Edinburgh Hogmanay details announced

If there’s one city you want to bring in the New Year celebrations with then its got to be Edinburgh. Every year people from all over the globe travel to Scotland to experience the world famous event and now this year the celebrations have gotten bigger than ever.

The Hogmanay event is to be expanded onto the Royal Mile for the first time in 16 years. This is a result of crowd congestion problems at last years show.

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Around 150,000 visitors from more than 80 countries are expected to attend this year’s event.

Organisers hope that by spreading out the celebrations it will ease the number of people trying to access the event from the same point. Last year a safety review was carried out into crowd crushes following congestion problems on The Mound. It was reported that revellers had to scale spiked fences to escape a crush.

Hoping to avoid any potential safety risks this year, an extra stage has been added on Castle Street and a new entrance to the street party is being created in Market Street.

Safety reasons are the main concern for the expansion. However organisers hope that the decision to include the Royal Mile in the street party will take the show back to its historic roots.

Scottish performer Paolo Nutini has been announced as this years headline act, which will be his only UK festival performance this year.

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Indie band The Charlatans have also been confirmed to headline the Waverly Stage on Princes Street. Other acts are still to be confirmed for across the seven open air stages.

A mix of Scottish, dance and jazz music will be showcased amongst stages. A new addition to this years programme is ‘Sprogmanay’ where families with young children can experience activities including storytelling and dancing.

The celebrations will last over three days and will be kicking off on December 30.

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