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Article published 25/09/2023

Organisers of Edinburgh’s Hogmanay today announced that cultural icons Pulp will headline the 30th anniversary concert in the Princes Street Gardens on Sunday 31 December.

The event will welcome party-people from around the globe to dance their way into 2024 at the world-famous New Year festival. Pulp announced a surprise 2023 reunion and ran of sell-out summer shows.

The headline appearance at Edinburgh’s Hogmanay marks the Sheffield band’s first live show in the capital for over 20 years. They will perform the last show of 2023 and first of 2024.

Fronted by Jarvis Cocker, Pulp has provided the soundtrack to a generation.

The Concert in the Gardens will be a hit filled set of career spanning pop anthems. These include Common People, Disco 2000, and Do You Remember the First Time?

Their set will bring in the bells beneath the majestic backdrop of Edinburgh Castle amidst one of the world’s greatest New Year firework displays. Pulp will once again help make Edinburgh the best New Year party on the planet.

Fireworks at night

Edinburgh's Hogmanay Concert in the Gardens (credit: Roberto Ricciuti)

When your grandkids ask “Do you remember the first time Pulp played Edinburgh Hogmanay?” What will your answer be? Come along and start 2024 in the very best way possible. Oh yes.

Jarvis Cocker, Pulp

What's on at Edinburgh's Hogmanay?

The world-famous Edinburgh’s Hogmanay Street Party will also welcome 40,000 revellers into Edinburgh's city centre and Princes Street.

Crowds will party their way into 2024 with friends, old and new, from around the world, counting down to the spectacular midnight moment.

Street Party revellers won’t miss out on Pulp’s headline set. The full performance and DJ soundtracks will be broadcast to screens throughout Princes Street in the Pop Zone with spectacular effects.

This will create one massive city centre party.

The Tartan Zone on Waverley Bridge, presents a night of foot-stomping music from across Scotland. It will be headlined by the award-winning Elephant Sessions, joined by the incredible Kinnaris Quintet.

This element will open with and exhilarating hour of energetic ceilidh dancing from the islands with the Hannah Fisher Band.

Stage lit up at night

Elephant Sessions at Edinburgh's Hogmanay in 2022 (credit: Roberto Ricciuti)

The Disco Zone hosted by Silent Adventures, will see 4,000 participants enjoy a giant outdoor Silent Disco.

The disco will include tunes from across 30 years of Edinburgh’s Hogmanay, battling alongside the biggest floor fillers from a host of DJ’s throughout the night.

Meanwhile, the night will feature the best in live street theatre, drummers, pipers, vintage funfair rides, and food and drink.

The entertainment will once again create a carnival atmosphere throughout the city centre leading up to the bells.

Reaching the milestone 30th anniversary for Edinburgh’s Hogmanay is a phenomenal achievement, which since 1993 has welcomed millions of party people to celebrate at the home of Hogmanay.

We wanted to make sure that this year was extra special for our audiences and are thrilled to welcome Pulp to the party.

This will be the hottest ticket in town, and we recommend people grab their tickets fast to make sure they don’t miss out.

Directors of Unique and Assembly

Expanded Hogmanay programme

An expanded four-day programme of world-class events will run from Friday 29 December 2023 to Monday 1 January 2024. The full Edinburgh’s Hogmanay programme and ticket details will be released in the coming weeks.

Other confirmed events taking place over the four-day Edinburgh Hogmanay 2023 / 2024 festival include the return of the Torchlight Procession (29 December) with presenting partner EventScotland.

This particular event is in support of homeless charity Social Bite.

The Night Afore Disco Party (30 December) beneath Edinburgh Castle will also return. There will be a packed programme of free New Year’s Day events for young and old.

People holding balloons and enjoying a street party

Revellers at Edinburgh's Hogmanay (credit: Roberto Ricciuti)

The First Footin' culture trail returns, welcoming artists from across Scotland. These artists will perform in landmark buildings, pubs, cafes, and venues throughout the city centre.

There will also be Sprogmanay family events in the Old Town.

Edinburgh’s Hogmanay 2023 / 2024 is supported by the principal funding partners, the City of Edinburgh Council.

It's also supported by the following major partners: EventScotland, Creative Scotland through the Scottish Government’s Festivals EXPO Fund, and Essential Edinburgh.

All of these partners are working together to create spectacular Edinburgh’s Hogmanay 30th anniversary celebrations for Scotland.

The excellent news that pop-pioneers Pulp are set to headline the 30th Anniversary Concert in the Gardens, as part of Edinburgh’s Hogmanay celebrations, is testament to the international reputation that our city and festivals command.

After the difficult years of the pandemic, I’m overjoyed that our festivals are back to their brilliant best and providing such high calibre cultural offerings for our residents and visitors.

I would like to thank Unique Assembly and all our other fantastic partners who have worked so hard on delivering our winter festivals.

This year’s New Year’s Eve festivities are set to be some of the finest that Edinburgh has ever seen.

I’m sure we’ll all fondly remember the first time that Pulp will see Princes Street Gardens and Edinburgh into 2024.

Cammy Day, City of Edinburgh Council Leader

Ticket details

The Concert in the Gardens with Pulp takes place on Sunday 31 December 2023 in the West Princes Street Gardens from 9pm to 12.50am. Special guests are to be announced.

Tickets go on general release on Friday 29 September at 10am. They're priced from £75.00, including booking fees and a 50p charity donation.

A limited Concert in the Gardens pre-sale is available from Thursday 28 September at 10am.

Edinburgh’s Hogmanay Street Party tickets are on-sale now, priced £28.50 including fees and charity donation. There are discounted EH postcode resident Street Party tickets, priced £23.50 including fees and charity donation.

Tickets for the Street Party Silent Disco with Silent Adventure are priced £7.50 including fees. These require a full Street Party ticket to purchase.

Spaces for the Silent Disco Zone are limited and available on a first-come-first-served basis.

50p from every Concert in the Gardens and Street Party ticket purchased will be donated to homeless charity Social Bite. Additional on-line donations can be made when purchasing tickets.

Tickets for both the Edinburgh’s Hogmanay Street Party and Torchlight Procession events are available from 10am, Friday 25 August.

Details of further Edinburgh’s Hogmanay 2023 /  2024 events will be announced in October.

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Edinburgh’s world-famous Hogmanay celebrations are the perfect way to ring in the New Year.

Whether it’s taking part in the Torchlight Procession, dancing away to pop heroes Pulp, or First Footin’ through the city centre, this year’s expanded four-day programme offers the chance for friends and family to connect, enjoy and share in a number of memorable experiences.

EventScotland is proud to be continuing its support of Edinburgh’s Hogmanay as it celebrates its 30th anniversary.

Having events of this scale in our calendar reinforces our position as a world-leading events destination and reinforces Scotland’s place as the perfect stage for events.

Paul Bush OBE, Director of Events

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