A selection of contemporary and classic songs by Australian artists will ring out as Sydney celebrates 2020 at the world’s best New Year’s Eve party.
Viewers watching at home will be treated to an all-Aussie midnight soundtrack featuring Tina Arena, Crowded House, Peking Duk, Sia, Fisher and more.
2020 will open with a song from Aboriginal Australian duo Electric Fields, who are also creating a bespoke soundtrack for the midnight fireworks to be played online.
The 9pm family fireworks will feature fun and bouncy party tracks by the likes of Calvin Harris, Pink and Vanessa Amorosi.
Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the eyes and ears of the world will be on Sydney for the midnight fireworks.
“Whether it’s the midnight fireworks, lighting displays, pylon projections or music – we are celebrating all things Australian this New Year’s Eve,” the Lord Mayor said.
“This is our most choreographed event to date, with music synchronised to the fireworks and lighting effects that will create a stunning spectacle.
“There’s something for everyone in the soundtrack that will no doubt have viewers dancing in their living rooms.”
The soundtrack was selected and mixed by Sydney DJ Dan Murphy.
Sydneysiders can tune in to the 2019 Sydney New Year’s Eve soundtrack at 9pm and midnight accompanying the televised coverage on ABC and iview, or simulcast with media partner KIIS-FM 1065.
The event will be livestreamed on sydneynewyearseve.com and ABC TV’s Facebook page and YouTube channel.
The Lord Mayor said all of Sydney had been deeply saddened by the tragic impact of the bushfires, and pledged to use New Year’s Eve to help raise money and awareness for those in need.
“Sydney New Year’s Eve unites people from all over the world with a message of hope for the year to come.
“We will harness the enormous power of the event to raise more money for the Australian Red Cross’ Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund.
“We encourage all people who visit our city on New Year’s Eve and those watching at home to donate to the Red Cross disaster relief and recovery fund in our online fundraiser.”
The City of Sydney has already donated $620,000 to drought and bushfire relief, and will provide trucks, staff and other in-kind support to assist emergency services with recovery and clean-up efforts.
To donate, visit nye.sydney/donate
9pm family fireworks
- Sandy B – Make the world go round (Deep Dish Remix) w/- Yothu Yindi – Treaty (acapella)
- Calvin Harris, Rag n Bone Man – Giant
- Pink, Cash Cash – Can we pretend
- Shawn Mendes – If I can’t have you
- Sigala, Paloma Faith – Lullaby
- Vanessa Amorosi – Absolutely everybody (Latino remix)
- Kygo, Whitney Houston – Higher love
- Guy Sebastian – Choir
- Taylor Swift, Brandon Urie – ME!
- Lil Nas, Billy Ray Cyrus – Old Town Road (Remix)
- Lady Gaga – Shallow
- Carly Rae Jaspen – Cut to the feeling
- Electric Fields – 2000 and whatever
- Pnau – Go Bang
- Baker Boy – Cool as hell
- Thandi Phoenix & Sigma – Say it
- Flight Facilities – Feelin
- Tones & I – Dance monkey
- Hilltop Hoods, Illy, Ecca, Vandal – Exit sign
- Peking Duk – Stranger
- Tina Arena – Chains (S&M Remix)
- Kate Miller-Heidki – Zero Gravity (7th heaven remix)
- Fisher – Losing it
- Sneaky Sound System – UFO
- Pnau – Solid Gold
- Sia – Titanium w/- Crowded House – Don’t dream it’s over (acapella)
The City of Sydney New Year’s Eve event times:
7pm Fire tug presents its water display on Sydney Harbour
7.30pm Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony on Sydney
Harbour by the Tribal Warrior Association
8pm Air display above Sydney Harbour by flying ace Matt Hall and
Sydney Harbour Bridge pylon projections start
8.30pm Sydney Harbour Bridge lighting effects start
9pm Family fireworks (8 minutes) includes the ABC Design Your Own
Firework competition firework display
9.08pm Calling Country segment honouring Australia’s Indigenous heritage
9.15pm Harbour of Light parade
12am Midnight fireworks (12 minutes)
2am Sydney Harbour Bridge pylon projection and lighting effects ends.