New Year’s Eve line-up at the Taste of Tasmania

We are proud to be part of the Taste of Tasmania 2017. It promises to offer visitors a fresh, playful and fun experience.

New Year’s Eve at the Taste of Tasmania promises to satisfy curiosities with fine food and wine, gourmet ciders and beers and multiple stages with the best live entertainment expertly curated by Music Tasmania.

Come together at 9:30 pm and again at midnight to witness a theatrical fireworks display and share the wonderment of possibilities for the year ahead.

Join us for this New Year celebration, bring friends and family and grab a table along the waterfront, a chair on the esplanade deck or a seat in The Shed, A Midsummer Night’s Eve....

The New Years Eve line-up features:

The Whitlams

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The headline act for the Taste's New Year's Eve party are Australian rock royalty, The Whitlams.

After many years of perseverance & constant touringThe Whitlams had their breakthrough album in 1997, which saw their song ‘No Aphrodisiac’ make it to #1 on JJJ’s Hottest 100.  At the 1998 ARIA Awards, they won Best Group as well as Song of the Year and Best Independent Release for their third album  ‘EternalNightca’.  In 2011 this album was placed 27th on the ABC's My Favourite Album poll, and more recently was voted no. 17 in JJJ's Hottest Australian Albums of All Time.

The Whitlams recorded output, spans seven albums since 1993, and includes the double platinumLove This City, the number 1 album Torch The Moon   and Truth, Beauty & A Picture of You - Best of the Whitlams which sat in the Top 10 for six weeks. More recently, front man Tim Freedman released a solo album on Sony titled Australian Idle and toured the country in his one man show Everybody’s Talkin’ ‘bout me about the life and music of Harry Nilsson.

The Whitlams are Tim Freedman on piano and vocals, Jak Housden on guitar, Warwick Hornby on bass and Terepai Richmond on drums.

Monique Brumby

Monique Brumby first played at the Taste of Tasmania in 1997, the year her debut album ‘Thylacine’ was released. She won 2 ARIA Awards in 1996 and 1997 and was nominated for Song of the Year for her epic ballad ‘The Change In Me’ at the 1998 ARIAs. That same year she won the Tasmanian Arts Award for Young Australian of the Year.

Now, in 2017 Monique is returning to Hobart with her live band to rock your socks off on New Year’s Eve with an array of melodic tunes from her six albums than span her twenty year career. Having toured extensively in Australia and the US, Monique currently resides in Melbourne and will make the trip across the Bass Straight for this one special performance.

“My aim is to have people dancing to high energy rock tunes and feeling fantastic about the year ahead. It is a very exciting prospect for me to be playing on New Year’s Eve at The Taste and I can’t wait to rock out with everyone down at Constitution Dock.”

Monique currently works with artists and bands on sound production and recording projects. In her Melbourne recording studio she composes music for film and television and artists come and go in the constant pursuit of creative perfection. As testament to Monique’s musical ability, she has recently been nominated for the Australian LGBTI Music Award to be announced in early 2018.

Monique is currently working on her next studio album set for release in 2018.

Mighty Duke and The Lords

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Mighty Duke & The Lords are Australia’'s premiere calypso-inspired tropical party band. Comprising members of Melbourne Ska Orchestra, NO ZU, The Lucksmiths and The Suitcase Royale, Mighty Duke & The Lords put on a show that’s guaranteed to gyrate even the most stubborn of hips. 

Following barnstorming sets at major Australian music festivals (Meredith Music Festival, Falls Festival and Dark MOFO), the trop~pop quintet released their debut self-titled album early in 2016 to sold out crowds in Melbourne and Auckland.

With a bountiful cache of outlandish ditties, Mighty Duke & The Lords lead a wild tropical adventure, from the jungles of the Caribbean to the cobbled streets of Buenos Aires, extending the party to the next level – up where the fancy rums are hidden. Cheeky lyrics, wild rhythms and belting horns combine to turn the danceflooor into a monsoonal sweat-storm.

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Melbourne based Folk/Blues/Americana artist Héloise is an eclectic song weaver who pens earnest music that warms the soul.

Héloise started her career at the ripe age of 15 in Tasmania, playing countless local shows and eventually securing performances at The Festival of Voices, The Falls Festival, Junction Arts Festival and Party In The Paddock.

The young songwriter officially debuted in 2013 with her EP ‘Birds In My Mouth’, which was warmly received by fans and media alike.

Héloise had a massive 2014, winning the 2014 Melbourne Music Bank and releasing single ‘This Is Home’. The single scored airplay on Triple J, ABC Radio and over 100 community radio stations throughout Australia. She quickly followed up with single ‘The Harvest’, which scored airplay on Triple J Unearthed.

Her latest single Old Salt, taken from her sophomore EP, Nothin' But The Bones has received airplay on over 150 radio stations, including Triple J's Roots N All program, as well as being added to rotation on Triple J Unearthed, since its March '2016 release. She celebrated the release with a national tour, which was warmly received across the nation.

In 2017 Héloise can be seen featured on routes 70 and 75 trams in Melbourne as part of Bank Of Melbourne's 'Meet The Maker' campaign.

Katy Roucher & The Spectrums

American singer Katy Raucher's commanding voice drives this all original blues and soul band, driving influence from the blues greats, with a modern jazz and groove twist. Picture a mix up of Etta James, B.B. King with Jill Scot, all brought to you by Hobarts' finest. Featuring Katy Raucher on Vocals, Randal Muir on Hammond Oregon, Mark Schmalfuss on Electric guitar, and Damian Oliver-Black on drums.

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