The new decade is very close and Thursday gives you the opportunity to get out there and celebrate the end of the noughties. Read on for a rundown of New Year’s Eve parties from Taipei to Kaohsiung.
“The best thing about New Years Eve,” said Shawn Kidd, “is that you get to do a little more than the usual night out.” Kidd is co-hosting Milkface with Tommy Milloy at Barbados in the Xinyi District. According to Kidd, Milkface is “one of the UK’s up-and-coming nights,” and now Taipei will experience it first-hand.
The lineup is strong: Anti Hero, vDub, Edify, Code, Sinister Sound Syndicate, Subtle and 006. Dom, aka Fratzuki, will be hosting and rapping. “I wanted to have a well-rounded night starting with funk, b’more and some 80s rock,” said Kidd. “Heading into the main part of the night will be a mix of dance-rock, funky breaks and electro glitch. Finishing with good ol’ dirty ass electro tech house and nu breaks.”
10pm until 8am at Barbados, 101, Songren Rd, Taipei City (台北市松仁路101號). See Milkface2010 on Twitter for details.
Over at the Sunworld Dynasty Hotel, Frog in a Sock is throwing The Last Minute in the Presidential Suite with a rooftop overlooking the city. Last year’s event was packed and this year the DJ lineup is the Sofa Kings, Marcus Aurelius and Baer in the hip-hop room. Over in the dance hall are G.M.B, Yoshi, Hooker and Jimmy Chen.
9:30pm until 6am at Sunworld Dynasty Hotel, 100 Dunhua N Rd, Taipei City (台北市敦化北路100號). Pre-sale tickets are NT$800, NT$1,000 on the door. Call Matt for details at 0988-421-990.
Fusion Psytrance Party invites revelers to a rave in a beautiful outdoor setting. This likely-to-be the “psytrance party of the year” packs a solid lineup with Moski, Emerson, Spike-J, Fancy, Kirlivin, Koala, Sean, Merv and Jocy. On-site accommodation and campgrounds are available.
6pm to 8am at Fei Feng Yuan Ecological Park (關西飛鳳園生態園區), 80, Siahenggeng, Sinli Ward, Guansi Township, Hsinchu County (新竹縣關西鎮新力里下橫坑7鄰80號). Presale tickets (available today and tomorrow) are NT$350, NT$550 at the door. For more information, send an e-mail to email@example.com or call 0930-722-415.
Tiger-Hunting, an alternative outdoor event, features bands and DJs including We are So Sad, Bazooka, Ashen, Asian Desperation Frontline, Zephec, DataBass, Fish, DJ Mezak and DJ City. “We aim to attract metal-heads and punk kids willing to give electronic music a try, as well as ravers who can feel the thrill of punk and metal,” says DJ City.
9pm to 6am at Fuhe Riverside Park Parking Lot (福和河濱公園停車場), beneath the Fuhe Bridge (福和橋) in Taipei City. Presale tickets (available until Wednesday) are NT$250, NT$300 at the door. Go to tiger-hunting.blogspot.com for more information.
It’s got rock, hip-hop, electro, drum ’n’ bass and break beat, plus DJ Mykal and hot Japanese girl DJ Alyn — and it’s being held in a warehouse. Partyroom Party, with its big acts but underground vibe, is where Taipei’s hipster contingent is likely to end up.
10pm to 4am at Huashan 1914 Creative Park (華山1914), 1, Bade Rd Sec 1, Taipei City (台北市八德路一段1號). Presale tickets are NT$600 (available through www.ticket.com.tw), NT$900 at the door.
In Taichung, Colour Wolf is going at it again at 89k with a lineup that includes two rock bands, The DoLittles and The Stackers, and DJ Arctic Wolf. “Our resolution,” said organizer Kyle Merriman, “is to rock harder than ever before.”
10pm until 5am at 89k, 25, Daguan Rd, Taichung City (台中市大觀路25號). NT$500 at the door with a drink.
It’s rare to see a big non-club event in the south on New Year’s Eve, so look out for Magician if you’re into trance parties. Headlining the night is DJ Shogun, a rising American-born Taiwanese DJ and producer who’s been signed to Armin Van Buuren’s Armada label and made a huge impression on the global dance music scene with works supported by the likes of Paul Van Dyk and Aly & Fila. Also playing are Eason, Satan, Amati, Nova and Eros.
9pm to 6am at Kaoshiung Gaisyuan World Trade Center (高雄凱旋世貿中心), 600, Gaisyuan 4th Rd, Kaohsiung City (高雄市凱旋四路600號). Tickets are NT$800.
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