Scotland’s favourite indie band Franz Ferdinand is set to headline Edinburgh Hogmanay, the biggest New Year celebration in the UK, for the first time. One of the standout bands from Scotland’s inimitable musical heritage, Franz Ferdinand burst on to the British music scene in the early noughties in a flurry of jagged riffs, hands-aloft choruses and irresistible hooks.
With some of the most danceable, chantable indie anthems of the last two decades, Alex Kapranos and co. have built a reputation for truly electrifying live shows.
One of the most idiosyncratic British acts of recent decades, Metronomy is impossible to pin down and equally as hard not to fall in love with. Seamlessly intertwining funk, electro and rock elements, the eclectic quartet from Devon have built themselves a legion of fans over 5 albums. Their 2011 breakthrough album The English Riviera was nominated for a prestigious Mercury Music Prize, and songs like The Bay and Love Letters are dancefloor staples far and wide. The band has performed at festivals all over the world and is a regular on the UK live music circuit, continuing to enamour fans with its own brand of shuffling beats, ear-worm bass lines and whimsical take on pop.
Glasgow based Free Love is the latest manifestation of Scottish duo Suzanne Rodden and Lewis Cook (FKA Happy Meals) – a continuation and progression of their utopian dance pop experiments released on Night School Records and Optimo, which have seen them nominated for Scottish Album of the Year and performing across the globe. Touring across Europe supporting Liars and The Flaming Lips, and with festival shows as far as Austin, Moscow and Bangalore, the band have become notorious for their sensual live ceremonies. Using a table of all-hardware electronics, Free Love harness a charismatic chaos and unpredictable energy that sets them apart as one of the most exciting artists of 2018.
The full programme for Edinburgh’s Hogmanay 2019 will be announced soon.
Princes Street, Edinburgh
31 December 2018 – 1 January 2019
10,000 tickets to Edinburgh’s Hogmanay Concert in the Gardens will go on sale on Monday 3 September at 10.00am at edinburghshogmanay.com and (+44) 131 510 0395.
Premium tickets: £165 (£160 + £5 booking fee). Premium standing viewing area (hard-standing on top path) with exclusive bar, food and toilet facilities; Enclosure ticket holders: £75 (£70 + £5 booking fee). Exclusive standing viewing area (hard-standing) in-front of the Concert stage; Gardens ticket holders: £65 (£60 + £5 booking fee). Standing viewing area (grass) around the Enclosure area.