MUSOS KEEP­ING COUNT

Satur­day night live: Let lead­ing acts in­clud­ing the Delta Riggs en­ter­tain you for guar­an­teed fire­works this New Year’s Eve

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - LIVE & LOUD - SALLY COATES

It’s the most ap­pro­pri­ate night of the year to let loose, as you bid farewell to the year that’s been and wel­come the next. But for some rea­son, New Year’s Eve is the big­gest an­nual an­ti­cli­max of them all. Here’s a roundup of some of the best live en­ter­tain­ment on the Coast this Satur­day night to en­sure your count­down lives up to the hype.

DELTA RIGGS

NightQuar­ter Like so many of us, Michael “Monte” Tra­monte has had a cou­ple of New Year’s Eve fizzers, but the Delta Riggs bassist and vo­cal­ist reck­ons you won’t re­gret spend­ing the big night with them.

“We’re a fun live band, if I was a punter I’d bring in the New Year with us.

“I think New Year’s is over­hyped. When I was younger it was al­ways a let down – I feel like you try to plan so many things and you spend most of your time de­cid­ing what you’re go­ing to do. It’s more fun when you just go with the flow.”

De­spite play­ing a five year stretch of New Year’s Eve gigs, Monte doesn’t re­call be­ing on­stage for the count­down, but af­ter this chat his rider might con­tain a cou­ple of weird re­quests, in­clud­ing mar­garita mix and a time ma­chine.

“I don’t think we’ve ever done a mid­night count­down ... we al­ways play early evening.

“I’d have a tiki bar and a bar­tender on­stage and when mid­night hits ev­ery­one gets a mar­garita. Or – this would be awe­some – if I had a lit­tle time ma­chine and ev­ery time it got to like 11:59:40 I’d turn back the clock a minute and make ev­ery­one do it again un­til they got sick of it.

“Nah, we’ll just kick out the jams and make sure ev­ery­one’s hav­ing a rock­ing time.”

The Delta Riggs are head­lin­ing NightQuar­ter’s Mid­night Trip event, sup­ported by The Vanns, Aquila Young, Yes Sir No­ceur and more. Tick­ets $35.

DJ KRONIC

Sin City Night­club LA-based DJ and pro­ducer Kronic will be per­form­ing at Sin City, Surfers Par­adise when the clock strikes mid­night.

If you’re look­ing to ring in the New Year with a fist pump, this is the place for you.

“I’ll be do­ing the count­down, so I’ll need to go into some­thing su­per crazy,” Kronic says.

“Maybe a big trap banger like Wait­ing from RL Grime, What­sonot and Skrillex, or I might just play one of my own. I get ner­vous be­fore ev­ery set, but New Year’s is spe­cial.”

And he won’t be hold­ing back, so get ready to sweat, dance and drink.

“Last time I played at Sin City I was wor­ried I wouldn’t be able to go as hard as I usu­ally do, but I went crazy any­way and they loved it.

“Any crowd just loves en­ergy and not know­ing what’s com­ing next. If I can make them feel hyped, es­pe­cially on New Year’s, I’ll be stoked.”

Pre-bought tick­ets $30 at sinci­tynight­club.com.au

RETRO VAMPT

Drac­ula’s The cabaret restau­rant’s New Year’s Eve vam­pire vaude­ville show cel­e­brates the 1970s through big hair, span­dex flares and a funky song list. For au­di­ences aged 15 years and over only, the com­edy cabaret stars Rudi Testa, Richard Ma­cio­nis, David Kume, Danielle Glanville, Inia De­war, Sarah Louis-Jean and Jes­sica Stans­field. With din­ner and cham­pagne for the count­down, it prom­ises to be a mem­o­rable op­tion. Tick­ets $150.

CABARET DE PARIS

Jupiters Gold Coast Be trans­ported to a Parisianthemed re­vue with a pa­rade of en­ter­tain­ers and exquisitely be­jew­elled dancers. Cabaret De Paris is a stage spec­tac­u­lar cel­e­brat­ing old-fash­ioned show­girl glam­our, aerial pole artistry, com­edy cir­cus per­form­ers, quick-change per­form­ers, il­lu­sion­ists and, of course, the fa­mous French can­can dancers. Tick­ets $63.25 plus book­ing fee.

ZAMBABEM, THE LYRI­CAL AND DJ FREDDY FLYFINGAZ

Mi­ami Mar­ketta The mas­ters of live mu­sic have a mighty show planned for Gold Coast­ers on New Year’s Eve, with a reg­gae group from 4pm, fol­lowed by The Lyri­cal and DJ Freddy Flyfingaz un­til 1am. Lead singer of The Lyri­cal Karl Smith says their New Year’s Eve gig will fol­low their reg­u­lar for­mula, what he calls “a weird acous­tic DJ set”.

“We do one that starts off with Snoop Dogg’s Gin and Juice, then goes into No Dig­gity, then from there it goes into Won­der­ful World by Louis Arm­strong,” he says.

“Then that goes into Easy Like Sun­day Morn­ing then into Work by Ri­hanna ... and that’s all in the same three-minute song.

“But most of the show will be me and Clint on gui­tar and old Genghis Tuan on drums.”

Free en­try.

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