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.