Sydney NYE2020 – ‘Thank You’

  • Organiser/Event Creative Director/Fireworks Soundtrack Producer: New South Wales Government
  • Fireworks Provider: Foti International Fireworks
  • Radio Broadcaster: KIIS 106.5 (fireworks soundtrack) & ABC Radio (Concert – From 10pm)
  • Television/Internet Broadcaster: Australian Broadcasting Corporation
  • Television/Internet Broadcast Host: Charlie Pickering (Melbourne)
  • ‘We Are One’ Charity Concert Co-Host: Zan Rowe (Melbourne)
  • Co-Hosts: Jeremy Fernandez (Sydney) & Linda Marigliano (Sydney)

This year did not feature an official theme again. The designated theme of ‘Thank You’ was chosen by Sydney Spectaculars as best matching the event retrospectively.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, restrictions on event attendance were put in place. No one can enter the Sydney central business district without a dedicated ticket to a hospitality venue that has a COVID-Safe Plan.

The vantage points were to be reserved for frontline workers & firefighters.

Welcome To Country

Started at 9:05pm. It was mainly a Sydney Harbour Bridge pylon projection show. However, on the TV broadcast, it was presented as a film. The film is shown below with the pylon projection show but a late unsychnonised appearance at the end of the video.

‘We Are One’ Charity Concert

Started at 9:10pm. Live on ABC Radio from 10pm.

The concert will raise funds for Lifeline & Kids Helpline. They raised $531,000 by Midnight.


  • Sydney Opera House Northern Forecourt
  • Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne

The Sydney audience was to be made up of people nominated by their community as “local heroes” having made a real difference through the COVID-19 pandemic.


  • Casey Donovan (Melbourne)
  • Kate Miller-Heidke (Melbourne)
  • Paul Kelly (Melbourne)
  • Vera Blue (Sydney)
  • Amy Shark (Sydney)
  • DMA’S (Sydney)
  • Ben Lee (Sydney)
  • Vika & Linda Bull (Melbourne)
  • Odette (Sydney)
  • The Teskey Brothers (Melbourne)
  • Emma Donovan (Sydney)
  • Ziggy Ramo (Sydney)
  • Alice Skye (Melbourne)
  • Alice Keath (Melbourne)
  • Jess Hitchcock (Melbourne)


  1. We Are All In This Together – Ben Lee
  2. Live It Up (Ben Lee cover) – Mental As Anything
  3. Love The One You’re With (Emma Donovan cover) – Steven Stills
  4. I Say A Little Prayer (Emma Donovan cover) – Dianne Warwick
  5. I Get UpThe Teskey Brothers
  6. So Caught Up (The Teskey Brothers & Casey Donovan cover) – The Teskey Brothers
  7. Never Tear Us Apart (The Teskey Brothers cover) – INXS
  8. Life Is A Game Of ChangingDMA’s
  9. SilverDMA’s
  10. Better Be Home Soon (DMA’s cover) – Crowded House
  11. And Death Shall Have No Dominion (Paul Kelly & Vika and Linda Bull cover) – Paul Kelly
  12. Dumb Things (Paul Kelly & Vika and Linda Bull cover) – Paul Kelly and The Coloured Girls 
  13. When Will You Fall For Me? – Vika & Linda Bull
  14. Blue You (Alice Skye & Alice Keath cover) – 
  15. To Her Door (Paul Kelly & Vika and Linda Bull cover) – Paul Kelly and The Coloured Girls
  16. Tjitji (Ziggy Ramo cover) – Ziggy Ramo featuring Miiesha
  17. Native Born (Paul Kelly, Linda Bull, Russell Smith, Alice Skye, Alice Keath & Jess Hitchcock cover) – Archie Roach
  18. Sleep, Australia, Sleep (Paul Kelly, Alice Keath & Sime Nugent cover) – Paul Kelly
  19. Zero Gravity (Kate-Miller Heidke, Vika and Linda Bull & Jess Hitchcock cover) – Kate Miller-Heidke
  20. Deeper Water (Paul Kelly & Linda Bull cover) – Paul Kelly
  21. How To Make Gravy (Paul Kelly & Vika and Linda Bull cover) – Paul Kelly
  22. From Little Things, Big Things Grow (Paul Kelly, Kate-Miller Heidke, Vika and Linda Bull, Russell Smith, Alice Skye, Alice Keath, Sime Nugent & Jess Hitchcock cover) – Paul Kelly & The Messengers
  23. Regular TouchVera Blue
  24. Rushing Back (Vera Blue cover) – Flume featuring Vera Blue
  25. Dreams (Vera Blue cover)Fleetwood Mac
  26. I Am Woman (Odette cover) – Helen Reddy
  27. Thunderstruck (Odette cover)AC/DC
  28. September (Casey Donovan cover) – Earth, Wind & Fire
  29. Don’t Start Now (Casey Donovan cover) – Dua Lipa
  30. 9 To 5 (Casey Donovan cover) – Dolly Parton
  31. Everybody Rise – Amy Shark
  32. Mr Brightside (Amy Shark cover)The Killers
  33. I Said Hi – Amy Shark
  34. You’ve Got The Love (Vera Blue, Emma Donovan & Odette cover) – The Source featuring Candi Staton

Midnight Fireworks

The show this year is designed for television.

At 12:03am, there was a tribute to frontline health workers.

  1. New Sensation (Nick 12″ Mix) – INXS
  2. Pop A Bottle – Jessica Mauboy
  3. Thank You (For Loving Me At My Worst)The Whitlams (begins with “Thank You” being spoken by random NSW citizens)
  4. I’ve Got The Music in Me – Marcia Hines
  5. Everybody Rise – Amy Shark
  6. Day By DayPowderfinger
  7. What About MeMoving Pictures
  8. You’re The Voice – John Farnham featuring Brian May, Olivia Newton-John, Mitch Tambo, Alan McKenzie & a cast of pipers and firefighters.

Finished with the quote from a woman – “Thank you”

…and then a man – “Thanks Sydney. See you next time”.