Counting down to New Year’s Eve at Mooloolaba
  • Wednesday 30 December 2009

The countdown to New Year’s Eve has begun, with Sunshine Coast Council putting the final touches to the Mooloolaba beach fireworks and live music spectacular planned for Thursday.

Event manager Richie Eyles said the show would go on despite the unsettled weather, but concert-goers should bring a raincoat – just in case.

The outdoor event features two stages of live music, including headline acts Kate Miller Heidke, The Black Sorrows, Lisa Hunt and A French Butler Called Smith.

The Musicians Association of the Sunshine Coast (MASC) will operate a second stage on the beach from 5pm featuring local acts Take Anthia, Hayden Hack, The Dawn Chorus, Drawcard, Mick McCombe and will finish off with the Coast's favourite Queen of Soul, Lisa Hunt.

Even the fireworks will cater for everyone – with an early show at 8.30pm for the kids, followed by another display at midnight to welcome in 2010 with a bang, Mr Eyles said.

"This will be one beach party to remember, with the focus on everyone having a good time in a fun and safe environment," he said.

"The great line-up of entertainment will suit all tastes and it will staged in a safe family- friendly and alcohol-free environment."

The entertainment kicks off at 2pm with children’s entertainment, face-painting, buskers and street performers and carnival rides.

Extra parking is available at Mooloolaba State School, but council encourages all concert-goers to use public transport – the 600 bus between Caloundra and Sunshine Plaza is free over the holiday period.

Entry is by donation, with the money raised used to help clean up the site after the party is over.

VIP tickets are also available for $60, entitling holders to an exclusive viewing area close to the main stage, a prime viewing position for the midnight fireworks, nearby parking and the chance to rub shoulders with the artists.

Council is calling on anyone who would like to volunteer as helpers on the night to contact mail@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au.

Council's New Year's Eve spectacular is only one of a number of New Year's Eve events planned across the Sunshine Coast, with other organisaitons planning events at kawana's Stockland Park, Kings Beach and Noosa Marina at Tewantin.