms, and a ceilidh stage right outside. And what’s more, it’s all free.

31 December

The New Year Revels

Reeling and rocking at the ceilidh

Don your finest evening dress - Highland formal wear a must for the boys - and prepare to strip the willow, greet the Gay Gordons and slow dance to the Strathspeys. The Occasionals, Hugh MacDiarmid’s Haircut, and Bela McNab’s Ceilidh Band do the musical honours, with dance DJs in the club bar.

Candlelit Concert

Choral classics in the cathedral

Bach’s Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, Haydn’s Missa Sancti Nicolae and a Handel organ concerto make up a feast of devotional music to end the year. Michael Harris directs the Cathedral Choir, who are supported by the Scottish Ensemble and Peter Backhouse on the building’s evocative organ.

Edinburgh, 29 December

6.30pm
FAMILY
Torchlight Procession Parliament Square to Calton Hill, 473 2000, 6.30pm, £5(£4). In aid of Radio Forth’s Help a Child Appeal and the One City Trust, this traditional beginning to Edinburgh’s Hogmanay sees torch-bearing crowds accompanied by pipers up to Calton Hill in suitably Celtic style.

9pm
COMEDY
Hootfest! The Stand, 558 7272, 9pm, £10 (£8). Featuring Tom Stade, Stephen Carlin and Stephen Dick, hosted by Susan Morrison.

11pm
CLUBS
Fast The Bongo Club, 558 7604, 11pm-5am, £5. Raucous punk and electro with The Leg (live), and rebel country at Ride This Train upstairs.

CLUBS
Tokyoblu Ego, 226 9560, 11pm-5am, £8 (£7). Possibly Scotland’s finest house and techno club, with their very own house band.

Edinburgh, 30 December

1pm
COMEDY
Whose Lunch Is It Anyway? The Stand, 558 7272, 1pm, free. Afternoon comedy with Paul Graham and Stuart Murphy.

8pm
FAMILY
Night Afore International George Street, 473 2000, 8-11pm, free. An outdoor event featuring music (including a set from Blazin’ Fiddles on the Scottish Ceilidh Stage), performance, dance, and a decadent German-themed nightclub in the Assembly Rooms.

9pm
COMEDY Hootfest! The Stand, 558 7272, 9pm, £10 (£8). Featuring Tom Stade, Stephen Carlin and Stephen Dick, hosted by Susan Morrison.

Edinburgh, 31 December

Pop’s grand dames delight

They rarely grab the headlines for vomitous-caked nights out with nose candy-happy supermodels; they’re never front of the queue for this month’s prestigious industry ‘award’ nor are they famed for their sibling baiting spats over their music. No, Messrs Tennant and Lowe are far too sophisticated for that kind of thing. They are after all, the greatest pop duo these fine islands have ever produced. No contest. Their influence on pop music is phenomenal. Without them there would be no 21st century Kylie, no Basement Jaxx, no Hot Chip and no Rudebox-era Robbie Williams (proof, that no one is perfect). ‘It’s a Sin’, West End Girls’, ‘Being Boring’, ‘Go West’ and scores more. They may not look like much but they’ve got it where it counts.

The sky alight at midnight

Everyone loves a good display of pyrotechnics, and Edinburgh is blessed with seven high points from which to rain down beautiful fire and fanfare in times of celebration. Hills Blackford, Braid, Calton, Castle, Corstorphine, Craigmillar and Arthur’s Seat are the locations: stand on one and appreciate the other six displays.

Paolo Nutini

Paisley’s own soul growler

He’s made it look so easy but it took four years for the 19-year-old to get to the point of drooling adoration he finds himself in now. His apprenticeship involved being roadie and T-shirt seller, but he seems infinitely more comfortable on stage letting his sandpaper croon be the focus. His debut LP may have taken up residence in the top ten since its release in the summer, but it is on the live stage when Nutini’s voice truly comes alive.

Edinburgh, 31 December

1pm
COMEDY
Whose Lunch Is It Anyway? The Stand, 558 7272, 1pm, free. Afternoon comedy with Paul Graham and Stuart Murphy.

7.30pm
CLASSICAL
Candlelit Concert St Giles’ Cathedral, 473 2000, 7.30pm. This popular event will this year see the Cathedral Choir and the Scottish Ensemble perform Bach’s Cantata 140 and Haydn’s Missa Sancti Nicolae, along with a Handel organ concerto.

8.15pm
COMEDY
Jongleurs Jongleurs, 08707 870707, 7.15pm, £40. Seasonal comedy special with food provided and Dougie Dunlop, Glenn Wool, Dave Johns and Patrick Monahan keeping you laughing into ‘07.
9pm

COMEDY
Hogmanay Hootfest! T
he Stand, 558 7272, 9pm, £17.50 (£15/£12.50). Bells-celebrating laughs, featuring Tom Stade, Stephen Carlin and Stephen Dick.

9.30pm
FOLK
The New Year Revels Assembly Rooms, 473 2000, 9.30pm-3.30am, SOLD OUT. This is a fine opportunity to dust off the kilt and have a proper Scots jig for the bells. With performances from Bela McNab’s Ceilidh Band, The Occasionals and Hugh McDiarmid’s Haircut.

10pm
FOLK
Ceilidh in the Gardens East Princes Street Gardens and Mound Square, 473 2000, 10pm?"1am, £35. For those who prefer their music to be of a more traditional variety, ceilidh-goers will be treated to the sounds of respected Scots roots acts Capercaillie and Salsa Celtica.

ROCK & POP
Concert in the Gardens Princes Street Gardens, 473 2000, 10pm-1am, £32.50. The VIP version of the Street Party with a price to match, it’s worth it to get the very finest view of the fireworks. Onstage, Paulo Nutini will close his breakthrough year with a bang, before the Pet Shop Boys see in the new one.

ROCK & POP
Royal Bank Street Party Princes Street, 473 2000, 10pm-1am, (£5 passes SOLD OUT; £20 ‘party packs’ still available). Just about the biggest single party in Scotland’s calendar.

CLUBS
Vegas! Hogmanay Ball Edinburgh College of Art, 221 6000, 10pm-5am, £30. A retro mix of swing and burlesque, from one of Scotland’s most entertaining clubs in a great venue.

Midnight
EVENT
Seven Hills Fireworks City Centre, 473 2000, midnight, free. Launched from Arthur’s Seat, Blackford Hill, Braid Hill, Calton Hill, Castlehill, Corstorphine Hill and Craigmillar Hill.

Edinburgh, 1 January

The O’ Clock Run

Fun at the crack of a gun

A mile to welcome in 2007 and wake up the senses, this family-friendly jog starts on the Castle Esplanade, heads down the Royal Mile, and finishes in Holyrood Park. Yes, that’s right - downhill all the way. Check-in begins at 11am on the day, so there’s no excuse not to be warmed up.

Edinburgh's Dogmanay

Hungover and husky?

Let the eager and tireless take the strain of New Year’s Day, as the canine world’s equivalent of endurance athletes race tricycle rigs round Holyrood Park. Three husky breeds will fight it out to become top dogs: Alaskan Malamutes, Samoyeds and Siberians.

Edinburgh, 1 January

11.30pm
FAMILY
Kids Duathlon Holyrood Park, 473 2000, 11.30am, £5. For kids aged between 8?"15, a run-bike-run event to start an active new year.

12.30pm
FAMILY
The One O’Clock Run starts Castle Esplanade, 473 2000, check-in opens 11am, race starts 12.30pm, £7.50 entry. From the Castle down the Royal Mile to Holyrood Park, this family-friendly one mile run is the perfect way to shake of the hangover and see in those resolutions.

FAMILY
Edinburgh Bicycle Triathlon Holyrood Park, 473 2000, 12.30pm, free. Continuing the theme of an active new year, this race (now full) sees competitors swim, bike and run around the Commonwealth Pool and then Arthur’s Seat.

1pm
COMEDY Whose Lunch Is It Anyway? The Stand, 558 7272, 1pm, free. Afternoon comedy with Paul Graham and Stuart Murphy.

1.30pm
FAMILY
Edinburgh’s Dogmanay Holyrood Park, 473 2000, 1.30-3.30pm, free. Not just an excuse for a dodgy pun, but also a pet-lover’s delight as teams of Alaskan Malamute, Samoyed and Siberian Huskies compete in a series of display races.

7pm
CLASSICAL
Scottish Chamber Orchestra: Viennese New Year Concert Usher Hall, 228 1155, 7pm, £24?"£18 (£8?"£6). A traditional Viennese concert with a Russian theme, featuring the music of Strauss, Tchaikovsky, Borodin and more.

9pm
COMEDY
Hootfest! The Stand, 558 7272, 9pm, £10 (£8). Featuring Tom Stade, Stephen Carlin and Stephen Dick, hosted by Susan Morrison.

10.30pm
CLUBS
Taste Cabaret Voltaire, 220 6176, 11pm-5am, £15 (£12). One of the city’s very best gay and straight-friendly nights.

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