As if New Year’s Eve itself wasn’t reason enough to party down, this year there’s the added bonus of a three-day work week leading up to the big night with four days off to follow. Ample time to both prepare for and recover from this most bacchanal of celebrations.
For a roundup of the best clubbing on offer, see the Vinyl Word on Page 15. Read on if you’re seeking a more intimate pub environment or a chance to see live music.
Rocking out in Taipei
Roxy Vibe, located at B1, 155, Jinshan S Rd Sec 2, Taipei City (台北市金山南路一段155號B1), has a wide range of live bands and DJs for New Year’s Eve, with electro and disco-punk DJs the Sinister Sound Syndicate hosting a party that includes Sons of Homer, a rocking quintet of mock-hipsters from Ilan; Afro-Caribbean drum troupe Pan Africana; and two new acts: instrumental band Collider, composed of members of To a God Unknown and Consider the Meek; and Space Funk, a collective of musicians from Taiwan, North America and the UK who play R ’n’ B, electro-disco, hip-hop and swing with a funk edge.
The party goes from 8pm to 3am with Roxy’s own DJs finishing the night until closing time at 7am. Tickets are NT$500 with two drinks.
Underworld is also organizing a two-part event that features a combination of live bands and DJs, with Taiwan’s version of the Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs — White Eyes (白目) — and anarchist rockers LTK Commune (濁水溪公社) playing from 9pm to 11:30pm, followed until 5am by house DJs Fish, Randy Lin (林志堅), Hsiao Yao (小姚), Tsung Ming (宗明) and Floaty, who says, “expect anything from Blur to Chemical Brothers to Justice to the Ramones and more ...”
Tickets for the bands are NT$500 including two drinks and are good for the whole night. If you come after the bands finish at 11:30pm, cover is NT$300 and includes one drink. Underworld (地下社會) is at B1, 45 Shida Rd, Taipei City (台北市師大路45號B1). Call (02) 2369-0103 or visit www.upsaid.com/underworld for more information.
Sappho de Base is hosting a free party for New Year’s Eve with electro-rock and multimedia band Gross Fugue from 11:20pm to 5:20am. The lounge is located at B1, 1, Ln 102, Anhe Rd Sec 1, Taipei City (台北市安和路一段102巷1號B1).
There will also be a free party there tonight with folk and roots from the Dana Wylie band. It’s vocalist, guitarist and keyboard player Dana Wylie’s birthday and she says it’s “sort of a gig disguised as a party ... Every time we play at Sappho I end up staying out way too late and drinking too much.”
For lovers of reggae, dance hall and hip-hop there’s a free New Year’s Eve party by Black Reign International Sound at Nakhla Shisha, 2-3F, 3, Ln 50, Xining S Rd, Taipei City (台北西寧南路50巷3號2-3F). The party is from 11pm to 4am. Call (02) 2383-2618 for further information.
Getting funky in Taichung
In Taichung, funk supergroup the Moneyshot Horns will be playing at a casino party with roulette and black jack tables. Chips won are redeemable for drinks, or dinner and room vouchers at Hotel One, which is hosting the event on its 28th and 29th floors. Presale tickets from Hotel One are NT$600. Door damage is NT$800. Both prices include two drinks and chips to start gambling with. The party begins at 9pm, and the band plays from 10pm until late. Hotel One is at 532 Yingcai Rd, Taichung City (台中市英才路532號). Call (04) 2303-1234 for more information.