NELSON Mandela Bay residents will be spoilt for choice when it comes to ushering in the new year, with the city set to come alive with a variety of parties aimed at ending the year on a high note.
The events range from fancy dinner-dances to open air parties and fireworks displays.
According to several organisers of New Year’s Eve events, safety remains their top priority, with many warning residents of the dangers of drinking and driving.
The Boardwalk International Convention Centre is staging a special New Year’s dinner-dance where those keen for a refined yet festive celebration can ring in 2015 in style.
Entrance will be R400 a person and booking is essential, according to the Boardwalk’s marketing coordinator for food and beverage, Megan Capoto.
“Enjoy a spectacular feast and then kick off your shoes and let down your hair as we count down to 2015,” she said.
The Boardwalk will not be the only gaming establishment hosting an event. Popular entertainers Marcellus Welman and Andre Mackay will be on stage from 8pm at Bingo Royale, Cleary Park, on New Year’s Eve.
However, the city’s two biggest events are targeted at the youth. The first is the Re:Fresh Dance Festival taking place at the Chelsea Golf Course which will see a lineup of some of the city’s biggest names in nightlife coming together such as Lady Lea, Vimo, DJ Garreth and Morne Munro. Entrance costs R200 a person and R400 for a VIP ticket. Gates open at 2pm.
The second is the return of the annual NYE Countdown Party at New Brighton Beach. Three international DJs – Ralf Gum (Germany), Monique Bingham (US) and Portia Monique (US) – will be supported by Metro FM deejays Christos and Vinny da Vinci as well as several other local DJs.
The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality are also doing their bit to ensure New Year’s Eve is memorable. Together with Soul Good Events Management, events will be hosted at Wells Estate and Hobie beaches as well as the Uitenhage Market Square.
“The events will start at 4pm [tomorrow] and run through till 1am. 5FM DJ Dino Bravo will be the headline act and will be hopping across the three venues throughout the night,” Soul Good owner Darren Mungur said.
“At 12am [midnight] there will be fireworks displays costing R200000 in total at both Hobie and Wells Estate. Uitenhage will not have because of its location. We have spoken with all safety and security clusters as safety remains top priority.”
The Bay club scene will also hold new year celebrations with most planning big events for the evening. Clubs which will be open include Balizza, Nu Asia, Lush, Aqua, Basement, Havana, Castro’s, Gondwana, Club Shakes, The Brazen Head, The Godfather, Cubana and The Jubilee (Uitenhage).
Municipal spokesman Mthubanzi Mniki said: “We are urging all residents to be very cautious on New Year’s and not to drink and drive. Traffic officials, together with the SAPS, will be out in full force and setting up numerous roadblocks.” – Tremaine van Aardt