Swing into the New Year at the Speakeasy Ball

SHINE those dancing shoes and get ready to party like it’s 1928 with the Taste of Tasmania’s New Year’s Eve Speakeasy Ball.

The special event will celebrate the 30th anniversary of The Taste of Tasmania on 31 December 2018.

As the festival enters its thirties, revisit the world of the roaring twenties – an era iconic for its high-octane entertainment, carefree fun and wild parties – held right in the heart of Hobart.

The Speakeasy Ball is presenting a line-up of dazzling performances from top Aussie musicians, giant brass bands and bold burlesque performers.

The unforgettable night features a stellar 10-piece band led by ARIA-winning composer and pianist Barney McAll, with guest singers Tex Perkins (The Cruel Sea), Ella Hooper (Killing Heidi), Monique Brumby, Mojo Juju and Loretta Miller (Jazz Party).

Taste of Tasmania festival director Brooke Webb said the organisers wanted to create a celebratory special anniversary.

“We are over-hauling the festival line-up, making it bigger and better in every aspect and creating events that are lively and unique,” she said.

“The Speakeasy Ball is no exception, bringing those same values with a 1920s-themed party that’s sure to get everyone roaring and swinging into the New Year with delights from Tasmania and beyond.”

Tex Perkins’ growly voice helped shaped Australian music and cemented him as one of the country’s kings of pub rock.

Returning to the festival is crowd-favourite the Mighty Duke & The Lords for a night of extravagance and fever as they play their calypso party anthems into the wee hours and blow up one hell of a tropical hurricane in the process.

Melbourne’s best-kept secret, Jazz Party, will take attendees on an express trip to New Orleans, infecting the crowd with an unshakable dancing bug as they bring a slippery mix of rhythm ‘n’ blues and soulful, rocking jazz to the ball.

Local legends Uncle Gus & The Rimshots are bringing a fun-loving and energetic atmosphere that’s sure to get everyone buzzing.

The seven-man band will have the crowd jump-jiving and swinging the night away with a hectic set-list of tunes to sing, dance and laugh along to.

Another local sensation performing is the trio-quintet Django’s Tiger, who are bringing the distinctive and infectious sound of gypsy jazz to Hobart.

Featuring a blend of violin, vocals, guitar and bass, this supremely talented bunch will grace the crowd with an eclectic and unique sound.

Saucy Jack & His Ripper Band are another Hobartian delight whose original songs reminisce stepping into a time machine to listen to 1920 jazz, roots, blues and folk music.

After returning from three hugely successful back-to-back American tours the internationally acclaimed dancer and 2014’s Miss Burlesque Australia Zelia Rose will perform a dazzling, high-energy show.

For those who need a little help getting into the swing of things, come down early when the gates open for Swing Dancing Lessons by TasSwing – a fun and friendly dance class open to all.

This event is set against the backdrop of Hobart’s waterfront precinct, promising only the best 20s-inspired entertainment for a night of tuxedoes and feather boas.

The Taste of Tasmania New Year’s Eve Speakeasy Ball will be held on Monday 31 December at Princes Wharf Hobart.

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

Caption: The Speakeasy Ball will be held on 31 December to celebrate 30 years of the Taste of Tasmania.

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