ABC Celebrates NYE With An Entertainment Extravaganza

Join Australian Broadcasting Corporation Television (ABC TV) as they countdown to the world-famous Midnight Fireworks on the biggest night of the year with SYDNEY NEW YEAR’S EVE 2015 – ‘CITY OF COLOUR’.

Presented from outside the Sydney Opera House & inside the Lord Mayor’s Party at Bennelong Point on the foreshore of Sydney Harbour, the 4-hour live show is set to dazzle viewers with an amazing line-up jam packed with more entertainment, comedy & music than you can shake a sparkler at.

ABC Kids’ HUMPTY DUMPTY & JUSTINE CLARKE will open the evening’s proceedings at 8:30pm. They will be joined by a cast of family favourites including HOOT & HOOTABELLE, the much-loved characters from PLAY SCHOOL, amazing live performances from SHEPPARD & the cast of the London Palladium production of THE SOUND OF MUSIC, as well as appearances from special guests including JIMMY GIGGLE, BANANAS IN PYJAMAS and cast members from STUDIO 3, BUSHWHACKED!, NOWHERE BOYS & READY FOR THIS. Viewers can expect plenty of entertaining behind-the-scenes mayhem as the toys & puppets take over the ABC control room.

At 9pm, the winner of ABC3’s ‘Design Your Own Firework’ competition, Emma Ianzano of Victoria, will press a giant button that will set the sky alight with the Family Fireworks display featuring her own unique firework design.

Then, live from the Lord Mayor’s Party, EDDIE PERFECT & co-host ELLA HOOPER will take us through to midnight with an entertainment extravaganza featuring the annual comedy panel show, THE 2015 PUB QUIZ. Hosted by LAWRENCE MOONEY, The 2015 Pub Quiz features panellists Alan Brough, Michala Banas, Emma Alberici, Nazeem Hussein, Luke McGregor & Tom Ballard, as well as special guests Barrie Cassidy, Marty Sheargold & Angela Bishop. The teams will take an irreverent look back at the year that was, reviewing all the big news of 2015 over 90 minutes.

From 11pm onwards, Eddie & Ella check out what’s happening around the country with crosses to an amazing line-up of music from The Falls Music & Arts Festivals across Australia, featuring the best of their bill, including COURTNEY BARNETTBIRDS OF TOKYO, PAUL KELLY and THE MERRI SOUL SESSIONSRÜFÜS, HILLTOP HOODS, PEKING DUK, BLOC PARTY, THE WOMBATS & FOALS. It’s guaranteed to provide the best countdown soundtrack to celebrations everywhere.

Comedian JOEL CREASEY will also feature, checking-in throughout the night as he goes on the hunt for Sydney’s best New Year’s Eve party. Then, as the clock strikes midnight, the skies over the city’s harbour will explode into a sea of colour as the Midnight Fireworks come to life.

Join us for a night to remember with top notch comedy & a stellar music line-up to rock your New Year’s Eve.

The SYDNEY NEW YEAR’S EVE 2015 – ‘CITY OF COLOUR’ broadcast starts on Thursday December 31 at 8:30pm on ABC TV*.

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RUN-DOWN HIGHLIGHTS (exact times subject to change):

8:30pm – ABC Kids New Year’s Eve
9pm – Family Fireworks
9:30pm – The 2015 Pub Quiz
11pm – Concert from The Falls Music & Arts Festivals
12am – Midnight Fireworks

*ABC TV broadcast delayed to local times

Media Release: Australian Broadcasting Corporation