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Skycity Set To ‘Razzle Dazzle’ This New Year’s Eve

Skycity Set To ‘Razzle Dazzle’ This New Year’s Eve

SKYCITY Auckland will once again host what is typically the nation’s biggest party under one roof where an estimated 30,000 revellers will welcome in the new year to free live entertainment around the clock.

This year the theme is “Razzle Dazzle” and throughout the four gaming areas, 14 bars and restaurants and main entrances and walkways, there will be 1920s – 1940s style roving entertainers, an aerial - trapeze act, live bands and complex wide theming to ensure there is something for everyone.

SKYCITY’s main gaming floor will be transformed to become the “Razzle Dazzle Club” presenting music and entertainment to span the era from the roaring 1920s and 30s (Chicago style) through the big band sounds of the 1940s leading up to present day hits. Compere Frankie Stevens will host non-stop live entertainment from 8:30pm and special surprise acts from 11:30pm on the specially built stage.

SKYCITY’s New City Bar will be transformed back to the 40s to become “The Whoopie Bar” with renditions of the hottest swing dance music and classic hits played by Ted Clarke and Stingray Martini from 7pm – 1am followed by a Party DJ from 1am – 4 am; the Atrium bar will look like it’s straight from the 1920s when it becomes “The Bootleggers Bar” featuring party hits and music through the decades to the present day from 8pm with Taisha & Leon; Alto Bar and Casino will be transformed into “Molls and Gangsters Bar” featuring live entertainment from 6:30pm and Kiwi Icon Ray Woolf in true gangster style from around 10:30 pm.

The main entrance to SKYCITY - the atrium area, will host a variety of 1920s to 1940s style entertainment. Guests will be greeted at the door by themed roving entertainers such as Charleston flappers, interactive gangster artists, jugglers and stilt walkers. The highlight will be special aerial act performances featuring a 10-minute trapeze and high wire routine at 7:30pm, 9:00pm and 9:40pm.

SKYCITY’s new Play casino on level three will be focused on 1920s and 30s with gangsters and flappers; Fortuna buffet restaurant will host a fun covers band with music ranging from the 40s to present day hits for easy listening dining entertainment and Orbit revolving restaurant will have the sophisticated jazz sounds of the Mojave Trio playing throughout the evening.

For the eighth consecutive year, SKYCITY’s colourful entertainment will culminate in the city’s largest fireworks display erupting off the tip of Sky Tower at the stroke of midnight. Party-goers to the main gaming floor will receive complimentary streamers, sequined head bands and hooters to help them welcome in the new year. There will be a special New Year’s Eve countdown with special streamer drop from the roof throughout SKYCITY to ensure revellers welcome in the new year in unison.

Other SKYCITY properties are also celebrating in similar glitzy style for New Year’s Eve 2003/2004. SKYCITY Hamilton is offering Chicago themed celebrations throughout the entertainment complex and at SKYCITY Queenstown Casino, revellers can enjoy a special set menu in Wild Thyme restaurant, free live entertainment from ‘Marty Astone’ (8pm – 10.30pm) followed by the popular ‘Vague As Brothers’ (from 10.30pm – 1:30am) as well as party giveaways including hats and streamers.

For further information on events and promotions taking place at SKYCITY during Christmas and New Year, phone 09 363 6000 or 0800 SKYCITY or go to

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