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Edinburgh's Hogmanay Festival 2017 already "attracting huge interest"

The world-famous Hogmanay Festival  in Edinburgh goes from strength to strength with tickets already on sale and attracting huge interest for the 2017 event.

Hogmanay fireworks as Edinburgh stages street parties like no other place
Hogmanay Festival fireworks as Edinburgh stages street parties like no other place Image by Robbie Shade / CC BY 2.0

Last year’s Hogmanay Street Party celebrations drew 75,000 visitors from more than 80 countries around the world.

Edinburgh Castle is central to the fireworks display at midnight on New Year's Day as part of the Hogmanay Street Pary
Edinburgh Castle is central to the Hogmanay Festival fireworks display at midnight on New Year’s Day as part of the Hogmanay Street Pary Image by Craig Cormack / CC BY 2.0

The organisers of this year’s Edinburgh event believe they have put together an outstanding line-up to make the upcoming party even more attractive. However, the stellar names will not be revealed for the Hogmanay Festival until nearer the date but top-class fare is guaranteed over the three-day programme.

Hogmanay Firelight.
The Hogmanay Festival firelights. Image by Peter Hunter / CC BY 2.0

Scottish and international acts will perform across multiple musical settings with giant screens adding to the unique atmosphere across the city. The iconic Edinburgh Castle will provide a backdrop for much of the ongoing events.

The celebrations get a spectacular launch with hourly teaser fireworks from 9pm until midnight. At that point over six tonnes of pyrotechnics on the Castle ramparts will blast off the massive New Year celebrations. The spectacle will be watched by over one billion people across the globe.

The Hogmanay Festival gets underway on the Edinburgh streets with the singing of Auld Lang Syne, which the Scottish people share with the world at that time of year. The ‘Home of Hogmanay’ also produces several surprises along the way and the 24th year will be no different. It will be produced by Al Thomson and Penny Dougherty, whose company produce the capital’s Hogmanay for the City of Edinburgh Council. Al Thomson reported “a huge interest” already for Hogmanay Festival tickets from around the world. Edinburgh’s Festivals and Events Champion, Councillor Richard Lewis, claimed no other show could compare to Edinburgh’s Hogmanay.