Pet Shop Boys to headline Edinburgh’s Hogmanay party

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The Pet Shop Boys will bring their spectacular show to the Scottish capital after they were confirmed as the headline act at Edinburgh’s Hogmanay party.

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[The Pet Shop Boys perform at the closing ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games – picture: PA]

The duo of Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe, who shot to fame in the 1980s, will round off their world tour with a full 90-minute light and sound show at the event.

The Pet Shop Boys were due to appear at the same event seven years ago, but the concert was cancelled due to bad weather.

Tickets for the Hogmanay party have gone on sale earlier than normal after last year’s headliners, Simple Minds, were only confirmed in mid-November and the event failed to sell out.

The Pet Shop Boys, who scored hits with songs like ‘Go West’ and ‘It’s a Sin’, will be one of three acts to appear at the concert in Princes Street Gardens.

They released their 12th studio album Electric to critical acclaim last month, and they are currently touring their new material to 25 countries around the world.

“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,” said Tennant.

Tickets for the Hogmanay concert go on sale on Friday, priced £40 and £45. Tickets for the party on Princes Street went on sale last month.

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