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Let’s be hon­est: the mu­sic on of­fer along a few streets in Ed­in­burgh on Hog­manay now sur­passes ev­ery­thing on telly the same evening put to­gether. Jools Hol­land might think he’s host­ing the best party in the coun­try, but he doesn’t have King Cre­osote, Fid­dler’s Bid, Django Django, Chvrches, The Rezil­los, Nina Nes­bitt, The 1975 and a full-on ceilidh, does he? And that’s with­out even men­tion­ing the Pet Shop Boys, who’ll head­line the Con­cert in the Gar­dens.

Equally im­pres­sive are the many mu­si­cians who’ll be cre­at­ing var­i­ous Scot:Lands through­out the Old Town be­tween 1pm and 4.30pm the fol­low­ing day. New Year’s rev­ellers should go to the Na­tional Mu­seum of Scot­land from noon in or­der to re­ceive a post­card that will give de­tails about their first desti­na­tion on a nine-part cul­tural jour­ney.

Along the way, you might visit Heid:Land, where the Path­head Mu­sic Col­lec­tive will set up their stall, or catch the fid­dlers of Shet:Land, the Fence Col­lec­tive stars of Lob­ster:Land, or the cast of What­ever Gets You Through The Night at Shadow:Land.

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