Organizers of Edinburgh’s Hogmanay celebrations are planning a “spectacular midnight moment” as the famous street party prepares to take place for the first time since the Covid pandemic.
Around 30,000 revelers are expected to see a street party in the Scottish capital in 2023.
In addition to the “unforgettable firework and light show” that will be organized as part of the event, party-goers will also receive their own personal LED wristbands, allowing them to be part of the light show .
Technological innovators Xylobands, who have worked at Glastonbury and this year’s Commonwealth Games opening ceremony, are collaborating with the organizers of Edinburgh’s Hogmanay.
Jason Regler, the company’s director of technology and innovation, said they were “delighted to be involved in the famous street party”.
He added: “New Year’s in Edinburgh is legendary and we’re bringing in 2023 with a fun-filled light illumination!”
Unique Events’ Penny Dougherty and Assembly Festival’s William Burdett-Coutts, the directors of the Edinburgh-based event producers appointed in June to produce Edinburgh Hogmanay, said the LED wristbands would help give the party a “spectacular midnight moment”.
They said: “We can’t wait to welcome people back to celebrate in Edinburgh at the home of Hogmanay.
“Our new LED wristbands will ensure that all street party revelers are part of the show and part of the spectacular midnight moment as we bring 2023 together.”
Councilor Val Walker, convener of culture and communities at City of Edinburgh, said: “Edinburgh really is the home of Hogmanay and we’re looking forward to the return of the world-renowned street party.
“Revelers can expect an unforgettable fireworks and light show, and a new level of engagement with the addition of personal LED wristbands. I can’t wait to see it.”
He added: “Hogmanay in Edinburgh is still the place to wear the bells and this year will be no exception.”
Pyrotechnics experts Titanium, meanwhile, will return to set off the midnight fireworks from Edinburgh Castle.
Titanium Fireworks director Simon Page said: “We are absolutely delighted to be back in Edinburgh at one of the best NYE street parties in the world.
“Edinburgh Hogmanay should be on everyone’s bucket list and not just for the incredibly intense fireworks over the majestic Edinburgh Castle.
“After a few years away, it feels like coming home to party with old friends. We look forward to welcoming the world to Edinburgh again.”
Tickets for the street party go on sale on Tuesday 18 October, with details of other events, including the Concert in the Gardens, to be announced later in the month.