Counting the beats as 2014 approaches

Outdoor party to ring in New Year

Last updated 13:00 31/12/2013

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The skies are set to clear tonight for revellers to dance in 2014 up at Smith's Ford party Happy Nu Yeah.

Events co-organisers Dave White and Tess Siggelkow are excited about tonight's event where local and international DJs will be playing at the outdoor party.

The capacity for the Smith's Ford reserve is 1000, and ticket sales are currently at 550, with 90 per cent sold to Christchurch residents.

White, former owner of the Phat Club, expects to sell more on the gate.

"I'm quite excited. It's weird . . . in the old days the ticket prices were higher so we sold mostly pre-sales, now they are lower we are expecting to sell more tickets on the gate.

"It's a cheaply priced party, cheaper than most other ones tonight."

He said there had been a lot less stress going into organising tonight than New Year's events he had been previously organised - like the Phat parties at Caanan Downs and then Inangahua.

White was looking forward to the atmosphere of the event and said they were putting spotlights in the native trees in the area, which will give it a "Lord of the Rings feel".

Happy Nu Yeah features international DJ Icicle as well as a long lineup of local acts including Borderline and Organikismness.

The event is held 12km from Nelson City in an open reserve next to the Maitai River. The event runs from midday today until noon tomorrow. Gate sales are $50.

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