Seeing in the New Year in one of the most famous cities in the world can be nothing short of hectic. The crowds, the drinking restrictions, the unfacilitated chaos all for that one good shot of the fireworks at midnight.
Luckily the mastermind behind NYE in the Park, (Hot Dub Time Machine, no less) had the sense to conjure up an alternative, as 10,000 party enthusiasts descended upon Sydney’s Victoria Park to see in 2018 with good music, good company and minimal queues!
The festival opened its gates at 3pm, giving partygoers ample time to get warmed up for the countdown. The Falcona and Sosueme DJs kicked things off at their respective stages, the Amphitheatre and the Sosueme Stage, making sure the crowd were bopping from the get-go.
The line-up featured a whole host of talent including Furnace & the Fundamentals, 2manydjs, Paces and Krafty Kuts to name a few. Headliner Hot Dub Time Machine took the midnight slot at the Amphitheatre while Tiga occupied the Sosueme stage. Both worthy contenders to be accompanying the fireworks as they erupted to announce the New Year. That said, the stand out act of the night for me was Krafty Kuts & Charli 2na who between them had the place on fire. Their energetic Hip-Hop set was the perfect prelude to Tiga and had everybody in high spirits ahead of the headliner.
The talented chicks at Glitoris and The Dazzle Dolls were on hand to ensure the crowd were shining bright, dishing out glittery makeovers for $15 a pop. Most of the glitter-seekers opted for intricate facial designs or a subtle hint of highlight but others were after a more, bespoke, design… glitter tits anyone? No matter the request, the team delivered and the steady stream of customers all day long was a credit to their creativity. Check them out on Instagram @glitorisglit / @thedazzledolls and make sure you catch them at more Aussie events throughout the summer.
For a festival in its first year the team pulled off an absolute blinder. Victoria Park accommodated the event well, big enough to generate atmosphere yet manageable enough to be able to re-find your mates when they bugger off to the loo mid-set. The line-up catered to a plethora of musical tastes which attracted a mixed and interesting crowd. All-in-all, an ideal way to spend the New Year.
Photo credit: Brayden Smith