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Following the announcement of Rag’n’Bone Man as the headline act for this year’s Concert in the Gardens, Edinburgh-born singer Nina Nesbitt and 18-year-old Declan McKenna have been announced as support acts.
Nesbitt came to prominence in 2013 with her single Stay Out. This year, she’s back with a refreshed, matured sound. Producing her own tracks and signed to the Cooking Vinyl label, Nina has recently released The Moments I’m Missing and The Best You Had – and was recently announced as BBC Radio 1’s Artist of the Day.
Nina has supported Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber on tour and her instantly recognisable voice and cool electronic sound has seen her described as one of the most exciting pop artists releasing music this year.
“I can’t wait to return to one of the best New Year celebrations in the world this New Year,” said Nina. “It’ll be so nice to be back in my home city bringing in 2018 with my friends and family.”
This year saw the release of McKenna’s hotly anticipated debut album What Do You Think About the Car?, which midweeked at No.4 in the UK album charts, and cracking appearances on Later with Jools Holland and packed out tents at Glastonbury and Lollapalooza festivals.
Charlie Wood, of Edinburgh’s Hogmanay, said: “We’re thrilled to announce the full music line-up for Edinburgh’s Hogmanay which we’re immensely proud of.
“Edinburgh’s Hogmanay is the UK’s, if not the world’s, best new year celebration and this diverse line up of up and coming talent such as Declan and Barns, current superstars like Rag’n’Bone Man, and pop legend the Human League really demonstrates that.
“We’re also delighted to have Scottish acts showcased on every stage at Scotland’s New Year festival.”
Synth-pop legends The Human League will headline the Waverley Stage.
Scottish Album of the Year winners Sacred Paws will give the opening performance on the Waverley Stage.
Niteworks, from the Isle of Skye, will use spoken word and Gaelic tunes with electronica and dance music to fill the dancefloor.
On the East End Stage, headliners the Treacherous Orchestra will give a modern take on Scottish dance music while rising star Barns Courtney will provide a taste of his eagerly-awaited debut album, Attractions of Youth.
Headliner Rag’n’Bone Man, real name Rory Graham, said: “Excited to be breaking the New Year in with the Scots at Edinburgh’s Hogmanay, what a sick event for a debut show.”