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December, January, New Year


Paradise NYE is an exciting addition to the Sydney events calendar, a party designed to showcase the best of a Sydney NYE; unbeatable views of Sydney Harbour, great food created by celebrity chefs, fireworks so close you feel like you could touch them and the evening’s soundtrack delivered by a line- up of internationally acclaimed DJs.

This December 31st, Paradise NYE will see the Overseas Passenger Terminal, arguably the best location on Sydney Harbour to witness the stunning annual fireworks display, transform into a Paradise wonderland to welcome in 2014 in style. Palettes will be pleased by bespoke canapés crafted by renowned chefs Pete Evans, Adam D’Sylva and Justin North, while the sounds of internationally respected DJs Norman Jay MBE, Aeroplane and Russ Dewbury create a flawless sonic backdrop to welcome in the New Year.

Paradise is a perfectly orchestrated culture clash of fine food and music, eliminating the fuss from NYE while providing an unrivaled New Year experience. Taking place in the upper balcony of Customs Hall, the Paradise event will offer direct views of the Harbour Bridge from its adjoining car park and balcony areas, designed especially for the event. Russ Dewbury, the man behind the historical Brighton Jazz Rooms, will open proceedings with his signature mix of jazz, tropical beats and vintage flavours that will trickle out to all areas. As the clock nears midnight and the party is truly underway, Italian-Belgian producer Vito De Luca aka Aeroplane will take to the decks for the second audible course, spinning his 1980s-inspired French House beats to perfectly frame the peak of celebrations.

Legendary DJ and UK dance-scene pioneer Norman Jay MBE will take Paradise NYE to the early hours of January 1st with his Funk, Soul and Disco DJ set, the kind that will positively make you want to dress- up-to-get-down. In 2002, Norman Jay MBE was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire, the highest civilian honour, awarded on merit of “deejaying and services to music”. His multifaceted career spanning over 30 years – and still going strong – has seen Norman Jay play on stages across the world, performing at early incarnations of the Brooklyn ‘Block Party’, starting London’s Kiss FM, through to his current go-to-DJ status for an array of personalities including Mick Jagger, Bruce Springsteen, David & Victoria Beckham, Vivienne Westwood, Thierry Henry and President Obama.

Six courses of finely curated dishes will be served, cocktail style, throughout the course of the evening and come courtesy of some of Australia’s finest chef talents. Since the age of 19, internationally renowned chef and restaurateur Pete Evans (My Kitchen Rules & SumoSalad) has opened six award- winning restaurants across Australia, including ‘The Pantry’, ‘Hugo’s Manly’ and most recently ‘Little Hunter’ in Melbourne’s CBD. Currently at helm of the widely successful international television series My Kitchen Rules, Pete Evans has a penchant for fresh, healthy, organic produce that is paralleled only by his love of educating people about nutritional food and wellness.

It’s no accident that Adam D’Sylva has become one of the most talked about chefs in town. As part owner and head chef of CODA & Tonka, two of Melbourne’s hottest bar / restaurants, Adam has built himself an enviable culinary reputation. Awarded a chef’s hat in the AGFG 2010 and 2011, and owner of a restaurant named after a Led Zeppelin album, Adam is the embodiment of the music vs. food Paradise concept.

Justin North rounds up the trio of chefs adding their deft touch to the most anticipated evening of the year. As a regular on Masterchef, author of two award-winning books, GQ Chef of the Year in 2010, and with his previous restaurant, Bécasse, the proud owner of two coveted Chef’s Hats from 2003 – 2011, Justin is perfectly placed to round off proceedings.

There are two all-inclusive packages available for Paradise NYE.

The exclusive VIP balcony, nestled away from the main Customs Hall on the upstairs balcony, will provide an intimate Paradise experience, offering unsurpassed views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and fireworks, with access to the Customs Hall for music and dancing, complimented with sophisticated food and beverage waiter service to ring in the New Year.

Customs Hall patrons will enjoy live entertainment with canapé service and designated bars, also stepping out on to the Upper Car Park and balcony to enjoy direct views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge when the fireworks are in full flow.

Paradise NYE is presented by Big a-ha!, a group of passionate individuals united by the mantra of “Live that Life”. Their balanced outlook is apparent in the curation of the Paradise NYE event, recognising that people want a complete approach to lifestyle and wellbeing – in this case the combination of fine food, internationally renowned entertainment and unbeatable Sydney harbour views to celebrate the New Year in style.

Tickets are on sale this Thursday, Nov 7.

Customs Hall First release $295 +bf VIP Balcony experience $395 +bf


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