Edinburgh Hogmanay Torchlit Procession

Edinburgh’s Hogmanay ’19: The day one review

31st December 2018 Off By

Sunday 30th December was the first day of the infamous Edinburgh Hogmanay, beginning with the incredible sight of the torchlight procession through the city’s Old Town.

Over 30,000 were in attendance at the procession, which moved into Holyrood Park to form a giant map of Scotland.

Hogmanay Torchlit Procession Scotland Map
Image credit: Tim Edgeler

Following on from this was a spectacular showcase of some of the most famous Ibiza club classics with ‘Symphonic Ibiza’ at the city’s McEwan Hall.

To my surprise, the crowd was much older than I expected. I suppose you hear the word Ibiza, you think young adults.

You hear the words Symphonic Concert, the last thing you’d expect is a live collaboration of a 20-piece orchestra and high tempo beats featuring songs from all kinds of popular artists. And they were kind enough to give our readers a peek at their setlists.

But the concert was in fact incredible. The orchestra was backed by some amazing vocals, which blissfully complimented the set.

The overall atmosphere of the event is pretty thrilling, and considering that yesterday was only the first day, I was impressed with the impeccable organisation of the event.

I mean, after all, it is the largest street party in the world, and the excitement is now building ahead of countless more Hogmanay events set to take place tonight and tomorrow as we bring in 2019.

One major advantage Hogmanay has over a traditional summer music festival is that whilst there are still hundreds of revellers, the amount of staff and the layout of the event is very convenient.

You can see the event map for Edinburgh’s Hogmanay ’19 on the official website.

Stay tuned for further coverage over the next few days, and check out the event listing for whats on next at Hogmanay ’19 below.

Edinburgh Hogmanay Torchlight Procession, Scotland, UK - 30th December 2018
Image credit: Ian Georgeson

What’s on Next?

  • Bairns Afore: 31 December 5 pm
  • Candlelit Concert: 31 December 6 pm
  • Street Party: 31 December 7.30 pm
  • Silent Disco at the Street Party: 31 December from 7.30 pm
  • Ceilidh under the Castle: 31 December 8.30 pm
  • Concert in the Gardens: 31 December 9 pm
  • Loony Dook: 1 January 12.30pm
  • First Footers Family Ceilidh: 1 January 12.30 pm
  • Capercaillie and special guests: 1 January 4.30 pm
  • Carlos Nunez and special guests: 1 January 8 pm

Check out the full event listings on the Edinburg’s Hogmanay ’19 website.

Main image credit: Hogmanay

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