Hogmanay 2013: What’s on in Falkirk

Lieutenant Stardust are one of the bands performing at Behind the Wall on Hogmanay
Lieutenant Stardust are one of the bands performing at Behind the Wall on Hogmanay

Falkirk revellers will be best served staying in the town to celebrate the start of 2014 and give the big city bashes a wide berth.

Why freeze your giblets on the streets of Edinburgh and Glasgow or the creaky, leaky old castle in Stirling when you can live it large in the warmth and comfort of much loved local venues and the awesome entertainment they provide.

Behind the Wall will see in the New Year with Falkirk’s legendary glam rockers Lieutenant Stardust firing into all the good time party hits they play so much better than any other bands, even some of the groups who originally performed the songs.

A visual as well as sonic treat, Stardust look the part too with their flamboyant costumes and be-wigged barnets. Forget Jools Holland and his Hootenanny line-up, Stardust can blast out an eclectic mix of music at warp factor eight without the hidden agenda of a new single or album to plug.

And if you’re looking to play a more active part in the Hogmanay entertainment then pubs the length and breadth of Falkirk will be plugging in ye olde Karaoke machine to let punters sing in the New Year.

Looking for a bit of a boogie then serach no further than the town’s two top nightspots for all your late night/early morning dancefloor action.

Whatever the name, Doak’s Ballroom, Oil Can Harry’s, The Maniqui, Storm has been attracting folk like a highly powerful magnet for generations and no doubt masses will march to Meadow Street before or after The Bells to feel the beat.

City hasn’t been around as long as Storm, but it is now a well-established location for groove riders of all ages and their festive nights are the stuff of legend.

Taking people through to the dawn of 2014, City’s Biggest and Best Hogmanay Party starts at 10 p.m. and throbs all the way through to 3 a.m.

Featuring five hours of non-stop music, pumped out by eight top DJs, including Parisian house head honcho Gregori Klosman, the night will also include more gadgets and gizmos than a Roger Moore-era Bond film, with lasers, pyro effects and CO2, confetti and glitter cannons.

But what of the alternatives I hear you ask?

Where is Falkirk’s competition for the biggest night out of the year?

Head east for Hogmanay and all Edinburgh has to offer this year are cold, damp streets, no trams yet, a few fireworks and the casio keyboard noodlings of The Pet Shop Boys.

Journey west to Glasgow and you find its official street-based celebrations end at an insanely early time of 10 p.m. with no big names to speak of within a 50-mile radius of the city when The Bells chime. There’s a ceilidh band called Bahookie though and King Tuts have an Oasis tribute band though.

The “city” of Stirling welcomes back Deacon Blue to the castle so people can risk life and limb climbing the steepest street in the world to hear their greatest hit.

So this Hogmanay, it’s clear there’s no alternative.

Stay put, enjoy yourself thoroughly and greet 2014 in your own town.