To welcome a spectacular new decade, The Plus Ones enjoyed the BEST. NEW YEARS. EVER. at NYE in the Park — a top choice, no-fuss Sydney New Years music festival, that consciously escapes the chaos and crowds of the city.
Now an annual highlight, NYE in the Park is a gigantic garden party, replete with two tree-lined amphitheatres and a music line-up to blow your mind, while you say goodbye to the year that was.
The 2019 event featured local legends Hermitude, right before the climactic 3-2-1 countdown to midnight, by legendary mix-master Girl Talk (US). Other standouts on the bill were The Jungle Giants who hit the main stage in the early evening. Cinematic electro trio SAFIA are also worth mentioning, whose smooth sounds had us all that extra bit excited to ring in the year 2020.
Designed with music-lovers in mind, I was especially impressed by the more-than-ample number of bars and toilets on the location, which meant we were never waiting in boring queues during our favourite sets. On top of that, the NYE in the Park organisers are responsibly down-to-earth partiers, who listen to their patrons. They were upfront about their policies, and incredibly cool about just keeping things real, safe, and all-round enjoyable for everybody (a rarity these days on the Sydney scene).
Top it all off with the fact that the Victoria Park venue is away from all the nasty NYE tourist traps and uptight city traffic. NYE in the Park is set in a prime, inner-city location, easily accessible by public transport, and close to endless eat-spots for that New-Years-Resolution kebab feed at 2am. We’re all about starting the year right.
NYE in the Park successfully blows every over-rated, over-priced New Years Eve event right out of the water. Because when it comes to the last night of year — you really can’t ask for anything more than an easy-going crowd, a perfect al fresco dance-floor, funky beats, fab friends, and a hugely fun, highly afforable drama-free night out.
NYE in the Park is a yearly event. For more information, visit the NYE in the Park Website.
Jill is a Sydney-based journalist who will try most things once, twice, or even thrice. Follow her on Instagram.