Edinburgh New Year’s Day 2024
With the world celebrating the start of a new year, Edinburgh is prepared to welcome the first day of 2024 with an exciting lineup of events that have been handpicked by none other than the well-known composer and musician Aidan O’Rourke. These celebrations, which are sponsored by Essential Edinburgh and Cold Town Beer and supported by The Scottish Government’s Expo Fund, promise to be an exciting start to 2024.
A Musical Tapestry Sprogmanay and First Footin
The ‘First Footin’ cultural path and Sprogmanay, a family-friendly event aimed at entertaining the youngest members of the community, are two of the day’s highlights. These activities, which combine tradition and modern flair, are suitable for all age groups and promise a day full of lively dancing and entrancing music.
Diverse Harmony An Amazing Live Performance
The live music, which features a diverse and varied lineup of bands and performers, is the lifeblood of the event. These themes—love, friendship, and resolution—are incredibly relevant to the essence of Edinburgh Hogmanay. From the bright rhythms of Hot Chip (DJ set) to the soulful notes of Becky Sikasa, the lineup reads like a musical voyage. Each performance showcases the rich tapestry of musical talent that Scotland is proud to offer. A day full of auditory pleasures is guaranteed with additional artists like Bemz, Coth, Fergus McCreadie Trio, Grace and the Flat Boys, Graeme Stephen, Hannah Fisher Ceilidh Band, Her Picture, Juliette Lemoine & Chris Amer, Kathryn Joseph, Lau, Mira Benjamin, No Windows, Sean Shibe, and Tam Dean Burn.
Support from the government and cultural importance
The Festival Expo Fund generously contributed £130,000 to support Edinburgh Hogmanay and New Year’s Day events, a gesture that delighted Culture Secretary Angus Robertson. He emphasized how important the free events program is to boosting the winter celebrations in the capital and exhibiting the exceptional skills of Scottish performers. This monetary contribution opens the door for an inclusive celebration that unites the community around a common love of the arts and culture.
Guest curator Aidan O’Rourke expressed his delight by stating, “This is the first day of the new year. Typical guidelines don’t apply. Emotions are strong and erratic. His zeal captures the essence of the occasion and highlights the special and transforming ability of music to arouse feelings, creating a memorable and intimate experience for New Year’s Day.
Broad Applause and Diverse Content
Convener of Culture and Communities, Councillor Val Walker, praised the organizers for putting together a varied schedule of events for the beginning of 2024. With a program that includes award-winning rap, experimental folk music, and crafts for all ages, it is clear that careful consideration went into selecting events that would appeal to the community’s wide range of interests and inclinations. She expressed her gratitude to the organizers for their unwavering efforts in making the event entertaining for both locals and guests.
Sprogmanay and First Footin’ Culture Trail Unveiling Local and International Talent
Celebrate New Year’s Day with more than just music at the well-known Sprogmanay, which is organized in association with Scotland’s National Museum. Alongside arts and crafts projects, the exciting program includes performances by Unicorn Dance Party and Sprog Rock. The ‘Resolution Tree’ encourages kids to write their goals and aspirations for 2024 on stars, promoting positivity and a sense of community.
The Festivals Expo Fund’s dedication to featuring regional talent alongside international performances is demonstrated by the Second Footin Culture Trail. A complete list of performers and locations, as well as the First Footin trail map, are scheduled to be unveiled in early December, creating much anticipation. This trail is billed as an exploration of creative expressions that cut across national borders and foster a mingling of many cultures and artistic sensibilities.
New Year’s Day Countdown A Week of Celebrations
An entire week of festivities, starting on December 29 with the Torchlight Procession and Edinburgh Hogmanay precedes the grandeur of New Year’s Day celebrations. On December 30, there is a Night Afore Hoolie and a Night Afore Disco Party to extend the fun. On Edinburgh Hogmanay night itself, New Year Revels, an all-night dance party in the Assembly Rooms, returns. Concurrently, the renowned Street Party and Concert in the Gardens takes place on Princes Street and Princes Street Gardens, drawing 50,000 revelers who enjoy performances by Pulp and special guests Hot Chip (DJ set).