I fl 3 O festival events

Listings are divided into time bands. Unless otherwise stated, all events are free. For events requiring tickets, see details on page 14.

Starting before 4pm

Winter Wonderland Iiast Princes Street (iardetis. 10am 5pm. £4.50 (£3.50 without skate hire); £3.50 for under 12s including skate hire. £12.50 family ticket. lce skate in the open air to seasonal songs. Sift through the (‘hristmas Pair crafts and gifts stalls while warming yourself with mulled wine and roasted chestnuts.

Hogmanay Carnival Waterloo Place.

I lam l lpm. Winter fairgrouiid thrills iii the heart of the city for all the family. Hogmanay Food Fair Assembly Rooms. (ieorge Street. I lam -5pm. Motiihwatering showcase of Scottish foods featuring exhibitions. samplings and music. Supported by Purely Scottish Mineral Water.

Hogmanay Hootfest II The Stand (‘omedy (‘lub. 5 York Place. I- 3pm. Lunchtime latiglis with improvisation. stand-up comedy. games and files.

The Unbelievany Terrific Circus Show Starring YOU! Atrium. Traverse Theatre. ('ambridge Street. I lam—~lpm and

2.30 4.30pm. £3.50. Learn juggling. tinicycling. rola-bola and diabolo. Try clowning. tumbling. tightrope walking and the bed of nails. Total participation for everyone.

Starting 4—6pm The Chipolatas TSB Hogmanay House.

Groupe F

5 (‘hambers Street. 4pm. £5.50 (£3.50). (‘hildreiis’ show catering for 2 10 year olds featuring a lively mixture of songs. comedy and juggling.

Starting 6—8pm

Hogmanay Hootfest ll, Useless Guide To Scotland The Stand ('omedy ('ltib. 5 York Place. 6 7. l0pm. £5 (£4). Bill Dewar and Brian Hennigan's Fringe hit. an alternative historicaI/sociological guide to Scotland with highlights including the ‘Scottish Vietnam lixperience‘ and the ‘Buddha ()f Bathgate’.

Groupe F liast Princes Street (iardens. gates open at 7pm (show lasts 45 minutes). l-‘resh from closing the 1998 World (‘up in Paris with a spectacular pyrotechnic display. (iroupe l" unveil their startling show combining fireworks with a multimedia presentation entitled (In I’m Plus [)0 Lumiere (A Little More Light).

Puss In Boots Adam House Theatre. ('hambeis Street. 7pm. £6 (£4). Lively stage production of the well-known fairy tale with a one-man band and audience participation.

Finding Your Feet 'I‘SB Hogmanay House. 5 (‘hambers Street. 7pm. £7 (£5).Step dancing concert bringing together (iaelic and Scots song and dance. old and new.

Jackie Leven TSB Hogmanay House. 5 ('hambers Street. 7.l5pm. £7.50 (£5.50). Acoustic rock from the angst-ridden singer with a cttlt following.

Ed Byrne Queen‘s Hall. (‘lerk Street.

Groupe F closed the 1998 World Cup in Paris and the Lisbon Expo Concert With truly awesome pyrotechnic and flame-throwing displays. For Edinburgh’s Hogmanay celebrations, they’re starting 1999 off With a BIG bang. Pushing back the boundaries of the traditional firework display, Groupe E’s show combines pyrotechnics with music, street theatre and


Groupe F, East Princes Street Gardens, Wed 30 Dec, gates open at 7pm (show lasts 45 minutes), Fri 7 Jan, gates open at 6pm (show lasts 45



Salsa eltica

The ’hard hands' treatment, courtesy of Edinburgh’s very own big band Salsa Celtica, who round off the year with a night of hot Latin riffs and

Celtic energy.

Salsa Celt/ca, Queen's Hall, Wed 30 Dec, 7 7pm—3am.

7.30 9.30pm. £10 (£8). The star of the comedy circuit. according to many. Byrne's return to lidinburgh for a Hogmanay performance features material from all three years of his sell-out l‘ringe shows.

Christmas On Mars Bedlam 'I‘lieatre. Forrest Road. 7.30 9.30pm. £7 (£5). Adtilt theatre with Harry Kondoleon’s humorous tale of four dysfunctional friends mixed tip in lies. deceit and present giving.

Starting 8—10pm

Hogmanay Hootfest II, The Bob Doolally Show The Stand ('oinedy Club. 5 York Place. 8 9.30pm. £5 (£4). The very nearly man of Scottish football returns with his own home-grown brand of filth and innuendo.

Reel To Real Ceilidh Assembly Rooms. (ieorge Street. 8pm -midnight. £12. An evening of traditional with a capital (iaelic and Scots song and dance. Performers include: The Portonello (‘eilidli Band. Hansel and (iraham Neilson. (‘ompered by Brian Miller. and with haggis bar for those with a healthy appetite.

1&8 Club 99 The 'l'raverse. (‘ambridge Street. 9pm 3.30am. £10. One big party extending from the cool Blueroom. down through the Atrium and The Traverse Bar to the (‘lubrooiii in the main theatre space. Aqua Bassiiio mixes ambient and

lit/.7. electroiiica in the Blueroom. while

the Tartan Amoebas and Soul Providers play live on stage in the Atrium. Bob Jones of Kiss PM whips tip some soul.

jazz and Latin grooves in The Traverse

Bar and Slam l)Js Stuart McMillan and ()rde Meikle turn tip the juice in the (‘lubrooiii

Dance India TSB Hogmanay House. 5 (‘liambers Street. 9.30pm. £5 (£4). (‘onteiiiporai'y dance with the Dance Base troupe.

Jock Tamson's Bairns 'l‘SB Hogmanay House. 5 ('liaiiibers Street. 9.30pm. £8 (£6). Legendary Scottish folk baiid with twenty years experience and at least one classic album under their belts.

Keep It Up TSB Hogmanay House. 5 ('liaiiibcrs Street. 9.45pm. £7 (£5). Zippy young quartet of Scottish instrtiiiientalists.

Starting after 10pm Hogmanay Hootfest II The Stand (‘omedy ('lub. 5 York Place.

10.30pm 12.45am. £6 (£4). live act extravaganza with comedians Parrot. Kevin Hayes. John Hint. Patil .‘\1c.\'ei1l and compere Jane Mackay.

Bruce Morton TSB Hogmanay House. 5 (‘hambers Street. 1 lpiii. £8 (£6.50). Stand-tip comedy with one of Scotlanth top performers.

Salsa Celtica Queen‘s Hall. ('lerk Street. llpiii -3am. £8 (£6). High-flying. hard- blowing Latin jazz and (‘eltic energy from lidinburgh‘s very own big band. The Marwicks Ceilidh Night 'I‘SB Hogmanay Hotise. 5 ('hambers Street. midnight. £7 (£5.50). Burn off some calories with one of Scotlanth finest ceilidh bands. With free acoustic sessions in the bar. open until 3am.

Ed Byrne

Here’s your chance to catch the Irish stand-up comedian live before he's off globe-trotting again. His last show of 1998 draws on material from all three of his preVIous sell- out Fringe shows.

Ed Byrne, Queen’s Hall, Wed 30 Dec, 7.30—7-930pm.