Full Music Line-up Announced for Edinburgh’s Hogmanay

27th Oct 2017




Extensive musical line up showcasing the freshest new talent, current superstars and pop legends including top Scottish artists to thrill revellers in epic Edinburgh’s Hogmanay party

Three stages across the Street Party arena will each host some of the hottest acts of 2017

Pop legends The Human League will headline the Waverley Stage and captivate audiences with an extensive catalogue from the UK’s best pop synth group

BBC Radio 2 and 6 Music DJ, acclaimed musician, actor and Fun Lovin’ Criminal Frontman Huey Morgan will headline the Castle Street Stage with hugely eclectic set

Powerful force in Scottish music, multi-award winning Treacherous Orchestra will headline the East End Stage with eleven-strong explosion of instrumental brilliance, rampaging humour & booming tunes

Concert in the Garden’s headliner Rag’n’Bone Man support acts announced as 18-year-old UK singer-songwriter ‘voice of a generation’ Declan McKenna and Edinburgh’s own Nina Nesbitt who returns with a refreshed, evolved sound

Ceilidh Under the Castle with Edinburgh Gin brings together some of Scotland’s finest folk musicians to lead the audience in dancing the night away – The Occasionals, Heilan Crew and Kipper Ceilidh

Edinburgh’s Hogmanay is the world’s leading New Year Festival set over three days, with a revamped 6 hour Street Party on 31st December full of live music, dancers and aerialists, hosted by Sanjeev Kohli


On behalf of the City of Edinburgh Council, Underbelly announced the line-up of musicians and bands set to carry revellers through the last hours of 2017 and into 2018 at Edinburgh’s Hogmanay - the world’s best New Year celebration.

Following the announcement of Rag’n’Bone Man as the headline act for Concert in the Gardens, today Declan McKenna and Nina Nesbitt were announced as support acts – showcasing the very finest and freshest talent in the UK today.

From his stellar launch onto the UK’s music scene in 2015 when he saw a major label fight to sign him, to his US radio hit Brazil. 2017 saw the release of Declan McKenna’s hotly anticipated debut album What Do You Think About the Car? Which midweeked at 4 in the UK album charts, and cracking appearances on Later with Jools Holland and packed out tents at Glastonbury and Lollapalooza festivals, Declan is one of the hottest young talents in the world and often referred to as the ‘voice of a generation’ with his eloquent, social conscious lyrics.

Edinburgh’s own singer-songwriter Nina Nesbitt came to prominence in 2013 with her single Stay Out. This year she’s back with a refreshed, matured sound. Producing her own tracks and signed to the Cooking Vinyl label, Nina has recently released The Moments I’m Missing and The Best You Had and was recently announced as BBC Radio 1’s Artist of the Day. She’s supported Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber on tour and her instantly recognisable voice and cool electronic sound has seen her described as one of the most exciting pop artists releasing music this year.

Across the Street Party arena three stages will have very different vibes offering the 60,000 strong audience the chance to experience a hugely eclectic and buzzing line up of musical talents and genres set in amongst Edinburgh’s iconic streets.

Waverley Stage
UK pop legends The Human League brings their signature British synth sound to Edinburgh’s Hogmanay, headlining the Waverley Stage with a set which takes in their classic hits Don’t You Want Me and Mirror Man to more recent tracks including Tell Me When and Night People which have brought them a whole new following decades after their original success.

Scottish Album of the Year (SAY) winners Sacred Paws will provide a striking opening performance. Eilidh Rogers and Rachel Aggs (Sacred Paws) released their debut album Strike a Match early in 2017 garnering acclaim from the music press and finding champions on BBC 6 Music drawn in by their playful, intense bitter sweet sound and their album packed full of energy and ideas.

Four childhood friends from the Isle of Skye, Niteworks has gone on to create some of Scotland’s most exciting music. Fusing folk and modern club music, Niteworks weaves spoken word and Gaelic tunes with electronica and dance music to fill the dance floor at their explosive live shows bringing them sell-out tour success and seeing them headline at festivals across Scotland.

East End Stage

Headline act and winners of the Album of the Year at the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards, Treacherous Orchestra is a powerful force in Scottish music; a huge, eleven-strong explosion of instrumental brilliance, rampaging humour and cracking tunes, its joyous, incendiary performances take modern Scottish dance music into a thrilling new dimension.

Widely praised for their stunning and exciting live shows, they have electrified audiences wherever they’ve played - from remote Hebridean islands to European festivals; from sell-out shows at Celtic Connections to main stage at the world- renowned Cambridge Folk Festival.

The East End Stage opens with Barns Courtney who’s hits Fire and Glitter and Gold and have topped Spotify’s viral chart, appeared in the Bradley Cooper film Burnt, Suites and Teen Wolf. He has supported The Who, The Libertines and Blur and this year enjoyed a successful headline tour of the US and released his debut album The Attractions of Youth. The lead single Champion has been described by Clash as ‘an outlandish, exuberant stomper, an arena-filling monster that is set to delight fans at live shows for years to come.’

Ready to turn the world yellow and sparkly the irrepressible Colonel Mustard and the Dijon 5 brings the unexpected to Edinburgh’s Hogmanay. With a sound which they describe as what happens if Primal Scream and Happy Mondays had children genetically fused with the DNA of Frank Zappa, Bob Marley, James Brown, George Clinton and Neil Diamond, they are famous for their on-stage antics with laughter yoga and hug-offs, the crowd is set to play its part in this party.

Castle Street Stage

The Castle Street Stage will create a party atmosphere with DJs playing all night and one of the best views of Edinburgh Castle and the midnight fireworks anywhere in the centre of Edinburgh.

Headlining the DJ Stage is Huey Morgan. The BBC Radio 2 and Radio 6 Music DJ, and frontman of Fun Lovin’ Criminals will bring his expert knowledge of blues, funk, soul, disco, latin, jazz, hip hop, punk and rock n’ roll music with customary New York cool to deliver a storming set of massive tunes that will really get the party going!

Hosts for the evening, The Mac Twins have performed all over the world for Diet Coke, Armani, MAC Cosmetics, gone on tour with the UK’s biggest music institution The Official Charts, and are the Official DJs for Love Island where they played live on ITV2 every Sunday night. Their talent to connect with any audience has seen them DJ at the UEFA Champions League Final party, at the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, and play alongside Lulu and Pixie Lott for Simon Cowell’s Annual Midsummer Ball.

Ceilidh under the Castle with Edinburgh Gin

In a stunning new location at the foot of Edinburgh Castle in Princes Street Gardens opt for the traditional Scottish ceilidh experience quite like no other in the world. Dance and reel with friends old and new and ceilidh the final hours of the year away, three of Scotland’s finest ceilidh bands will take to the stage to lead dancers through a fun night of Strip the Willows, Canadian Barn Dances and the Eightsome Reels - stopping only to welcome the New Year for the Midnight Moment as firework lift-off from Edinburgh Castle overhead.

The Occasionals have been driving the ceilidh capers for over thirty years and show no sign of slowing down. Comprising some of the best traditional musicians in Scotland, and with best-selling CDs, numerous radio, TV, and festival appearances behind them, a lively night is guaranteed.

Fronted by the sound of the Great Highland Bagpipes, this five-piece band of Highland reprobates, Heilan Crew, will be calling out all the favourite ceilidh dances, but with a funky twist. Bagpipes, keyboards, guitar, bass and percussion bring a 21st century sound to one of Scotland's oldest and most treasured instruments.

Some of Scotland's finest ceilidh players have been reeled in to land this massive ten-piece ceilidh band catch, Kipper Ceilidh! Accordion, fiddles, banjo, whistle, drums, bass, guitars and brass combine to form a ceilidh extravaganza with dance instructions provided by one of the top dance callers in the country.

Street Party

Scotland welcomes the world through its Front Door this Hogmanay to its brand new, re-booted Street Party, where from 7.00pm to 1.00am, an animated and carnival atmosphere will occupy the full length of the Princes Street arena.

The Party is put back in the Street with bands, DJs, street dancers, flash mobs and acrobatics on stages up and down the street, making it the best, most vibrant party anywhere in the world that night. There will be communal moments to bring everyone together in a massive celebration, and singular moments surprising people up and down the arena.

Every party needs a host and Sanjeev Kohli (Still Game, BBC) is the first Hogmanay host, entertaining and guiding the crowds throughout the arena.

Ringing in the New Year, Edinburgh’s Hogmanay sees the longest, biggest and best fireworks display for years - all set to music and once again launched from Edinburgh Castle.

Charlie Wood and Ed Bartlam, Edinburgh’s Hogmanay, said: “we’re thrilled to announce the full music line-up for Edinburgh’s Hogmanay which we’re immensely proud of. Edinburgh’ s Hogmanay is the UK’ s, if not the world’ s, best new year celebration and this diverse line up of up and coming talent such as Declan and Barns, current superstars, like Rag‘n’Bone Man, and pop legend the Human League really demonstrates that. We’re also delighted to have Scottish acts showcased on every stage at Scotland’s New Year festival.”

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.”

Nina Nesbitt said: “I can't wait to return to one of the best New Year celebrations in the world this New Year! It'll be so nice to be back in my home city bringing in 2018 with my friends and family.”

The Occasionals said: “We in The Occasionals are just thrilled to be back at Edinburgh’s Hogmanay again. It’s always special and there’s nothing else quite like it. We’re hoping you’ll all come along and join the fun and help us welcome in the New Year - with the kilts on and with the ceilidh.”

Colonel John Thomas McMustard, Colonel Mustard and The Dijon 5 said: “Playing the Edinburgh Hogmanay party will be a dream come true for the Dijon5. We can't wait to get the audience from all over the world singing, laughing, dancing and crossing the road safely. We are going to bring our full party starting capabilities and peace love & mustard to the show. No one will leave without a big smile on their face!”

Kipper Ceilidh said: “Looking forward to a smokin’ hot night of al fresco, high- energy dance and music in the beautiful natural amphitheatre of Princes Street Gardens...all the big fish will be reeling in for the Ceilidh under the Castle!”

Niteworks said: “It's great to be involved in the Edinburgh Hogmanay celebrations, and especially this year with such a strong vision being put forward by the team. We really can't wait to be involved in what will be the best party in the world to welcome 2018"

The Mac Twins said: "Genuinely this is a serious bucket list tick for us and we've never been more excited for a gig. We've always just watched the fireworks from the braid hills near our mums house, so it'll be an honour to watch them on stage."

Heilan Crew said: “There’s nowhere we’d rather be on the biggest night of the year, than under the spectacular backdrop of Edinburgh Castle, playing for the biggest ceilidh of the year!”

Treacherous Orchestra said: “It's an absolute honour once again to return to the biggest, and best new year party on the planet. To see in the new year with thousands of folk from all of the world is an absolute blast!! We'll be going in hard and fast so get your dancing shoes ready for a TREACHEROUS Hogmanay!!!”

Underbelly has engaged an internationally renowned creative team of sound, light, audio visual and production designers to produce celebrations on the 31st December. The team is led by Martin Green, one of the UK's leading live event producers, Head of Ceremonies for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and currently the CEO and Director of Hull UK City of Culture 2017.

Further details of the Street Party entertainment taking place across the arena will be announced later this year.

Tickets are on sale now via edinburghshogmanay.com

@edhogmanay facebook.com/edinburghshogmanay


For further information, interviews, media passes and any other media enquiries please contact
Susie Gray susie@thecornershoppr.com 07834 073 795
Kate Bouchier-Hayes kate@thecornershoppr.com 07825 335 489


CONCERT IN THE GARDENS (9.00pm, doors at 8.00pm, capacity 10,000)

Nina Nesbitt - www.ninanesbittmusic.com Declan McKenna - www.declanmckenna.net
Rag ‘n’ Bone Man - www.ragnbonemanmusic.com

STREET PARTY (7.00PM TO 1.00AM, £25 (limited EH postcode offer £20), capacity 60,000)

East End Stage

Barns Courtney - www.barnscourtney.com
Colonel Mustard and the Dijon 5 - facebook.com/colonelmustardandthedijon5 Treacherous Orchestra - www.treacherousorchestra.com

Waverley Stage

Sacred Paws - www.sacredpaws.co.uk Niteworks - niteworksband.com

Human League - www.thehumanleague.co.uk Castle Street Stage

The Mac Twins - themactwins.com Huey Morgan - hueymorgan.com

CEILIDH UNDER THE CASTLE (8.30pm, £50, capacity 3,600) Tickets on sale now via edinburghshogmanay.com
Notes to Editors

About Edinburgh’s Hogmanay

On behalf of the City of Edinburgh Council, Underbelly works with internationally renowned creative team and wide ranging partners to realise its ambitions for Edinburgh’s Hogmanay 2018:

Edinburgh’s Hogmanay is refreshed, re-energized and better than ever before!

The Home of Hogmanay invites the world to party for its 25th birthday celebration.

The iconic Torchlight Procession blazes a new path to culminate in #ScotWord: a spectacular visual moment marking the beginning of 2018 as Scotland’s Year of Young People.

New for this year, Bairns Afore will welcome families and young people to celebrate New Year early in Princes Street Gardens.

The re-booted Street Party will create a carnival, animating Princes Street with DJ’s, bands and street dancers, hosted by Sanjeev Kohli, with Martin Green, CEO and Director of Hull UK City of Culture 2017, Head of Ceremonies for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, joining as Executive Producer.

An extended fireworks display lifting from the ramparts of Edinburgh Castle to see in the New Year.

Innovative new project Message from the Skies will run from 1 – 25 January 2018 as part of Edinburgh’s Hogmanay to showcase Edinburgh’s and Scotland’s literature in a unique collaboration between Val McDermid and other Scottish artists and co-commissioned with the Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Edinburgh’s Hogmanay renews its charity partnership with Edinburgh’s One City Trust.


About Underbelly

Underbelly is a UK based live entertainment company whose beginnings were rooted in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2000. Its events and festivals division now operates one of the largest operations at the Fringe, selling over 291,000 tickets for over 150 shows in 16 venues over 25 days in 2017.

2017 marks their fifth year producing Edinburgh’s Christmas for the City of Edinburgh Council, and their first year producing Edinburgh’s Hogmanay (also for the City of Edinburgh Council), one of the UK’s (if not the world’s) leading New Year Festivals lasting 3 days in Scotland’s stunning capital city drawing an estimated 150,000 people from Scotland and around the world.

Elsewhere, Underbelly also produces Underbelly Festival on the Southbank in London one of the biggest multi-arts offerings in London - - 2018 will be its 10th year, Christmas in Leicester Square, Udderbelly Festival in Hong Kong, West End Live in Trafalgar Square for Westminster City Council and the Society of London Theatre and Pride in London, the second largest annual event in London after the Marathon.

Through its Underbelly Productions arm it produces and promotes live shows in London's West End, throughout the UK and on tour internationally and recently opened its revival of Clarke Peters’ Five Guys Named Moe in a specially constructed temporary theatre in Marble Arch, London, they’re also bringing the celebrated improv group Austentatious to London’s West End for the first time.

In 2016, Underbelly sold over 1.3 million tickets to its various events. www.underbelly.co.uk 

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