Rock, electro or swingin’ jazz – take your pick for NYE

THIS New Year’s Eve, as we bid farewell to our centennial year, the ACT Government brings us two major events in the city: the family-friendly concert in Civic Square and an all-ages dance party in Garema Place.

8443849-new-years-eve-fireworks-against-black-skyThe all-ages dance party “Bass in the Place” begins at 9pm with DJ Felixx getting things started, followed by DJ Rawson, who each play for about an hour. After that is DJ Uberjak’d from SA till 11.55 sharp, when a short 2013 tribute video will play before all the shouting and fireworks. Then it’s a trio of local DJs called The Projektz for the first hour of 2014.

Canberra’s own finalist on “The Voice”, Alex Gibson, kicks things off at 7pm on the Civic Square stage before You Am I come on just over an hour later. Then comes the early fireworks at 9pm so the little kids can gasp in awe before being bundled off to bed.

With the children out of the way, You Am I come back for another 45-minute set before local seven-piece band Tuchasoul play up until the countdown, which includes a second helping of fireworks, followed by a 15-minute encore from the band.

Both events are free of alcohol and, this year, the Nightrider buses are free of charge. The fireworks spectacular will be set to music and is sure to be the biggest bang a bureaucrat’s budget can buy.

FAR away from the din of the city at the Arboretum, Ginger Catering is hosting the $150-a-head Great Gatsby New Year’s Eve Party, which includes a three-course meal, drinks and entertainment from the Baker Boys Band.

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