Celebrating New Year's Eve in Scotland - a wee guide to Hogmanay 2010/11

As per usual, Scotland's traditional word for New Year's Eve (and Day and the day after etc) will be celebrated by a whole host of events, particularly in the major cities. Hogmanay has become something of a commercial machine in recent years, with both Glasgow and Edinburgh hosting organized 'paid' events across the New Year period.


For something a little more traditional and less mainstream, head to the smaller towns like Stonehaven, for example, where they swing balls of fire around their heads as part of a colourful procession, quite possibly under the influence of single-malt.

Edinburgh's Hogmanay

Edinburgh's Hogmanay

Edinburgh will be hosting its own impressive torch-light procession, as well as a series of live appearances as part of the family-friendly Hogmanay celebrations. You can view a range of official Edinburgh Hogmanay events by clicking the image to the right or in the listsings, below.

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Biffy Clyro

So, the annual Edinburgh Hogmanay grows bigger by the year, with an impressive line-up of rock and pop luminaries such as Biffy Clyro with The Charlatans and Billy Bragg appearing together at West Princes Street Gardens. Tickets for Biffy are £35. KT Tunstall is also appearing as part of the Resolution Concert, starring herself and King Creosote amongst others for an evening of quality songwriter sets - £11 for tickets. A second concert featuring The Coral and Kaiser Chiefs will also take place in Princes Street on the same night.

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Booka Shade

As well as The Charlatans' frontman Tim Burgess performing a DJ set with Adam Ficek at the Liquid Rooms for a spot of aftershow action (£15 for tickets), there is some full on clubbing action planned for the HMV Picture House from 10pm on NYE with a full live show from tech-house star Booka Shade. With support from local DJs, this official Hogmanay after-party, hosted by Musika, will take you right into the New Year with a provisional finish planned for 5am. Tickets for the whole night cost £28.50.


Hogmanay Party - Image: allgigs ltd
Image: allgigs ltd

Hogmanay Party

Numerous venues will be hosting an array of Hogmanay parties on New Year's Eve, including the Alea Casino (Isobar Hogmanay Party - £20), the Classic Grand (Club Noir, two burlesque shows - £20), the O2 Abc (Propaganda [club night] vs LoveMusic club night - £10) and some live band action at the Captain's Rest (£7 admission).

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