Featuring three stages, jam-packed with live music and incredible performances, roving circus and street artists and the very best in Tasmanian food and drink, the full line-up for The Taste of Tasmania’s huge New Year’s Eve celebration is set to transform Hobart’s Waterfront precinct into an enchanted playground of magic, mystery, music and markets.

The New Year’s Eve Speakeasy Party promises a-once-in-a-lifetime event to celebrate The Taste’s 30th Birthday by transporting guests to the roaring twenties for a night of devilish delights. Wander down by the water’s edge where high-octane entertainment, carefree fun and lavish parties will be the dish of the day. Here in this wild world, artists flourish, free-thinkers dominate and pushers of indulgence are given centre stage.

Taste of Tasmania Festival Director Brooke Webb said “We’ve programmed a really engaging, interactive and explosively high energy New Year’s Eve celebration. The incredible music line up will feature a range of musical stylings from jazz and to roots and blues, down to Mojo Juju performing reworked Michael Jackson classics.”

“Not only will our New Year’s Eve Speakeasy Party be the best place to see Hobart’s firework display but all throughout the site guests will encounter roving artists performing daring stunts and circus acts, entertaining with musical moments and providing comic relief. No corner will be left ordinary. Every laneway, nook and cranny of The Taste will unveil a new performance, a new adventure, a new experience,” said Webb.


Dance to your heart’s content with a stacked line-up of live music set across three stages, blaring everything from Bosa Nova to big band renditions of Beyoncé hits. The awe-inspiring night features a stellar ten-piece band, led by ARIA-winning composer and pianist, Barney McAll, with an incredible array of guest singers pumping out reworked pop hits and jazz classics, including: Tex Perkins (The Cruel Sea), Ella Hooper (Killing Heidi), Monique Brumby, Mojo Juju and Loretta Miller (Jazz Party).

Join festival favourite The Might Duke & The Lords (VIC) who return to The Taste for a one-night-only extravaganza, lighting up the stage with their feverish calypso anthems. A host of local legends will have audiences buzzing, including: Uncle Gus & The Rimshots and their buzzing swing and jive sounds, masters of gypsy jazz Django’s Tiger and roots and blues maestros Saucy Jack and his Ripper Band.


A curious cornucopia of characters will roam the streets, greeting guests at every turn, ready to surprise and seduce with beguiling performances.

Get ready to test out some dance moves with Gramaphone Man, a steam powered mobile nightclub and time machine. Armed with a musical contraption that allows him to play multiple instruments at once, this one man band extraordinaire will be playing all the biggest pre-WWII hits. For more toe-tapping fun, head down to The Taste early for Swing Dancing Lessons by TAS Swing.

Revel in the vaudevillian madness of Beeswax & Bottlecaps. Made up of Monica Trapaga, George le Couteur and Lil Tulloch, the entertaining trio will astound with a mix of circus, clowning and comedy.

As the night descends and the champagne is poured you may also find yourself trading secrets or jokes with the live comedic installation Talking Lamposts. Don’t let the flowing bubbles and unabashed fun get to your head though! Roving 1920’s policemen will be out in force, ready to write up naughty festival goers, delivering funny fines and funny lines with equal measure.

Keep an eye out for master showman Shep Huntly. Widely recognised as one of Australia’s leading street performers, Huntly’s eclectic mix of circus and showmanship will be captivating audiences on the streets of The Taste site, as well as through his Master of Ceremonies duties on the main stage.

After returning from three hugely successful back-to-back American tours headlining for burlesque legend Dita Von Teese, the internationally-acclaimed dancer and 2014’s Miss Burlesque Australia, Zelia Rose, will perform a dazzling, high-energy shows on the main stage as well as roving throughout the site.

Finally, make sure you don’t miss the madcap antics of Gordo Gamsby on the main stage. Known globally as the world’s strongest man, Gordo has 11 Guinness World Records to his name and his strongman stunts has been featured on television in Australia and across Europe.


With over 100 of Tasmania’s best food and beverage producers, taste buds will be buzzing as foodies meander through aromatic alleys of sizzling stalls, and the many intimate dining spots of The Taste will ensure that there are plenty of toothsome morsels to choose from. 

Stop by The Splendid Gin in the Shed to try one of their light and refreshing summer cocktails mixed using Tasmanian ingredients and their four times distilled spirits. Sweet and sensuous, 7K Distillery will have you salivating with a Taste-exclusive cocktail made using their signature spirit, Amante Spiritus (Lovers Spirit). Speaking of lovers, Blue Eye Oyster Bar and Gillespies Ginger Beer, will light a fire of desire with their spanking fresh Tassie oysters with irresistible toppings, hot, chilled or in an oyster shooter. Wash it all down with a tingling and naturally brewed ginger beer or head over to Barringwood Wines situated on Castray Lawns for one of three types of award-winning Tassie bubbles, on sale by the glass or bottle.

So join The Taste this New Year’s Eve in the heart of Hobart’s waterfront for an enchanting evening of entertainment and a front row seat to the massive New Year’s Eve firework display.

Tickets are on sale now at www.thetasteoftasmania.com.au

The Taste’s New Year’s Eve Speakeasy Ball

Monday, 31 December 2018

Princes Wharf, Hobart, TAS, 7000

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