Thousands enjoy Hogmanay at Edinburgh street party

Thousands enjoy Hogmanay at Edinburgh street party

Around 75,000 people took part in last night’s Edinburgh Hogmanay street party which saw Franz Ferdinand headline the night.

From the moment the doors opened at 7.30pm, ‘til long after the midnight bells fell silent, bands and DJs, street artists, aerialists, musicians and dancers from Scotland and mainland Europe created a party that will live long in the memories of the tens of thousands who gathered to bring in New Year in Edinburgh.

Franz Ferdinand at the Concert in the Gardens. (Pic: Roberto Ricciuti)

Throughout the night Edinburgh’s Hogmanay’s theme, We Love You, celebrated Scotland’s shared bonds with Europe and created a great atmosphere among new friends and old across the arena.

Franz Ferdinand blew it out the park with a set including Take Me Out, Dark of the Matinee and an emotional rendition of Auld Lang Syne. Metronomy ramped up the energy in the audience with The Look and The Bay, and hair flicking, bare footed Free Love kicked off the action on the main stage.

Headlining the Waverley Stage, Gerry Cinnamon’s fans chanted ‘til he took to the stage.

Edinburgh band Vistas ramped up the party and hands were in the air as Snap! delighted kicked our off 2019 with Rhythm is a Dancer.

Edinburgh born, The Mac Twins kept the party goers perky throughout the night as the official hosts of this year’s Street Party and turned up the party with a DJ set after midnight to keep them dancing through to 1am.

Gerry Cinnamon performs as part of Edinburgh’s Hogmanay. (Picture: Aly Wight)

All around the arena entertainment came from every angle and from Scotland and nations across Europe in a celebration of our relationship with those countries.

Stunning crazy opera divas on giant balls rolled through Princes Street as France’s Compagnie Transe Express wowed the Street Party.

Charlie Wood and Ed Bartlam, directors of Underbelly who produce Edinburgh’s Hogmanay on behalf of City of Edinburgh Council said: “We Love You. Tonight Scotland celebrated with the world its cultural and social connections with Europe.

“Our artists gave the crowd the most amazing and passionate performances and there was a tremendous atmosphere across the arena.

“Thank you to all who made this possible and we look forward to seeing you again next year.”

Chief Superintendent Kenny MacDonald, Event Commander for Edinburgh’s Hogmanay, said: “We have been delighted with the behaviour and attitude of the vast majority of revellers in Edinburgh this Hogmanay.

“No arrests were made by our officers and we would like to thank the public for listening to safety messages and ensuring that Edinburgh welcomed in the New Year in an entertaining, but safe environment.”

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