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New Years Eve Festival Guide 2013/14

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Figuring out what to do on New Years Eve is always a struggle.

There’s always a million parties attend that you hope will be good, although most of them end up being just another drunken night with your mates. There’s over-priced events at clubs, but who would want to brave The Valley or any nightclub district on New Years Eve? We all know those events are just money-grabs from greedy club promoters targeting people with too much money. What’s left is music festivals, which seem like a good way to bridge the gap between one’s desire to do something memorable on New Years and one’s desire to not venture into The Valley, and spend a shitload of money. 

Woodford Folk Festival (QLD)

Woodford is one of the oldest and most well-known festivals that takes place on New Years Eve and Day, although the entire festival runs for about a week. Taking place in the idyllic surroundings of Woodford, the festival is a nice escape from the bustle of city life. It also attracts good people keen for good time and some good music and art, as opposed to rowdy, sweaty festival goers. It’s a hippie haven, which can be a good and bad thing (really not a good thing when basic hygiene is neglected).

There’s workshops, visual art, circus stuff, dance and live music, so pretty much something for everybody. To bring in the New Years, Woodford have a Latin masked dance party, a jazz party, DJs and acoustic sessions in the wee hours of the morning. Sounds like a special time to me, but by New Years I imagine the festival may have lost most of its novelty, considering it starts on December 27.

Falls Festival (QLD, TAS, VIC)

Falls Festival has already sold out this year for their Lorne show and their 2013/14 Byron debut, but if you’re out in Tasmania you can still snap up tickets to their Marion Bay show. With a line-up that includes huge bands like The Roots, MGMT, Grizzly Bear, Violent Femmes and Vampire Weekend it’s not hard to see why tickets are all gone. But it’s not just the big bands that make Falls special. With art workshops, party bands playing late into the night (including a New Orleans brass band and a Japanese funk band) as well as parades and movie showings, the Falls Festival is a happening, much like Woodford, as opposed to a simply a music fest. Three days is also a much more do-able time schedule for partying.

Harbour Party (NSW)

Luna Park in Sydney is an ideal location from which to take in the New Year and catch the fireworks, and it’s also where Sydney’s famous Harbour Party will take place this year. Havana Brown is headlining the festival , but really, it’s the unlimited free rides that would inspire me to buy a ticket.

The Taste Festival (TAS)

If live music and the arts are not really what you have in mind for New Years than perhaps drinking wine and eating cheese would be more suitable. The Taste Festival is Tasmania’s largest food and wine festival, held from December 28 to January 3. The festival will be holding a special ‘birthday bash’ on New Years Eve to celebrate their twenty-fifth birthday with bands, DJs and of course, excellent food and wine.

Shore Thing (NSW)

Bondi Beach is the place for the best live party music festival on New Years Eve, with artists such as The Chemical Brothers, Fatboy Slim and Snoop Dog headlining in the past. This year is no except with Skrillex headlining and if theatrics are what you’re looking for on New Years Eve then I’m sure Skrillex’s renowned Spaceship Show will beat any fireworks.

Let Them Eat Cake (VIC)

Let Them Eat Cake is an electronic music festival that takes place in Werribee Park – a sixty room Italian mansion. This is a far cry from the sweaty outdoor areas that most festivals are housed in, offering festivalgoers a unique experience. The title is of course a nod to doomed French Queen Marie Antoinette to celebrate the extravagance and indulgence of the event. Patrons are encouraged to ‘frock up’ for the regal wonderland that offers food stalls, visual art displays and electronic music. The line-up includes Dusky, Wolf + Lamb, Bicep and UK maestros James Holden and Julio Bashmore.

New Year’s Eve On the Hill (VIC)

This is another three-day camping festival leading up to New Years, but not on the same scale as Falls. Aussie bands make up most of the line-up, with Loon Lake, Wagons and Pigeon headlining this year. The festival takes place on ‘The Farm’,  a ten minute drive from Loch Village in Victoria.  So if you want to get out of the city, camp with some friends and catch some live music, then New Year’s Eve On The Hill may have been ideal if it wasn’t already sold out. But keep it in mind for next year if you like the sounds of it.

Field Day (NSW)

Dubbed a ‘multistage outdoor party’ as opposed to a festival, Sydney’s Field Day still fills all the requirements for a major festival: multiple stages, thousands of tickets available and popular headliners. This year the line-up boasts The Wombats, Flume, London Grammar and Hermitutde, amongst others. Whilst it’s not an incredible line-up, Field Day offers an alternative for Sydney people who want the festival experience, but can’t venture out to New Years’ bigger festivals.

Origin Festival (TAS)

Ozone Park in Perth will be transformed into a crazy garden party on New Year’s Eve for Origin Festival. The festival is geared toward hip-hop, with smaller stages featuring drum & bass, as well as more chilled electronica. Headliners this year include Wiz Khlalifa, A$AP Rocky, Tokimonsta, TC & James, Rustie, Kode 9, Shadow Child and Jacques Green.

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Although it was sad news that both Peats Ridge and Pyramid Rock Festival would not return this New Year’s Eve, as you can see there are plenty of other festival opportunities to bring in the New Year.

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