Edinburgh Hogmanay 2014: Scottish bands announced

Edinburgh's Hogmanay is a highlight for many. Picture: Phil Wilkinson
Edinburgh's Hogmanay is a highlight for many. Picture: Phil Wilkinson
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A host of Scottish bands are to perform at this year’s Edinburgh’s Hogmanay celebrations.

Mercury Prize nominees Django Django, Chvrches, The Rezillos and King Creosote are among the acts to play at the 21st annual street party in the capital.

Organisers expect about 80,000 people to attend the event.

The acts announced so far will perform on the Waverley Stage, with further performers set to be announced when the full programme is published next month.

Councillor Steve Cardownie said: ‘Edinburgh’s Hogmanay Street Party is renowned the world over as being the place to be at New Year and I’m delighted that this year we have such a strong contingent of Scottish artists who are going to help kick off 2014 with a bang.”

Previous headliners include Simple Minds, Primal Scream, Biffy Clyro and Blondie.

The party traditionally ends with a performance of Auld Lang Syne and midnight fireworks from the ramparts of Edinburgh Castle.

Pete Irvine, director of Edinburgh’s Hogmanay, said: “Scotland’s big year starts here and what better way to launch ourselves into the New Year than with a showcase of Scotland’s musical talent here in the home of Hogmanay.

“Edinburgh’s Hogmanay will once again be the best New Year party on the planet this year with a strong Scottish flavour - whether you’re from Scotland or much further afield, come and join us to welcome 2014.”