Cracker con­cert planned for New Year


Twenty-six­teen has been New Zealand’s warm­est year on record, and New Year in The Square will re­flect those tem­per­a­tures with a free evening of hot en­ter­tain­ment.

There’ll be bands, laser lights, stro­bo­scopic light­ing ef­fects and fire­works.

New Year in The Square co­or­di­na­tor Tony McLaugh­lin said he would be bring­ing a high­pow­ered line-up of new and triedand-true crowd-pleas­ing favourites for the re­gion’s big­gest end-of-year party.

‘‘The city will host the most spec­tac­u­lar event we’ve ever held - and that’s say­ing some­thing if you re­mem­ber last year’s show with Eclipse, the Pink Floyd trib­ute band,’’ McLaugh­lin said.

‘‘Fol­low­ing that huge suc­cess, we felt it was im­por­tant to present an equally im­pres­sive head­line act for this year’s show.’’

In­tro­duc­ing Lost Icons, a 13-piece band, plus sound and light ex­trav­a­ganza, to cel­e­brate the mu­sic of David Bowie, Prince, Joe Cocker and the Ea­gles’ Glenn Frey. It fea­tures lead­ing Kiwi sax­o­phon­ist Roger Manins.

‘‘Roger is the best sax player in the coun­try. The band has a fourpiece horn sec­tion, two vo­cal­ists, two gui­tarists and two key­board play­ers. It’ll be spec­tac­u­lar.’’

Again em­ceed by Mark Hazel­wood, from 6.15pm to the chil- dren’s New Year count­down at 9.30pm, the fo­cus will be on chil­dren‘s en­ter­tain­ment.

The early seg­ment sees the re­turn of Cap­tain Fes­tus McBoyle and his scurvy crew, along with the four­some known as the Funky Mon­keys.

Also re­turn­ing is Highly Flammable. The Welling­ton-based troupe of ‘py­ros’ will get ev­ery­one fired up for the 9.30pm mini fire­works dis­play and chil­dren’s count­down.

Lo­cal bands Libby Offord and the Ses­sion Band, Twisted, and Truly Made set the scene for Lost Icons. Be­fore the mid­night count­down, DJ SK-1 takes over the turnta­bles, while the Dean McKer­ras Hip Hop Dance Crew take over the stage.

‘‘Last year’s event was the most suc­cess­ful in its his­tory with some 9000 peo­ple turn­ing up,’’ McLaugh­lin said.

The al­co­hol and smoke­free event will also fea­ture food trucks, with pic­nics and low chairs wel­come to the events quad­rant for the six-hour fam­i­lyfriendly New Year event.


En­ter­tain­ing flame-throw­ers Highly Flammable will bring their pyro act back for New Year in the Square.

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