If the Mando-pop stars and huge crowds that gather for Taipei’s official New Year’s Eve party tomorrow are not for you, there are plenty of live music concerts and celebrations to be found at bars and restaurants across the capital.
Read on for a list of New Year’s Eve happenings, and a few other ideas for enjoying the countdown fireworks without the bustling crowds. All listed events take place tomorrow. For a rundown of dance music parties, see the Vinyl Word on page 14.
Ween tribute band Skycruiser will be rocking out at Bobwundaye, performing sets both before and after the countdown. DJ Danny Clark will also be on hand to spin house and electronica. Starts at 11pm, admission is NT$200, which includes one drink. 77, Heping E Rd, Sec 3, Taipei City (台北市和平東路三段77號)
In Ximending (西門町), Riverside Live House (河岸留言西門紅樓展演館) hosts a New Year’s party featuring four bands: dance rock group P!SCO, What Century (花世紀), an outfit of 20-year-old pop musicians and indie rock outfits Marshes and Lese Qingnian (樂色青年). Starts at 8:30pm, admission is NT$500. 177 Xining S Rd, Taipei City (台北市西寧南路177號)
Revolver, an expat-run, three-story club, is hosting hip-hop artist LEO37, who will perform with a live band, while DJs Vicar, Two Hands, @llenblow and ZO spin soul, funk, dubstep and reggae. Starts at 10pm, admission is NT$500 (NT$400 in advance, tickets available at venue). 1-2, Roosevelt Rd Sec 1, Taipei City (台北市羅斯福路一段1-2號)
The Riverside Cafe in Gongguan (公館) is celebrating the New Year with an all-star lineup of local jazz guitarists, who are calling themselves the G7 Summit. Starts at 9pm, admission is NT$500, which includes one drink. B1, 2, Ln 244, Roosevelt Rd Sec 3, Taipei City (台北市羅斯福路三段244巷2號B1), next to Taipower Building (台電大樓)
The Dong Dong Jazz Quartet (咚咚隆咚鏘爵士四重奏) will be on hand to perform a fusion of blues, jazz and funk at the late-night lounge bar Sappho de Base. Starts at 11pm, admission is NT$500, which includes one drink, B1, 1, Ln 102, Anhe Rd Sec 1, Taipei City (台北市安和路一段102巷1號B1)
Time to break out that tuxedo and party dress: The Village Cafe (村落餐廳), a bar and cafe located at the Taipei Artist Village (台北國際藝術村) that was recently rechristened the TAV Cafe (藝術村餐坊), is hosting a Black and White Ball. Dress code is black tie, or simply black and white attire. Live swing jazz and blues music will be provided by David Chen and the Muddy Basin Ramblers. Starts at 9pm, admission is NT$800, which includes two drinks (free shots from 12:30am to 1:30am). 7 Beiping E Rd, Taipei City (台北市北平東路7號)
A long list of cream-of-the-crop indie bands welcome the New Year tomorrow at The Wall (這牆). Performers include garage rock band The White Eyes (白目樂隊) alt-rock favorites Bearbabes (熊寶貝樂團), indie folk songstress Enno Cheng (鄭宜農), post-rock group Selfkill, emo-art rockers Orangegrass (橙草) and post-punk upstarts Macbeth (馬克白). Later on, the party continues with tunes spun by DJs Hao, Spykee Fat and Windmill (風籟坊) bassist Sky Tai (戴杏芳). Starts at 9pm, admission is NT$500 (NT$400 in advance, tickets available at venue), which includes one drink. B1, 200, Roosevelt Rd Sec 4, Taipei City (台北市羅斯福路四段200號B1)
The basement club Underworld (地下社會), another venerated indie rock hangout, hosts live shows by Varo, an electro-rock band led by veteran female rocker Wan Ting (琬婷) and guitar-noise rock band Forests (森林). Afterwards, the party continues with sets by DJ collective Plastic Cherry Bomb Squad and DJs Floaty and Chema. Party runs from 9pm to 4am, admission is NT$500 before 11:30pm, which includes one drink; NT$500 after 11:30pm, which includes two drinks. B1, 45 Shida Rd, Taipei City (台北市師大路45號B1)