CENTRAL EDINBURGH, DECEMBER 31 & JANUARY 1
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.