Pet Shop Boys to Headline Edinburgh’s Hogmanay 21st Anniversary Concert in the Gardens
Organisers of Edinburgh’s Hogmanay are delighted to announce that one of the most successful UK acts of all time, Pet Shop Boys, will headline the Edinburgh’s Hogmanay 2013/14 Concert in the Gardens. The event will mark the end of the pop duos hugely successful Electric world tour which has performed 45 shows and festivals in 25 countries throughout 2013, attracting rave reviews from the likes of The Times and The Guardian, and ecstatic audience reactions.
“Like Madonna, Lady Gaga and Kate Bush, they are proper pop stars who understand how to fuse the mainstream with the avant-garde. This show combined the energy of a rave with the pacing of a musical…” The Times
“Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe achieve a deft balance of energy, warmth, wit and spectacle that most younger, bigger pop stars struggle to match.” The Guardian
The duo will bring in the New Year with a string of greatest hits along with tracks from their critically acclaimed twelfth album, Electric in West Princes Street Gardens. This exclusive UK performance celebrates a landmark 21st anniversary for Edinburgh’s Hogmanay. It also marks the long awaited return to the capital for Pet Shop Boys, following the cancellation of New Year celebrations across the UK in 2006/07. Edinburgh’s Hogmanay is a signature event of the Year of Homecoming Scotland 2014, launching a packed programme of events throughout the year.
The Guinness Book of Records has listed Pet Shop Boys as the most successful duo in UK music history, with over 50 million record sales worldwide. Three-time Brit Award winners and six-time Grammy nominees, since 1985 they have achieved 42 Top 30 singles and 22 Top 10 hits in the UK Singles Chart, including four number ones: West End Girls, It’s a Sin, Always on My Mind and Heart.
Pet Shop Boys received an award for ‘Outstanding Contribution to Music’ at the 2009 BRIT Awards. The band’s latest studio album, Electric was released earlier this year, July 2013 and reached number 3 on the UK Albums Chart, gaining them their highest album position since the release of Very in 1993.
“A pulse-quickening, mind-tickling dance LP 27 years after their debut? This duo did much more than get lucky.” Rolling Stone
Neil Tennant said “We are delighted to bring this show to Scotland on New Year’s Eve. We’ve always felt we’ve had some unfinished Hogmanay business in Edinburgh after the weather put a stop to the planned 2006 show and this is going to be a fantastic way to see in the New Year!”
Cllr Steve Cardownie, Festivals and Events Champion for the City of Edinburgh Council has expressed his excitement to have Pet Shop Boys in the line up: “Like Edinburgh’s Hogmanay, the duo continues to stay fresh and exciting, thrilling audiences year after year.”
Revellers can purchase tickets for Concert in the Gardens now at www.edinburghshogmanay.com, by calling Edinburgh’s Hogmanay Box Office on 0844 573 8455 or by calling in to the Hogmanay Box Office at The Fringe Office, 180 High Street, Edinburgh.