Paolo Nutini Launches Talent Search for Edinburgh’s Hogmanay 2016 w/ The Lightning Seeds, Frightened Rabbit & The Vegan Leather

This week saw the launch of Paolo Nutini‘s talent quest for Edinburgh’s Hogmanay festival 2016. The annual event, suitably named after the Scottish word for ‘the last day of the year’, brings in the new year with performances from artists, arts and crafts events, firework displays and much more.

Paolo Nutini has been selected as this years headliner for the Night Afore Concert on 30 December and Concert in the Gardens on New Years Eve. The Scottish artist has picked three bands to join him on stage during his performances on both nights. Indie rock band, Frightened Rabbit (30th) and alternative rock band The Lightning Seeds (31st) were chosen, along with up and coming band The Vegan Leather who share the same home town with Nutini.

Scottish band, Frightened Rabbit, will be performing for the second time at the Edinburgh Hogmanay, having already performed at the festival in 2009. Formed in 2003, the band has since found worldwide success and has recently released their fifth album Painting Of A Panic Attack.

“We’re thrilled to have been invited to play with Paolo in the incredible setting of Prince’s Street Gardens,” said the band, speaking of the festival and the excitement for their return. “Looking forward to getting everyone ramped up for Hogmanay!”

The Lightning Seeds have been recording and touring for over twenty years. The Liverpool based band gained popularity with their song ‘Pure’ from the Cloudcuckooland album in 1989 and have gone on to release five critically acclaimed albums. Lead singer of The Lightning Seeds, Ian Broudie, also spoke to Hogmanay about their upcoming performance, “I’ve often seen Hogmanay in Edinburgh on the TV, and the atmosphere looks amazing and it’s going be brilliant to sample it for myself on the night.”

This year the Hogmanay is holding a competition to give two unknown Scottish bands the opportunity of opening up one of Paolo’s shows at the event. Hog the Stage competition has teamed up with Forth 1 and The List to find new and undiscovered talent with the help of Paolo Nutini, “I am a believer and supporter of new music, I am trying more so than ever to support anything good.”

Submissions started Monday, 14th November, and close at 5pm on Friday 25th November. Paolo Nutini will pick his five favourite bands from the list, and then an online voting system will be opened for the public to decide.

The two winning bands will be announced on Wednesday 14th December.

Edinburghs HogmanayTickets for the Night Afore Concert with Paolo Nutini on 30 December and the Concert in the Gardens (31 Dec) are available through or by calling the Edinburgh’s Hogmanay Box Office on 0844 573 8455. Enclosure tickets are priced at £65.00 (Incl. booking fee) and Gardens tickets for £55.00 (Incl. booking fee).


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Words: Mayzie Hopkins