by Mikaela MacKinnon
Hogmanay ‘madness’ struck the capital over the weekend, with tickets to Edinburgh’s four-day New Year celebrations going on sale on Saturday. Event organisers predict that tickets to the festivities will sell out in record timing, with the announcement that Madness have been confirmed to headline the Concert In The Gardens on New Years’ Eve.
Madness last performed in Edinburgh fifteen years ago, with news of their return to the city sparking much enthusiasm from prospective revellers.
The band will celebrated their successful three decades in the music industry with a fitting hat-trick of concerts this year: having performed at this years Glastonbury festival, going back to their Camden roots by staging a one-off concert in London’s Regent Street, and finishing with Edinburgh’s Hogmanay centered around Princes Street Gardens.
Pete Irvine, Creative Director of Edinburgh’s Hogmanay, said in a press release, ‘Madness are the perfect party band and we’re delighted that they’ve agreed to headline Edinburgh’s Hogmanay music and firework spectacular.
Councillor Steve Cardownie, Festival and Events Champion at the City of Edinburgh Council, noted the importance of Scotland’s ‘Homecoming 2009’ year – a celebration of 200 years since the birth of Robert Burns – as a factor to help draw large numbers of tourists back to Edinburgh in time for the Hogmanay celebrations.
‘Edinburgh’s Hogmanay is envied across the world and this year, with Madness set to perform, there will be no better place to be to bring in the New Year,’ Mr Cardownie stated. ‘Madness know that Edinburgh can celebrate with the best of them – they’ll have the city jumping to Ska so its definitely not to be missed.’