Paolo Nutini is set to headline Edinburgh’s world-famous Hogmanay celebrations.
The Scots superstar, who performed to 35,000 fans at Glasgow’s Bellahouston Park last summer, will ring in the New Year by topping the bill at the Capital’s Concert in the Gardens in front of almost 10,000 fans. It will be his only festival appearance in 2016 and will coincide with the tenth anniversary of his platinum-selling debut album, These Streets.
The singer-songwriter, who is originally from Paisley, was first given the opportunity to perform at the event in 2007, when he was scheduled to support the Pet Shop Boys. Bad weather meant the main event had to be cancelled and Paolo ended up only performing a small set inside Edinburgh Castle.
Discussing the announcement, the musician said: “We went back as a three-piece in 2008 to play a small set before legging it to Glasgow for George Square but this now gives us a chance to make up for lost gigs.
“Edinburgh is electric at that time of year and I’m glad we get a chance to be a part of it. Let’s dance, ladies and gentlemen.”
Indie-rockers The Charlatans have also been lined up to perform at the event. Lead singer Tim Burgess said: “Nowhere in the world sees in the New Year like Scotland. I’ve been to Edinburgh before for Hogmanay and it’s always brilliant. Looking forward to another big night!”
Previous Concert in the Gardens headliners include Blondie, Biffy Clyro, Primal Scream, Lily Allen and Kasabian.
Concert in the Gardens, Saturday 31 December 2016, 8pm – 1am, £55 – £65, https://edinburghshogmanay.com/events/concert-in-the-gardens