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Franz Ferdinand to headline Edinburgh Hogmanay celebrations

Alex Kapranos of Franz Ferdinand (PA)
Alex Kapranos of Franz Ferdinand (PA)

FRANZ FERDINAND have been announced as the headline act for this year’s Edinburgh Hogmanay street party.

The Scottish band will perform at the Concert in the Gardens for the first time, and will be supported by Metronomy and Free Love.

It follows the release of their latest album, Always Ascending, and an appearance at Glasgow’s TRNSMT festival earlier this year.

Frontman Alex Kapranos said: “Hogmanay is the greatest party of the year and there is nowhere in the world like Scotland to celebrate it.

“Just thinking about bringing in the bells in Edinburgh gets me excited. It’s going to be some night!”

Organisers say 10,000 tickets for the Concert in the Gardens will go on sale on Monday September 3 at 10am.

Franz Ferdinand were scheduled to support Erasure at the event in 2003 but the party was cancelled due to weather conditions on the night.

Charlie Wood and Ed Bartlam, directors of Edinburgh’s Hogmanay, said: “We’re super excited with the line-up for the Concert in the Gardens.

“Franz Ferdinand have had a fantastic year with Always Ascending and in this, their first appearance at Hogmanay, they’re our top choice to get the crowd going into the midnight moment.”

Tickets will be available at edinburghshogmanay.com and on 0131 510 0395.