The BBC has answered the question you ask your self every New Year’s Eve – Jools Holland’s Hootenanny is not live.
The popular programme is pre-recorded in early December because, the BBC said, the show is an “idealised New Year’s Eve party with a line-up that would surely be impossible to deliver on December 31”.
This 25th edition of Hootenanny, which brought in 2018, was headlined by Ed Sheeran and also featured other acts such as Jessie Ware, Soul II Soul, Mavis Staples, Beth Ditto, Puerto Rican guitarist José Feliciano and Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue.
The programme aired on BBC Two at 11.20pm on New Year’s Eve and ended just before 2am. It is timed to line up with the real-time countdown to the New Year. However, one year the broadcaster mistimed the broadcast – so instead of timing the countdown correctly there were mentions of New Year’s Eve for some time after midnight.
However, the revelation that the show is not a live broadcast first came to light in 2008 after the broadcaster received complaints from viewers saying they felt misled.