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Edinburgh's Hogmanay: Mercury Prize winners Young Fathers to perform

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Image caption Young Fathers' record, Dead, beat 11 other albums from acts including Damon Albarn, Bombay Bicycle Club and bookmakers' favourite FKA Twigs to scoop the 2014 Barclaycard Mercury Prize

Edinburgh-based hip-hop trio Young Fathers, who won the 2014 Barclaycard Mercury Prize, are to play at Edinburgh's Hogmanay.

The trio will play on The Waverley Stage at the street party along with indie rock band The Twilight Sad.

Twin Atlantic are due to headline the Waverley Stage.

Singer Lily Allen is to headline Edinburgh's Hogmanay Concert in the Gardens. The 29-year-old will play West Princes Street Gardens.

Young Fathers' record, Dead, beat 11 other albums from acts including Damon Albarn, Bombay Bicycle Club and bookmakers' favourite FKA Twigs to scoop the prize.

Year's climax

The band's Alloysious Massaquoi is originally from Liberia, Scots-born Bankole has Nigerian parents, while Hastings hails from Drylaw in the north of Edinburgh.

Dead was the second lowest-selling album on the shortlist, having sold just 2,386 copies since its release in February.

Alloysious Massaquoi said: "If there's any time to play Edinburgh, then this is the best time - at the climax of the year, when emotions are high... and so are the people."

James Graham for The Twilight Sad said: "I've been to the Edinburgh Hogmanay party twice before to see my friends' bands play the street party and I've always had a great time.

"So to be asked to play this year was amazing. It's been a big year for us, we can't think of a better way to see in the New Year and to play one last time in 2014 in Scotland."

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