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