Edinburgh Hogmanay: All you need to know about Pulp's Hogmanay concert in Princes Street Gardens on Sunday

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With just a couple of days until Britpop legends Pulp take to the stage on Sunday, December 31 at West Princes Street Gardens to close 2023 at Ross Bandstand, we’ve taken a look at all you need to know for the Hogmanay concert.

The ‘Disco 2000’ band will be joined at this year’s Edinburgh Hogmanay Concert in the shadows of Edinburgh Castle by dance act Hot Chip to bring in the bells and welcome the New Year of 2024.

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Running from 9pm until 12.50am, Pulp’s headline appearance at Edinburgh’s Hogmanay marks the Sheffield band’s first live show in the capital for over 20 years, where they will perform the last show of 2023 and first of 2024, bringing in the bells, complete with a stunning fireworks display at midnight.

Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker, who will bring in the bells at Hogmanay in Edinburgh on Sunday. (Photo by John Phillips/Getty Images for BFI)Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker, who will bring in the bells at Hogmanay in Edinburgh on Sunday. (Photo by John Phillips/Getty Images for BFI)
Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker, who will bring in the bells at Hogmanay in Edinburgh on Sunday. (Photo by John Phillips/Getty Images for BFI)

Getting there

There are two main entrances into the Concert in the Gardens, plus an accessible entrance from Lothian Road. South Gate - Bank Street (down the Mound into Princes St Gardens via the Floral Clock Gardens Gate). West Gate - Princes Street (west-end into Princes St Gardens via West-end Gardens Gate). While, the Accessible Gate is at Kings Stables Road (St Cuthberts Church into Princes St Gardens via Golden Gates).

Concert in the Gardens LED Wristbands will be distributed to audience members on entry to the event, and are to be returned on departure.

Edinburgh Trams is offering a free service to all passengers between 12am and 2am on January 1. The tram operator will provide a split service between Newhaven and Picardy Place and the West End to Edinburgh Airport free of charge over a two-hour period to help people get home safely. The split service and closure of city centre stops will begin at 7pm on December 30.

Set list

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Expect a greatest hits set on the night by Pulp to bring in 2024. Their latest set list, for their last gig on December 2 at a music festival in China, which was slightly shorter than their expected stage time in Edinburgh, was: I Spy; Disco 2000; Something Changed; Joyriders; Weeds; Weeds II (The Origin of the Species); F.E.E.L.I.N.G.C.A.L.L.E.D.L.O.V.E.; Sorted for E's & Wizz; This Is Hardcore; Do You Remember the First Time?; Babies; Sunrise. Encore: Common People.

The band’s last longer performance was on November 25 in Chile, when the set list was: I Spy; Disco 2000; Joyriders; Something Changed; Pink Glove; Weeds; Weeds II (The Origin of the Species); F.E.E.L.I.N.G.C.A.L.L.E.D.L.O.V.E.; Sorted for E's & Wizz; This Is Hardcore (With "End of the Line" Remix); Do You Remember the First Time?; Babies; Sunrise. Encore: Like a Friend; Underwear; Common People.

Support act Hot Chip are due to perform a DJ-set ahead of Pulp’s headline show.

Stage times

Doors open at 8 pm, and the stage is live from 9 pm. Late arrival may result in having to queue for entry.

Weather

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Concert in the Gardens is an all-standing outdoor event in the middle of winter, so be prepared for a very busy event and winter weather. The latest weather forecast by the Met Office predicts a chilly and cloudy night with a a temperature of 3C at 9pm, but feeling like 1C due to a cold breeze of around 6mph.

Tickets

The last few remaining tickets for the Hogmanay Concert by Pulp are still on sale, priced £72.50. Concert in the Gardens takes place in a designated event arena in West Princes Street Gardens, and tickets do not permit entry into the Street Party arena. Re-entry to the Concert in the Gardens is not permitted (i.e. leaving the Concert in the Gardens event arena and then trying to regain admittance)

Age restrictions

For safety reasons, no under 12’s are permitted at the Concert in the Gardens or Street Party events. Anyone under 16 years must be accompanied by an adult over 18 years of age.

Alcohol

No alcohol can be brought into the Concert in the Gardens event; there are bar and food facilities available at the event.

Searches

Event Organisers reserve the right to conduct security searches of bags and clothing on entry. Avoid bringing any bags larger than a sheet of A3 paper (297mm x 420mm).