There’s undeniably a collective exhaustion across the board when it comes to New Year’s in Sydney – expensive tickets, long bar lines, lacklustre entertainment and overcrowding are now unfortunately standard – with these obstacles-to-a-good-time merely compounded at harbour-side events; that are consistently plagued with hectic traffic and over-bearing tourists. This has dissuaded many music-lovers from committing to organised parties and events come New Year’s, with many preferring to stay indoors. Sydney creative event aficionados Falcona and party maestro Hot Dub Time Machine sympathise greatly with this plight, and for years now have been diligently working on a brand-new vision for NYE. Their dream event will now finally come to fruition this December.
Destined to become an annual highlight, NYE in the Park is a giant garden party, which will descend on the glorious grassy fields of Victoria Park, Broadway, for the very first time, this December 31st. This exciting inaugural celebration offers a hugely fun, highly affordable, drama-free night out – with ample space to dance, more bars and toilets than you can poke a stick at, a wide selection of great gourmet food, and all at a scenic, easy-to-reach location. Most important of all, NYE in the Park is an event designed with music-lovers in mind: a carefully-curated line-up of festival-sized proportions will transform the Park into a live music utopia. NYE in the Park’s huge spread of international and national producers, bands and DJs will perform across two stages from early afternoon until late night. Better yet, this festival-sized line-up comes without a festival-sized price-tag: making it a fantastic, inner-city alternative to an expensive weekend at a festival out-of-town. Indeed, with prices starting at only $59, it might be one of the more affordable NYE options you will come across all year – full stop.
With venue selection paramount to a fuss-free time, NYE in the Park also offers an easy-to-get-to-location – far away from the tourist trap headaches. Ideally located in Sydney’s inner-west, Victoria Park is widely accessible by public transport (Redfern Station is a five-minute walk), yet is removed from the tourist and transport pitfalls of Circular Quay. The spacious grounds of Victoria Park offer ample green acreage where revelers can spread their wings: everyone will have room to move on this al fresco dancefloor. Edged with views of the Sydney city skyline, Victoria Park’s natural scenery – ancient towering trees, lush foliage, and beautiful heritage gardens rich with local flora and fauna – will provide a jaw-dropping backdrop for the night’s performances. As day turns to night, the sunny blue skies will fill with stars – and a special fireworks show will be unveiled.
OFFICIAL LINE UP
From Coachella to Camperdown…we couldn’t be happier to welcome one of our headliners 2MANYDJS to NYE in the Park, for a very special New Years’ performance. As Soulwax, the Belgian-based Dewaele brothers have created some of the most seminal club productions of our times – singles NY Excuse and E Talking, and album Nite Versions, are nothing short of iconic. Under the guise of 2MANYDJS, Soulwax have headlined most stadiums, arenas and nightclubs in the world, always delivering wildly eclectic and entertaining sets – from prog-rock, to RnB, to hip hop, to German techno, to electro – they drive fans wild with their selections; stacking them full of Soulwax originals, and drawing from their massive vault of first-class remixes of the likes of Gorillaz, Daft Punk, Justice, LCD Soundsystem and more. Accompanied by an audiovisual spectacle, their NYE set is going to be the stuff dance music dreams are made of!
Of course, it wouldn’t be the Best. New Year’s. Ever. without HOT DUB TIME MACHINE who will be setting off his epic, time-travelling, audio-visual party to co-incide with the countdown into 2018. This will be the ultimate homecoming for our time-travelling hero, who will have recently returned from back-to-back, sold-out performances to thousands across Europe and the US. Hot Dub can’t wait to hit the stage on his Inner West home-turf.
Get ready for the ultimate old-school hip hop showdown, as Jurassic 5 hip hop legend CHALI 2NA hits the stage for a live performance, alongside hugely respected turnablist and breakbeat pioneer KRAFTY KUTS. The dynamic duo are sure to pack a remarkable energy into their set – it will be fire from start to finish as Krafty unleashes his signature funk and bass beats and impressive scratching skills, and Chali 2na unleashes that monster baritone.
Soak up a spine-tinglingly special set from the captivating VERA BLUE as she spreads her sultry electronica over the gorgeous gardens at NYE in the Park. Her recent Splendour in the Grass 2017 set was widely acclaimed by media as one of the festival’s standout performances. Vera’s huge voice, magic stage prescene and always eye-catching costumes are sure to make her NYE in the Park appereance one of the most delightful (and unmissable) performances of the day.
Any band that forms off the back of an epic two-week-long house party gets our tick of approval. NYE in the Park is amped to welcome Melbourne scallywags NORTHEAST PARTY HOUSE to the stage. Fans of Foals will vibe NE Party House’s expansive tracks, that strike the perfect balance between danceable dance music, fun pop and dirty rock. Their triple j Like A Version of Childish Gambino’s Redbone mashed with LCD’s Dance Yrself Clean was one of the best we saw this year.
After kicking off the year with this impressive performance at Golden Plains, followed by another delicious dressing-gown showdown at Secret Garden Festival, the always-entertaining Melbourne five-some TOTAL GIOVANNI will wind it out by delivering us a shirtless slice of soft-disco perfection in the park. The merchants of groove and sexy moves bring their collection of warm, organic, dance tracks to our stage off the back of a tour with musical bedfellows Client Liaison – so we’re sure they’ll come well oiled-up for NYE in the Park. PACES totally crushed it at the Hot Dub Wine Machine shows earlier this year, Hot Dub is so excited welcome the Gold Coast gun back for another awesome adventure at NYE in the Park. Live instrumentation, amazing colourful visuals and back-up dancers make a Paces live show a hyper-fun, hugely entertaining experience – his infectious sense of fun will help you ring in 2018 with a massive grin
One of Australia’s electronic dance music trailblazers, YAHTZEL – a personal favourite of Diplo, Skrillex and ODESZA – will let loose a sunshine-and-synth filled sensory set of infectious indie-dance in the park. Sydney showmen FURNACE & THE FUNDAMENTALS perform their larger-than-life, music tribute show – a non-stop mash up of the best party songs of all time. Fresh from nailing a completely unforgettable sold-out show at the Enmore Theatre, limber up and get ready to sweat your way into the New Year as these guys put through your party paces in a full dancefloor workout!
Bringing together art, storytelling, ethereal electronica and dance, RUNNING TOUCH’s live show is always thrilling. Onstage, he’s an artist that gives off an electrifying live presence – not dissimilar to that of London Grammar – his ethereal electronica and experimental indie pop tones projected out across the gorgeous gardens at NYE in the Park will be a special experience. Popular Sydney chanteuse NICOLE MILLER also gears up to hit the gardens with her soul-melting vocals. Millar’s is the standout voice from a heap of your fave tunes – Peking Duk’s High, Golden Features’ Tell Me. And it’s a voice that’s even more rewarding to experience in solo mode; the singer made quite the impression when she shared with us her own chilled, indie-tronica work, in single Tremble. Millar’s always-enthralling live set couples soul-melting vocals with a stunning visual show, and we can’t wait to have this homegrown heroine hypnotise us on NYE.
Another strong, seductive performer at the Park party will be Melbourne singer, songwriter and producer MARIBELLE, whose moody, electronic pop productions have seen likened to that of Kelela, and NAO. Aussie collective HAIKU HANDS are a crew of Australian artists being hailed as NBTs. Recently exploding onto the scene with rave-inspired single Not About You, Haiku Hands craft genre-bending tracks whose influences range from hip hop, to pop, electronic, dance and disco – always characterized with a keen sensibility for the dancefloor, cheeky songwriting, and riot grrrl energy. We’ll be sneaking this sassy set into our NYE partying, that’s for sure.
DJ, triple j presenter, and the creative driving force between Hand Games and TAXX, tastemaker LUEN JACOBS will make a firm fan of many as she deliver diverse dance selections and big energy to the Park. Legends of the Sydney indie-club scene PURPLE SNEAKERS DJs join us at NYE in the Park with their tasteful dancefloor selections. Byron Bay via Germany electro group PARCELS have shot to notoriety after they linked up with iconic duo Daft Punk to write track Overnight, which has since become a massive radio hit. Keeping krautrock kicking in 2017, lady duo MEZKO bring the Park some edge with their sassy dark rock-meets-synthy electronica vibes.
And finally, we welcome your very special hosts for the evening… aerobics instructors from cult Sydney craze RETROSWEAT will hit the stage during the evening – clad in the most lascivious of legwarmers and leotards – to make you sweat with a series of throwback workout moves.
No matter how your 2017 turned out, on December 31, you can be guaranteed to end it a winner at NYE in the Park. This is the New Year’s Eve party Sydney’s been waiting for – so round up your best people, grab your tickets, and let’s gather in the gardens…for the Best. New Years. Ever!
NYE IN THE PARK – 2017 LINE-UP (Alphabetical Order)
2MANYDJS (DJ SET)
FURNACE & THE FUNDAMENTALS
HOT DUB TIME MACHINE
KRAFTY KUTS & CHALI 2NA
NORTHEAST PARTY HOUSE
PURPLE SNEAKERS DJS
…plus your hosts, RETROSWEAT.
December 31, 2017, 3pm – 1am | Victoria Park, Broadway, Sydney
REGISTER FOR $59 (+BF) PRE-SALE TICKETS NOW WWW.NYEINTHEPARK.COM
General on-sale Thursday 9 August, 10am AEST.