Simple answer: No. Although the show is broadcast ‘as live’ on New Year’s Eve (from 11:15pm, BBC2) – and even features a countdown to midnight and a traditional rendition of Auld Lang Syne – the Hootenanny is filmed earlier in December.
This year the show was filmed on Wednesday 12th December at Maidstone Studios.
Why? By pre-recording the Hootenanny, the show ensures a line-up of musicians that may want to see in the New Year away from the cameras with friends and family. For instance, Ed Sheeran, who performed on last year’s Hootenanny but actually spent New Year’s Eve on the sofa at home.