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Civic Square best place to spend New Year’s Eve

28 December 2005

Civic Square best place to spend New Year’s Eve

Those planning their New Year’s Eve need to look no further than the free event in Civic Square.

Rhythm and Beats – New Year’s Eve Celebrations will be the city’s biggest open air party with local music legends making up the entertainment.

Deva Mahal, who headlines the band line-up, released her first CD, Live at Hope Bros, last week. She brings together a 9-piece band, which will fill the entire square with upbeat soul grooves.

“Her CD release is great timing,” says Rhythm and Beats event producer Jessica Garland. “Her voice is well known from so many performances around Wellington and her profile just keeps rising as one of Wellington’s best performers. We wanted people to have the chance to hear her in this fabulous outdoor setting on New Year’s Eve.”

Her vibrant performance is captured in the live recording of the CD at Dixon Street bar Hope Brothers. Several copies of her CD will be given away on the night.

Other entertainment on the night includes The Sambassadors, which combine Latin American beats with reggae music, as well as hip-hop/R&B group Beatrootz.

More than 8000 people are expected for the event, which is alcohol free. Families will love the fun with roaming kids’ entertainment from 8pm and the ever-popular kids countdown at 9pm.

The full Meridian Energy Summer City programme is now available and can be picked up from Council service centres, libraries, supermarkets, cafes, or by calling 499 4444 or going to


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