Love Is In The Air This New Year’s Eve

Love & acceptance will take centre stage this New Year’s Eve (NYE) as the Pet Shop Boys help Sydney celebrate marriage equality & next year’s 40th Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras.

The City Of Sydney’s Sydney NYE2017 – Wonder fireworks soundtrack will feature the Pet Shop Boys hit Go West alongside classic rock anthems & current hits from Led Zeppelin to Sia.

Lord Mayor, Clover Moore, said the music had inspired some magical moments for the 9pm Family & Midnight Fireworks.

“This soundtrack will build the excitement as fireworks erupt across Sydney’s skyline” the Lord Mayor said.

“Already one of the world’s biggest annual celebrations, this year, the music & fireworks displays have come together to create a show unlike anything we have seen before”

“Whether you are taking in the spectacle from a vantage point overlooking the Harbour or watching from home, tune into the soundtrack on your phone or radio for the full light & sound experience”

Sydney NYE soundtrack producer, Alex Gooden, has once again created the soundtrack for the spectacular fireworks shows. He says love was his inspiration this year.

“I wanted to acknowledge how topical love has been, with marriage equality being voted into law. This inspired me to look for songs that spoke about acceptance” Mister (Mr) Gooden said.

“I chose the Pet Shop Boys cover of the Village People song, Go West, for the special moment when the rainbow waterfall tumbles from the Bridge because it is fun & celebratory. This moment is sure to make your hair stand on end”


Mr Gooden has spent 5 months listening to hundreds of songs to create the soundtrack for the 8 minute 9pm Family Fireworks & the 12 minute Midnight Fireworks.

“It is like creating an artwork – you start off with just an idea & then you slowly start filling it in bit by bit” he said.

From the 9pm Family Fireworks soundtrack, Mr Gooden is especially excited about seeing young people’s reactions to the song How Far I’ll Go by Alessia Cara.

“It is from the movie Moana, which was such a popular movie with kids & has a strong message of empowerment and cultural understanding” he said.

“The music plays a massive part on the night with the fireworks & soundtrack perfectly in sync. I want people to feel the fireworks, to be moved by the whole experience”

Sydneysiders can tune into Sydney NYE radio broadcaster, KISS 106.5, for the exclusive soundtracks at 9pm & Midnight. The soundtrack will accompany the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) Television broadcast that starts at 8:35pm & a live audio description will be broadcast on ABC Extra.

9pm Family Fireworks soundtrack list: 

  1. DNA – Hans Zimmer
  2. RideTwenty One Pilots
  3. Pay The ManFoster The People
  4. Shape Of You – Ed Sheeran
  5. Feel It StillPortugal. The Man
  6. Sugar – Robin Shultz
  7. Good Times Bad TimesLed Zeppelin
  8. How Far I’ll Go – Alessia Cara
  9. Chained To The Rhthym – Katy Perry
  10. Whatever It TakesImagine Dragons
  11. SymphonyClean Bandit Featuring Zara Larsson
  12. Move Your Body – Sia

Midnight Fireworks soundtrack list:

  1. Racer Snakes Vs Iguana – Jacob Shea & Jasha Klebe
  2. EpicFaith No More
  3. FeelsCalvin Harris
  4. ShineAsta
  5. Calypso BeachNortheast Party House
  6. Need You Now – Dean Lewis
  7. ChameleonPNAU
  8. What You NeedINXS
  9. Big Picture London Grammar
  10. Go West (Pet Shop Boys cover) – Village People
  11. Be The OneDua Lipa
  12. All NightThe Vamps/MATOMA
  13. That’s What I LikeBruno Mars
  14. Wiyathul – Dr G Yunupingu
  15. The Way You Used To Do Queens Of The Stone Age
  16. Lights OutRoyal Blood
  17. FlashThe Belligerents
  18. Green LightLorde
  19. Stranger Peking Duk
  20. Dark Empire – X-Ray Dog

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Media Release: City Of Sydney