Pulp to play Edinburgh for first time in 20 years at Hogmanay Concert

Jarvis Cocker’s band are to usher in the New Year at the world famous event on the concert’s 30th anniversary.

Pulp are to perform in the Scottish capital for the first time in two decades as they headline this year’s Hogmanay Concert in the Gardens.

Jarvis Cocker’s band are to usher in the New Year at the world famous event on the concert’s 30th anniversary.

The announcement follows a surprise 2023 reunion and run of sell-out summer shows, and marks the Sheffield band’s first live show in the capital for over 20 years.

The 2023 Concert in the Gardens promises a hit filled set of career spanning pop anthems including Common People, Disco 2000, and Do You Remember the First Time? from the Britpop icons beneath the backdrop of Edinburgh Castle and amidst New Year firework displays.

Frontman Jarvis Cocker said: “When your grandkids ask, ‘Do you remember the first time Pulp played Edinburgh’s Hogmanay?’

“What will your answer be? Come along and start 2024 in the very best way possible. Oh yes.” 

The Hogmanay street party will also welcome 40,000 revellers into Edinburgh city centre and Princes Street, who won’t miss out on Pulp’s headline set, with the full performance and DJ soundtracks being broadcast to screens throughout Princes Street in the Pop Zone.

Directors of UniqueAssembly who create and produce Edinburgh’s Hogmanay said: “Reaching the milestone 30th anniversary for Edinburgh’s Hogmanay is a phenomenal achievement, which since 1993 has welcomed millions of party people to celebrate at the Home of Hogmanay.

“We wanted to make sure that this year was extra special for our audiences and are thrilled to welcome Pulp to the party.

“This will be the hottest ticket in town, and we recommend people grab their tickets fast to make sure they don’t miss out.”

Edinburgh council leader Cammy Day said: “The excellent news that pop-pioneers Pulp are set to headline the 30th Anniversary Concert in the Gardens, as part of Edinburgh’s Hogmanay celebrations, is testament to the international reputation that our city and festivals command.  

“After the difficult years of the pandemic, I’m overjoyed that our festivals are back to their brilliant best and providing such high calibre cultural offerings for our residents and visitors.”

The Concert in the Gardens takes place on Sunday December 31, 2023, in West Princes Street Gardens, from 9pm to 12.50am.  

Tickets go on general release Friday, September 29, at 10.00am from the Edinburgh Hogmanay website priced from £75.00.

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