New Year’s Parties Worth Checking Out Down Under

by Isabel Thomson-Officer

It’s hard to believe that 2017 has pretty much already come and gone. As the temperature plummets in the northern hemisphere, the mercury has been steadily rising in the south. The BPM Festival which traditionally took place in Mexico in January is on hiatus this year so what better time than now for artists to tour the land Down Under? In Aus, season is in full swing and every DJ worth his $$$ seems to have decided that this is FINALLY the time to tour Australasia making for some absolutely incredible party lineups this New Year’s for Aussies.

Here are our top pick of the eight best parties to spend New Year’s at Down Under.

Animals Dancing on January 1, 2018 | Welcome To Thornbury, Melbourne

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After discovering Tornado Wallace’s EP for Animals Dancing, we haven’t been able to get enough of this amazing talent from Melbourne. Bringing the Animals Dancing label back to life after a two year hiatus alongside co-label head Otologic, Animals Dancing on New Year’s Day at Welcome To Thornbury is where to find us should we have a slightly bigger than expected New Year’s Eve, most likely nursing a hangover after partying with Steve Ward at Glamorama.

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Epizode Vietnam on December 31, 2017 to January 10, 2018
Phú Quôc Island, Vietnam

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Although not actually in Australia, we’re throwing it in because it just looks incredible with an amazing lineup in total paradise and the plane ride is super close and affordable. If you have time off from work because if you live in Australia, well you seem to always have time off, are traveling or heading to the beach, you should definitely consider buying a ticket to Vietnam for Epizode. Filling the void of The BPM Festival’s usual ten day techno fiesta in Mexico, Epizode is the answer to your sun-filled techno needs out East this January. Eleven days plus an epic line up that includes Carl Cox, Dixon, Mathew Jonson, Marcel Dettmann, Luciano, SHADED, and literally dozens more, what else do we need to do to tell you to get yourself to Phú Quôc Island faster than you can say ‘What Would Diplo Do’? An 11 day pass is also something like half the price of a two day ticket to Meredith...enough said.

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Field Day 2018 on January 1, 2018 | The Domain, Sydney

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Sydney has had it rough the last couple of years when it comes to nightlife thanks to some poorly thought out lock out laws. Although we do hear that the underground scene is once again flourishing and making a comeback, it just moved further out from the city centre. Riding the wave of NYD celebrations that also steers clear of Sydney’s lousy fun-having laws, Field Day is a solid choice to welcome in the first day of 2018. Ame continues his Down Under tour with a stop at Field Day as does Solardo. Andhim, one of our all time favourite German Instragram duos, I mean DJ duos will also be bringing the beats to The Domain in Sydney. Balancing out the underground dance music acts are some of hip hop’s finest rising stars and kudos to Field Day for billing the two genres together. Be sure to check out Princess Nokia who has had a huge 2017 touring like crazy through Europe and the USA. A recent soup throwing incident at a racist New York subway rider that went viral saw her become even more popular for more than just her music. LA’s Vince Staples is also asserting himself as one of hip hop’s finest wordsmiths of today. You’ll have a Field Day checking out the great range of diverse artists booked to play this impressive one day festival!

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Gorgeous pres NYE 2018 with Marek Hemmann on December 31, 2017 | Museum of Contemporary Art Australia Sydney

Now in its eighth year, Gorgeous pres NYE is a great choice to ring in the New Year in Sydney across two beautiful  rooftops of the MCA. Headlining, Germany’s Marek Hemmann is one of the grooviest, minimalist techno guys going around. His track “Gemini” is a naughties club classic that still carries weight nearly ten years later. Known for his sonic sensitivity and gift for creating melodies, his music is uplifting and infectious that will have everyone up and dancing. Don’t miss out on his special live appearance, we promise it won’t disappoint!

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Let Them Eat Cake New Year’s Day on  January 1, 2018 | Werribee Park, Melbourne

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Now in its sixth year, Let Them Eat Cake has well and truly established itself as the place to celebrate the New Year in Melbourne. I mean, who even goes out on NYE these days anyway? That’s just so 2010. Taking place once again at Werribee Park mansion, this year’s Let Them Eat Cake lineup is as strong as ever. With international headliners like Ame, Jackmaster, Stephan Bodzin and Jon Hopkins alongside Aussies like Nite Fleit, and Sam Weston, this is the place to be with the Melbourne crew on NYD. 

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Lost Paradise on 28 December 2017 to January 1, 2018 | Glenworth Valley, Sydney

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Held over four days just a one hour drive north of Sydney in Glenworth Valley, Lost Paradise is named after the ancient land known to local aborigines as ‘Paradise Lost’. With all of the usual transformational bells and whistles like Yoga, drummers, and roaming circus performers, Lost Paradise also boasts a pretty amazing lineup. Look no further than Rufus, Little Dragon, Cut Copy, Late Nite Tuff Guy, Jon Hopkins, Patrick Topping, Jackmaster and of course Ame who are all sure to have the dancefloor absolutely slamming. 

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NYE 2017 with Steve Ward, JPA & Silversix December 31, 2017 at Glamorama, Melbourne

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Fitzroy’s Glamorama comes fully equipped with a Funktion One Soundsystem, and on New Year’s Eve, the Chameleon crew: Steve Ward and JPA alongside Thick as Thieves’ Silversix. Partnering with The Sound Project, the evening will also feature beats from Joram Flynn, The Regulators and apparently, some very special guests. For those wanting to keep things local without breaking the bank (tickets start at just $10), this is an attractive NYE celebration. Although come prepared to party, keeping things local doesn’t mean low key...

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Piknic Melbourne - New Year’s Day on January 1, 2018 | Sidney Myer Music Bowl

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According to their Facebook page, The Piknic Électronik Melbourne NYD Spécial is going to be one helluva party. Taking place behind the Sidney Myer Music Bowl where the legendary Summadayze once resided (RIP), the lineup makes this party a rather attractive option. Making up the international talent, Canada’s Tiga will be joined by Solardo and Marek Hemmann. On the Australian side is Acid Jacks aka Honeysmack who has been around since the 1990s and is credited as one of the early pioneers of Australian acid house and techno. Made in Paris and DJ Kiti will also balance out the Australian DJ offerings.. If you’ve already made NYD plans or are intending to hit up Let Them Eat Cake instead, then don’t stress! Instead be sure to check out their insane summer lineup that includes Yotto, Derrick May and Agents of Time taking us right through until April.

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