New Year's Eve line-up announced for new Mount event

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Tauranga's New Year's Eve celebrations at the beginning of this year.
Tauranga's New Year's Eve celebrations at the beginning of this year. Photo/file

The first line-up for Frequency NYE, Tauranga's New Year's Eve event for under-18s has been revealed.

Singer-songwriter Donell Lewis, Ministry of Sound DJ Mikael Wills and Kiwi music duo Times x Two will be providing the soundtrack to the alcohol-free whiteout rave on Saturday, December 31 at ASB Baypark Arena.

Tauranga City Council said in a statement there would be something for everyone at the inaugural music event, creating a unique New Year's Eve experience for the younger generation. Frequency NYE is run by leading New Zealand event promoters Audiology and Pato Entertainment in partnership with Tauranga City Council and supported by Mai FM.

The new event has been introduced to meet the demand for a youth-targeted event in the city after the traditional Mount Main Beach concerts were cancelled. Frequency NYE is strictly for attendees under 18 years of age.

In the statement the council said providing a fun and safe environment was the highest priority for the event.

Among the line-up is singer, songwriter and producer Donell Lewis who has come a long way since his debut in 2012 after countless tours, mixtapes and singles. Lewis has not only produced and written for himself, but for many artists all over New Zealand, Australia, the US and Europe.

Mikael Wills, ZM's Ministry of Sound DJ, is also set to take the stage for Frequency NYE. His two latest singles Fall Too Fast and Give It All combine pop rock influenced vocals with his modern taste of electronic music leading up to a new album next year.

Times x Two, DJ Tone Def and MC Tav One-Two and Lucas Jory round out the first set of acts announced today. Further line-up announcements are to come in the following weeks. Early bird tickets will go on sale on Mondayat 7pm and will include a free bus shuttle to get attendees home safely. Early bird tickets are $19 plus booking fee, and $25 after the early bird period.

To ensure a safe environment, Frequency NYE will have security guards, a medical room with on-site staff and supplies, water stations, health and safety managers, qualified staff and management on site.

Alcoholic beverages, firecrackers or other incendiary materials or devices, laser pointers and any dangerous items as determined by the event management that may cause injury or public nuisance are prohibited at the event.

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- Bay of Plenty Times

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