New Years for the Music Enthusiast

Written By Lizzie Arnold on 10/03/2014


For those of you who were absolutely devastated by Wet'n'Wild Sydney cancelling its New Year's Eve party at short notice last year, the idea of organising yet another high calibre music event for the 'big night' can often be quite daunting. However, we are just under three months out from New Years 2014, which means Christmas decorations are in supermarkets, the days are getting longer and hotter and all of your friends are fleeing the country on their next self-discovery adventure to Machu Picchu for the Summer.

Don't panic, there is still time. the interns never like to leave a man behind, so if you are stuck at home this December 31, here are just a few New Years music events which will guide you into 2015 and show you some love (metaphorically of course) as the clock strikes midnight.


Let Them Eat Cake (Werribee, VIC)

Jan 1st 2015

Hot off the press, Melbourne’s notorious boutique electronic music festival Let Them Eat Cake has dropped an epic line-up this week which is sure to tickle the fancy of music punters from far and wide. If you are not a fan of the larger crowds and the mainstream, then this unique and extravagant garden-party festival is your perfect fit. It's all about the classy detail at Let Them Eat Cake.

Ticket Price: $145-160

Line-up highlights: Cashmere Cat, DJ Sneak, Hudson Mohawke & Todd Terje

Verdict: You can have your cake and eat it too! So many decadent sweet music things to nibble on here.


Falls Festival (Lorne VIC, Byron Bay NSW, Marion Bay TAS)

Dec 28-Jan 2 - depending on location

Every year it's Falls, Falls, Falls for the NY festival of choice, but why? It is one of those festivals you can rely on to give you a great line-up, awesome weather and a heck of a good time. This music mecca in which thousands of sun-kissed Aussies trek to every year, is nothing too flashy or over the top, it is beautifully organic - but not in a hippy, let's just get stoned all weekend way. Although it may tinker on the more expensive side, there is always something for everyone - geographically (3 locations across Aus), culturally, economically and of course, musically. Unfortunately both the Lorne and Byron Bay legs of the festival are sold out but maybe this festival is definitely worthy of the jump across the pond to Marion Bay.

Ticket Price: $315+

Line-up highlights: Alison Wonderland, Alt-J, DMAs, Jagwar Ma, Jamie xx, The Kite String Tangle, Röyksopp & Robyn, SBTRKT (LIVE), Tkay Maidza, Todd Terje (LIVE) and....Vance Joy (???)

Verdict: You'll falls head over heals in love with this Summer festival!


Origin (Perth)

Dec 31 2014

Origin is taking over Wellington Square in Perth this year with an enviable line-up, definitely worth flying across the country for. Continuing the trend of being one of Australia's most successful urban and underground club events, the talent which flock to WA every year, including rap, hip hop, dubstep, bass and house heads, is pretty damn good.

Line-up highlights: AlunaGeorge, Baauer, Cashmere Cat, Danny Brown, Dillon Francis, Grandtheft, Nina Las Vegas + Special Guests tba

Ticket price: $150-$169

Verdict: West coast Vs. East coast for NYE. Times are changing and it's time to hop on this Perth party train.


Rhythm and Vines (Waiohika Estate, NZ)

Dec 29-31 2014

If you have it in you to make the trek over the Tasman, Rhythm and Vines festival will be sure to play the perfect New Years host away from home. Rhythm, as it is commonly known as by the locals, is an annual music festival held at the beautiful Waiohika Estate vineyard, several kilometres from the city of Gisborne, New Zealand. This is the festival's 11th year so they must be doing something right, and with a enviable line-up announced - including fellow Aussies Chet Faker and Ta-ku - this year will sure to bring a meaty crowd size. One thing to be sure of is that our Kiwi cousins know how put on a party, so come prepared to get pretty crazy, especially when Netsky are involved.

Line-up highlights: BastilleNetsky, Zane Lowe, Chet Faker, Danny Brown, Action Bronson, Just Blaze, Ta-Ku, Jagwar Ma, London Elektricity & MC Wrec, MØ

Ticket Price: $229 3-day pass / $429 (3-day + camping)

Verdict: They may be good at rugby, but is is worth giving them a try? We think so!


Beyond the Valley (Phillip Island,VIC)

Dec 30 & 31

This year we welcome a new kid to the block, the Beyond The Valley festival. A boutique camping event, which is set to be held on the beautiful Philip Island in Victoria - the old site of the cancelled Pyramid Rock Festival - has definitely earned its lineup bragging rights this year. With a focus on "decor, production and theming," there is a stellar cast of future talent. To put itself a cut above the rest, promoters are promising a "higher standard" of food and accommodation, with facilities and grounds being described as a "pop-up luxury hotel with its very own concierge and first class amenities, including a daily hangover spa." Wowie, that's fancy!

Ticket Price: $299

Line-up highlights: Aluna George, Banofee, Basenj, Cosmo's Midnight, Fractures, Dillon Francis, Golden Features, Klo, Motex, Peking Duk, Rüfüs.

Verdict: It's always tough being the new kid, but with a line-up like this, we are certain this is a keeper.


Lost Paradise (Peats Ridge, NSW)

Dec 30 - Jan 1

It seems like the boutique festival is on trend this year, with another newbie adding itself to the New Years bill in the name of Lost Paradise. If you are a fan of fancy website graphics and videos, then you are in for a treat! Oh, and of course there is some great artists on the line-up as well to fill that musical void. Only an hours and 15 mins out of Sydney, this little oasis promises more than just music festival, offering "smoke ceremonies", "glamping" and holi lights and shambhala spa treatments. Heck knows what that means, but we are in!
Ticket Prices: $279+
Line-up highlights: Boy & Bear, Alunageorge, Allday, Touch Sensitive, Elizabeth Rose, Flamingo, Banoffee
Verdict: If you are going to loose yourself at New Years, why not get lost in paradise.


Field Day (The Domain, Sydney)

Jan 1st 2015

Fuzzy events have done it again. Off the back of a sold-out Listen Out national tour, next year's line-up is looking tantalisingly good. For those who would rather shred than camp and prefer the one-day festival to the 4-day slog, then this is your perfect New Year's gem. Taking a healthy sliver off the Falls Festival line-up, Sydney's CBD is sure to light up with the hype of NYE all done and dusted. 

Line-up highlights: SBTRKT, alt-J, Glass Animals, Milky Chance, Salt-N-Pepa, Action Bronson, Danny Brown, Joey Bada$$, Jamie XX, Todd Terje, Dillon Francis, RÜFÜS, Peking Duk & Thundamentals and more.

Ticket Price: $118-$138

Verdict: Ditch the camper, and bring on the city Sunshine!