What to expect at Edinburgh's Hogmanay 2018: Aerial artists, giant puppets and new performance zones

Edinburgh's Hogmanay 2018: Aerial artists, giant puppets and new performance zones


Organisers shake up Hogmanay celebrations with 80 additional performers

'We want to create a sense of welcome, the best Scottish tradition', say Charlie Wood and Ed Bartlam, Directors of Edinburgh's Hogmanay. 'As people arrive at the front door, they're going to get a traditional greeting and, at the same time, feel the impact of this fresh new execution of one of Scotland's great events.'

Upon arrival, visitors will be guided through traditional tenement doors, where acrobats and giant granny puppets wait to welcome you on the other side. Dancers will teach the steps to the Gay Gordons and Dashing White Sergeant ahead of the Big Dance taking place later in the evening.

As well as a new floating DJ stage on Castle Street – where you'll find Huey Morgan and The Mac Twins – three podium stages will be dotted along Princes Street for the new street acts, including local parkour artists, fire acrobats and LED drummer group SPARK!. Edinburgh's Got Soul lead a pop anthem sing along just before 9pm, launching activity on the podium stages that will continue until the bells.

Look out for Still Game's Sanjeev Kohli who'll be hosting his own TV show at the event, shown on big screens around the arena. He'll be dropping in at Concert in the Gardens, Ceilidh under the Castle with Edinburgh Gin, Hogmanay HQ and stages along Princes Street, sharing some of the event's highlights.

When headliner Rag'n'Bone Man takes to the stage, aerial performance company All or Nothing will lead a massed choreography to some of his tracks and the buildings along Princes Street will be animated, creating a remarkable outdoor performance experience.

Fireworks will go off at 9pm, 10pm and 11pm before the main choreographed display at midnight. When 'Auld Lang Syne' finishes, the party kicks off again with confetti, glitter and music from The Mac Twins until 1am.

Edinburgh's Hogmanay, Princes Street, Sun 31 Dec. Doors close at 10.30pm. Tickets to the Street Party are still available.

Edinburgh's Hogmanay Street Party

Famed as one of the best New Year celebrations in the world, thousands of revellers bring in the New Year in the centre of Edinburgh with a mix of live music, DJs and varying knowledge of the lyrics to 'Auld Lang Syne'.