Featuring five stages of high-octane entertainment, live music and performances proudly showcasing a line-up of 100% Tasmanian talent, gourmet food and drink and a front row seat for the dazzling fireworks, The Taste of Tasmania's New Year's Eve Party is Hobart's biggest end of year celebration.
With community, innovation and pride of place being key themes underpinning the Festival program, The Taste of Tasmania has scoured the state, from metropolitan areas to the many islands that dot the shoreline, in search of the very best talent to provide an unforgettable night of revelry on Tuesday 31 December 2019.
Over seven sensational hours, guests to the Taste New Year's Eve Party can dine out on morsels prepared by over 70 stallholders while 65 top quality Tassie performers take to four stages to deliver a powerful night of entertainment.
With a soundtrack that reworks your favourite songs from the 70's, 80's, 90's and today, as well as a sprinkling of original works, each artist promises to bring something special for Hobart's night of nights. Expect original covers of hit tunes from the likes of Beyoncé, Dolly Parton, Bob Marley, Amy Winehouse, INXS, Johnny Cash, Fleetwood Mac, Aretha Franklin and more.
To help you get into the party spirit Joseph Chromy will top your glass up with a free pour of sparkling when you arrive to the celebration.
Taste of Tasmania Festival Director Brooke Webb said "The Taste of Tasmania is proudly celebrating our wonderful and unique home, both in our food and entertainment curation this year."
"Besides producing the finest food and drink in the world, Tasmania is also home to some of the most exciting performing artists around. We've sourced over 65 of these electric and eclectic performers for our massive New Year's Eve Party.
"We'll have some well-known Tassie musicians and singers, who have worked with the biggest names in the industry, there on the night. We'll also be supporting emerging artists, some fresh out of the Conservatorium, by giving them an opportunity to work with professionals and perform onstage in front of a crowds of thousands."
"There's no place in Tasmania where you'll see so much Tassie talent. All the artists are really excited to be a part of the event and will be delivering some dynamic performances with a strong sense of Tassie pride."
"Our New Year's Eve Party is the ultimate night out, whether you ring in the New Year with your best mates, the family or that special someone, this event is an opportunity to support our home grown talent and enjoy live performances, great food and beverage stalls and enjoy the best view of the fireworks!" said Webb.
Fresh off another stint at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and a performance at this year's AFL Grand Final, celebrated street performer Hugo Bladel will be delivering his unique brand of high energy style to the party. A diverse performer, Hugo's sets are never the same watch as he plays with the crowds, delivering fun improvised moments with more than a few surprises.
Throughout the night expect to see Hugo popping up around the site with his souped up shopping trolley-come-mobile disco. With an element of circus and thumping funky tunes, this portable party is designed to get you up on your feet.
With a smooth blend of synth-pop, fused with contagious vocal hooks and lead by the talented Scott Targett, Robotikus will be offering up mainly original material with a pop/disco vibe and featuring a swathe of charismatic front people, including Anna Williams and Crystal Campbell.
A pocket rocket with more stage presence than even the biggest arena could contain, Nardia Farid and a collective of her muso mates will dial up the fun with an energetic swing set. Presenting a mix of high quality big band beats and a touch of comedy, this engaging and entertaining group promises to deliver classics from the 50's and 60's with a modern and high frequency edge.
Move over Michael Bublé! Jay Jarome, Hobart's own hunky crooner is here to get knees weak. This stylish charmer will have hearts aflutter mixing his new and original music with reworked covers by likes of Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and Prince. This stylish solo act is gaining momentum with his tracks on rotation on radio stations across the country. Catch him before he hits it huge.
The Main Stage is the place to be to witness a wonderful mix of emerging and established talent, collaborating together to provide a wild night of entertainment. With two huge house bands, led by musical directors Mia Palencia, Kelly Ottaway and Dan Sulzberge, be prepared to see some truly incredible talent.
Fresh faced rising star Jayden Appleby comes to The Taste's Main Stage off the back of his viral audition on Australia's Got Talent. Having only recently started singing, this will be Jayden's first big live gig where he'll wow the crowd with contemporary covers.
Other showstoppers on the night include six piece jump jive and jazz band The Wholly Cats; slick operators Tranist featuring the wholesome vocals of ingénue Lauren Davidson; and the rebooted lively New Orleans style eight-piece brass marching band The Southern Steppers.
Spinning tracks between these big band style sets will be DJ collective Back In Wax. These master jockeys will be popping up across the site playing a mixture of vinyl and digital crowd pleasers.
So come one, come all, for a wander by the water's edge as lavish melodies dance across the Derwent River, reverberating across Hobart and beyond. It's here that extravagant entertainment, splendid sights and divine delicacies will be the dish of the day.
The Taste's New Year's Eve Speakeasy Ball
WHEN: Monday, 31 December 2018
WHERE: Princes Wharf, Hobart, TAS, 7000
TICKETS: General Admin $59
Kids 12 and under FREE GA entry
Shed Reserved Seating $79
Waterfront Reserved Seating $99
Atrium Reserved Seating $99