Tuesday 23 January 2018

Decade ends with rockin' all over the world

Beverley Rouse in London

There was rockin' all over the world yesterday as the new decade got off with a bang.

In New York, singer Jennifer Lopez headlined New Year's Eve celebrations in Times Square.

Tens of thousands of revellers braved sub-zero temperatures to bring in the new decade at one of the world's most famous street parties.

Up to 80,000 people welcomed the new year at the huge outdoor celebration in Edinburgh, where temperatures were minus 4C.

Partygoers began gathering in the city centre long before the bells to find good vantage points for the music stages and fireworks display.

Weather did not dampen spirits as people had heeded warnings to wrap up warm, with furry horned tartan helmets a popular choice of headgear this year.

Indie rockers We Were Promised Jetpacks and rock band The Enemy were among the groups entertaining the crowds on the three stages of the street party in Princes Street.


Revellers looking for an evening of jigs and reels were heading to The Keilidh where traditional Scottish music was on offer on the ceilidh dance floor.

Pop act Noisettes were to play at the Concert In The Gardens event where 1980s ska favourites Madness were bringing in the bells.

The evening culminated with a huge fireworks and laser display against the backdrop of Edinburgh Castle, as the bells rang out at midnight, followed by a mass rendition of 'Auld Lang Syne'.

Revellers from across the globe had travelled to the city for the celebrations.

Dasha Perezhogina (24), from the Urals area of Russia, was visiting with friends. She said: "We are studying in England at Birmingham University and heard about it so we decided to come and celebrate. It's brilliant and very well-organised."

Others had come from closer to home.

Joe Brown (20), from Newcastle, who was at the event with a friend, said: "It's our first time here this year and we're just in awe. There's so much going on and we're really enjoying it.

"I've heard the fireworks are something special and I'm looking forward to listening to the bands."

Irish Independent

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