Countdown to 2014 at Trafalgar Square

21:29, Dec 18 2013
Trafalgar Square Countdown
LOCAL TALENT: Paper City and Suzi Fray of The Johnnys are two of the acts playing in this year's Trafalgar Square Countdown on New Year's Eve.

Nelson band Paper City are looking forward to playing to a diverse crowd at Trafalgar Square this New Year's Eve.

The free gig will mark the end of a busy year for the young band, and the start of a new direction for the musicians.

Paper City, who play in their trademark white attire, are college students Alex Hargreaves, Niko White from Nelson College and Dara Copeland from Garin College. Alex, an aspiring film-maker, is off to film school in Auckland next year after finishing at Nayland College, but the band are keen to still play together.

The first weekend she is in Auckland, Alex is returning to Nelson as the band have a gig at the Golden Bay Mardi Gras.

The band played at the Trafalgar Square Countdown last year and said it was a great family friendly gig, with good ambience.

"It's really cool - it's just got that diversity in the crowd," Alex says.


She says it is nice to play to a crowd made up from little kids to adults.

"It's cool to have an event in Nelson that young people can go to at the same time as adults. It's pretty awesome. I think it is a pretty Nelson thing."

Paper City are currently recording an album which will be released next year. They have recorded part of the 10-track album in Auckland and the rest in a Nelson studio.

Another Nelson band The Johnnys - the all-female Johnny Cash tribute band - are also part of a big lineup on the night.

Band member Suzi Fray said the band was looking forward to New Year's Eve and playing in their home town.

The band has had a big year playing heaps of gigs.

Next year it was booked to play at the Queenstown Blues and Roots Festival in April, which the Doobie Brothers and Elvis Costello are headlining.

In October the band was touring with the Topp Twins.

Organiser Huup Waagen said Nelson New Year's Eve Trafalgar Square Countdown was part of the Summer in Nelson Programme, run by Nelson City Council. It replaced the CUSP which had its last year at Trafalgar Park in 2007.

This will be the sixth event that Huup has helped organise.

He said the event go ahead rain or shine and usually attracts a crowd of about 5000 people, between 11pm and midnight "it is absolutely packed".

This year two-man blues roots juggernaut Swamp Thing and 10-piece beast Batucada Sound Machine will be joining the lineup.

Huup says people should come early and grab a bite to eat in town.

It is a non-alcohol event, and the city council is working closely with police and security to make sure it was a safe venue.

"I believe we have an incredible lineup and hope that the Nelson community, families, kids of all ages will come out at New Year's Eve and join us in the celebration," he says.