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Hogmanay tickets still available
Hogmanay in Edinburgh
A fireworks display in Edinburgh is held to bring in the New Year
Thousands of tickets are still up for grabs for Edinburgh's Hogmanay celebrations.

It is feared the bad weather which caused last year's event to be cancelled may have made people cautious about buying tickets in advance.

Promoters sought to assure potential revellers that the 2007-8 Street Party would be the biggest and best yet.

Kasabian, Calvin Harris and Idlewild will be headlining this year's Concert in the Gardens.

We've not had weather like last year since then...the odds are in our favour
Steve Cardownie
Edinburgh Council

The annual celebrations will also feature theatre shows and ceilidh events in the run up to midnight.

The 2003-4 and the 2006-7 parties had to be cancelled because of poor weather.

Four weeks ahead of this year's event thousands of tickets, including the 5 Street Party passes remain unsold.

There are still tickets for the Concert in the Garden, the Ceilidh in the Gardens and the Hoog & Hoog Royale parties in the city.

Sales have surged over the last week however, according to Edinburgh councillor Steve Cardownie.

Internet auction sites

He said: "Given last year's cancellation, we had expected people to wait until closer to the event to purchase tickets and obtain passes.

"However since the full launch of the Hogmanay programme last week we have seen a surge of interest, with thousands of people scooping up party passes.

"I'm confident that Edinburgh's Hogmanay will remain one of the world's most popular ways to celebrate the New Year."

Mr Cardownie said of last year's cancellation: "We've not had weather like last year since then. The odds are in our favour."

He warned against buying tickets on internet auction sites.

"There are still tickets through official channels and people should not allow themselves to be conned by tickets on e-Bay.

"We're restricting wrist bands to four per person and we implore everybody to go through official channels."

"We've got four weeks for these wristbands to go and I've no doubt they will go."

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