Following his triumphant year as the biggest UK breakout star of 2017, Rag’n’Bone Man, AKA Rory Graham, is set to headline Edinburgh’s Hogmanay, the biggest New Year celebration in the UK.
Edinburgh Hogmanay torchlight procession. Image by Chris Watt
Edinburgh’s Hogmanay is the UK’s (if not the world’s) leading New Year Festival, lasting three days in Scotland’s stunning capital city, drawing an estimated 150,000 people from Scotland and around the world.
Rag’n’Bone Man, AKA Rory Graham, said "Excited to be breaking the New Year in with the Scots at Edinburgh's Hogmanay, what a sick event for a debut show.”
Rag 'n' Bone Man. Image by Dean Chalkly
Edinburgh’s Hogmanay 2018 is better than ever before with new events, including the family friendly Bairns Afore and a new look ceilidh at the foot of the city’s iconic castle, an extended fireworks display which will rival any other city in the world this New Year, and a revamped and animated Street Party that keeps the celebration going all evening.
The three-day festival opens on 30 December 2017 with the stunning traditional Torchlight Procession, which this year blazes a new path, seeing the river of light weave its way through the historic heart of the city around Holyrood Palace and the Scottish Parliament before culminating in a stunning visual moment in Holyrood Park.
On 31 December, local and visiting families have the opportunity to celebrate New Year together in West Princes Street Gardens at Bairns Afore. The family friendly celebration includes an hour of entertainment and culminates in its very own ‘midnight’ fireworks moment at 6pm, allowing families to take their children home to bed before the late night reveling gets underway.
Edinburgh’s Street Party is the only night long celebration that makes that midnight moment last with a six hour street party bringing the spirit of carnival and animating the length and breadth of the Princes Street arena.
From the moment the doors open at 7pm, till after the midnight bells have fallen silent, bands and DJs on stages, street performers and dancers, acrobats, disco divas and fire eaters will all combine to make it the party of a lifetime. Every great party needs a host and we’re delighted that the 2018 Street Party will be hosted by Sanjeev Kohli (Still Game, BBC). Scotland’s own Struan Leslie joins the creative team as director of the Street Party bringing his extensive experience across TV and stage productions.
Ringing in the New Year, Edinburgh’s Hogmanay sees the longest, biggest and best fireworks display for years - set to music and once again launched from Edinburgh Castle.
Edinburgh's Hogmanay street party and fireworks. Image by Chris Watt
Edinburgh’s Hogmanay festival doesn’t stop when the bells finish ringing. On Monday 1 January 2018, the brave, the foolhardy and the generous dive into the chilly Firth of Forth for the Loony Dook, raising money for a huge range of charities in the process.
As dusk falls on 1 January, Edinburgh, the world’s first UNESCO City of Literature, celebrates its rich literary heritage and that of Scotland with projections across buildings and landmarks across the city. In a nod to Robert Burns’s poem Sketch New Year’s Day, Message from the Skies sees literary star Val McDermid join with dramaturg, Philip Howard of Pearlfisher, Edinburgh based projection company Double Take Projections and some of Scotland’s best soundscape artists to create and write a new short story which will lead audiences on a trail around Edinburgh. Message from the Skies runs until 25 January 2018 in a celebration of the Bard’s day too. Message from the Skies is a joint commission by Edinburgh’s Hogmanay and Edinburgh International Book Festival and is developed in partnership with Edinburgh City of Literature and is supported by Creative Scotland through the Scottish Government’s Edinburgh Festivals EXPO fund.
Edinburgh is the world’s festival city, with internationally renowned festivals year-round and Edinburgh’s Hogmanay kicks them off at the beginning of every year. Tickets are available at edinburghshogmanay.com.