Richard Holley – Old Year’s Night

“I wanted to write a song that encapsulated the drama of midwinter. I also didn’t have it in me to write a straightforward Christmas song, so I looked at other aspects of the festive season. My mother’s family are from the North East and they have a strong new year’s tradition. They call New Year’s Eve ‘Old Year’s Night’. For a lot of people, it’s a time of reflection- you always think ‘where did the year go to?’ The video is meant to be funny. Everyone has a secret fear of just snapping and doing a Reggie Perrin, or a Basil Fawlty- we all have the potential to do that. I’ve never enjoyed New Year’s Eve and was imagining a man going to a beach on his own on NYE and just getting more and more agitated until eventually he just disappeared into the waves. It was filmed in early December in Brighton. It was 0 degrees and I was staring at the sea thinking ‘I’m gonna have to go in there’. I’m glad I did, though. The sunset was a gift.”