Top five New Years Day parties in Sydney for 2016

It’s New Years Eve in Sydney, of course you’re supposed to kick on. Summer in the city often means that an outdoor party – whatever the size – is the only way to spend the first day of the year, and 2016 will be no exception when it comes to some of biggest events of the month. Here are a few parties and events you should get across if you want to do a Sydney New Years Day justice. What hangover?

Field Day (CBD)

This one is a no-brainer. Fuzzy’s Field Day is one of the longest surviving contemporary music festivals in Sydney, and with good reason. There’s nothing like celebrating the first day of the new year running around The Domain to check some of the world’s best live electronica, hip hop, and indie rock acts give it their all to kick off your 2016. It’s consistently one of the better ‘dance’ festivals around – let alone, one of the only ones still around – with a diversity that makes it worth putting up with all those self-unaware bros.

The line up for Field Day 2016 is: Disclosure (live), Flight Facilities, The Wombats, Pusha T, RL Grime, Golden Features, Halsey, Skepta, Boys Noize, Seth Troxler, Django Django, Ta-Ku (live), Zeds Dead, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs (dj set), San Cisco, Allday, Daniel Avery, SAFIA, Young Fathers, Com Truise, The Avener, Snakehips, Tuka, Luke Million, Sam Feldt, JOY, Ngaiire, Motorik.

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Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel (Watsons Bay)

World renowned venue The Surf Lodge are coming all the way from that often mythological hub of luxe, The Hamptons in New York, hosting a pop-up party at Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel. Those heading along should expect a whole heap of live music, headlined by Michigan indie-pop artist BØRNS, with some very reliable assist from Set Mo, Deutsch Duke, Motorik Vibe Council, Oli Benz, and Dan Single.

Everyone from Solange to The Flaming Lips have flocked to an event at The Surf Lodge, so it’d be interesting to see what kind of intimate beach event seasoned party starters have planned by Watsons Bay.

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Manly Wharf Hotel (Manly)

If you feel like spending New Years Day partying on Manly’s picturesque wharf then head along to this tropical wonderland-themed party at Manly Wharf Hotel, offering complimentary Chandon, Corona, and canapes from 3-5pm, after which a mix of Aussie and international talent will be throwing all types of beats at you. Cali’s Miguel Migs has been flown over for the event, headlining a line-up that also includes Yolanda Be Cool, Husky, and Knight Horse.

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Daniel San (Manly)

Daniel San’s “Beach Please” party is perfect if you want to stick close to Manly Beach on NYD. The stylish, Japanese Rock & Roll inspired bar-restaurant will be throwing down their best beach-side party yet for the first day of 2016, bringing in sets from Fear of Dawn, Akunu, Profound Orient, Wild Fox, Scotty Doesn’t Know, and Walker Brothers. The venue’s Dojo Rooftop will be ready to go from 1pm. Free entry before 3pm; $10 otherwise.

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Soul of Sydney’s NYD Special (Secret Location)

Start 2016 with a bit of soul-clapping as those fun-loving folk behind feel-good party Soul of Sydney once again pull out all stops for their first event of the year. Expect a mish-mash of funk, soul, NY disco, old school R&B, afro-beat, boogie, and more shapes and sizes thrown across the secret location’s dance floor, pumped out by the likes of Soul of Sydney DJs, All Souled Out DJs, Simon Caldwell, DJ Naiki, Mike Who, Meem, Elchino, Phil Toke, Michael Zac, and more. Tickets are just $10 and all info is announced on the Facebook Event page (link below), and in addition to all those tunes there will most def be some soul train action, as well as limbo and electric slide vibes, as with all Soul of Sydney events. Live art and live hair braiding also features at this packed party, with a venue described as a “secret funk oasis”, from 2pm.

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Chris Singh

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