Hogmanay Concert: Biffy Clyro to headline all-Scottish line-up

Scots rockers Biffy Clyro are headlining the Concert in the Gardens. Picture: Lisa Ferguson

Scots rockers Biffy Clyro are headlining the Concert in the Gardens. Picture: Lisa Ferguson

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We may be blowing our own trumpet, but no one does Hogmanay quite like us.

It’s a truth almost universally accepted that the best place to bring in the Bells is right here in the Capital.

Honeyblood. Picture: Victoria Sanders

Honeyblood. Picture: Victoria Sanders

After all, 150,000 merry revellers from all corners of the globe can’t be wrong, right? Throw in some of the best bands around, DJs, entertainers, food and drink villages and the world-famous midnight fireworks display, and you’re guaranteed to start the new year with a bang.

The flagship Concert In The Gardens will be headlined by Biffy Clyro, who went down an absolute storm when they last played the event in 2010. The Ayrshire trio are making their first UK appearance this year at the event, and they will be joined in the amazing setting of West Princes Street Gardens by local heroes Idlewild and Honeyblood in an all-Scottish affair.

Speaking about their much-anticipated return to Concert In The Gardens, Biffy frontman Simon Neil said, “We’re so happy to come out of musical hibernation to kick off 2016 with the show on Hogmanay.

“We want to rock off the cobwebs and prepare for the year of da Biff. Nothing can compete with Edinburgh’s Hogmanay celebrations and we hope to make it a special night for everyone.”

Idlewild

Idlewild

As well as Top 10 hits such as Mountains, That Golden Rule and Many of Horror, the cult Scottish rockers could use their headline slot to showcase brand new material from their next album, due next year.

Having formed in the Capital 20 years ago, Idlewild are themselves no strangers to gig-goers in these parts.

Roddy Woomble’s band, whose hits include You Held The World In Your Arms and American English, played the event in 2007 in a bill that included indie darlings Kasabian and hitmaker Calvin Harris.

Locals Honeyblood are the lesser-known of the three acts at Concert In The Gardens, but they’ll have no problem getting the party started – just ask anyone who saw them open for the mighty Foo Fighters at Murrayfield Stadium in September.

The dynamic duo of Stina Tweeddale and Cat Myers are one of the most exciting young bands around right now, and they’re set to be absolutely massive in 2016.

As in previous years, the Waverley Stage has some cracking acts of its own.

Newcastle alt-rockers Maximo Park headline a bill that also includes Mercury-nominated punk duo Slaves and Glasgow funk outfit White, who won Best Breakthrough Act at the Scottish Music Awards in November.

Over on the Castle Street Stage, there will be performances from leading Scottish Celtic crossover acts Rura, Peatbog Faeries and a special 25th anniversary set from local favourites Shooglenifty.

The Frederick Street Stage, meanwhile, provides the soundtrack of the party, with DJ sets from BBC 6 Music’s Craig Charles, who presents his Funk N’ Soul Show, and Edinburgh’s Simon Hodge.

The Mound Stage features the Guilty Pleasures cabaret performers, fresh from their sell-out stint at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe.

Revellers will be teased with hourly fireworks displays throughout the night, leading up to the big midnight spectacular, when over six tonnes of pyrotechnics are launched from the ramparts of Edinburgh Castle and Calton Hill.

As the crowd comes together as one for the traditional singing of Auld Lang Syne, images will be beamed to an estimated TV audience of over one billion.

Even from the warmth and comfort of your own livingroom it will be quite a spectacle, though nothing beats being there in amongst the crowds.

After all, wha’s like us?

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