Millennium Events

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Darling Harbour, Sydney, Australia

Carl Cox is confirmed for this mega-event for up to 20,000 people. Darling Harbour is part of the Sydney Convention Centre, which has been souped up in preparation for the Olympic Games, with an indoor arena lit by electric blue neon lights in a 'very sexy, very futuristic' design. The venue has four different halls, each with a capacity of 5,000. The party is being co-promoted by London's Home (who are currently organising homelands 99), with BBC Radio 1 broadcasting Cox live at midnight in Sydney.

Information line: 0044 181 964 1999

Copacabana Beach, Rio, Brazil

This eight-mile stretch of sand is to see one of the biggest free millennial parties, with an expected 2.5 million party-goers. Three huge sound stages will pump out samba and soca from 10pm onwards, and at midnight a vast fireworks display will be set off from an offshore barge, from five locations on the sand, and from the two forts at either end of the beach. There will also be a show from a 100m high-resolution screen erected in front of the Copacabana Beach Hotel.

For details, visit Ladatco Tours

Jean-Michel Jarre, Egypt

Reports suggest that at sunset on December 31, a gold-encased capstone will be lowered by helicopter onto the top of the Great Pyramid. This event will set off a specially commissioned dusk-till-dawn music and laser show by maestro Jean-Michel Jarre entitled 'The Twelve Dreams of the Sun'. Nobody yet knows how the spectacle will be organised, how many tickets will be available, or how much they will cost.

For details, visit the Egyptian Tourist Authority

University Campus, Honolulu, Hawaii

After his gig in Sydney, Carl Cox will leave at 6am New Year's Day (their time), and fly backwards across the International date-line to reach this party in Hawaii at 6.30pm on New Year's Eve. Organised with the co-operation of the KTUH college radio station, ticket prices are set at a maximum of $25. With a capacity of only 1,000, you'll have to move fast.

For details, visit Radio One

Manumission Millennium, Ibiza

For Balearic diehards, Manumission is planning a party in Ibiza lasting 3-4 days and nights, from 30 December, 1999 to 2 January, 2000. The main event is the Manumission night in Privilege, but there are plenty of other parties throughout the duration. The club is offering an all-inclusive package with return flights from Gatwick or Manchester airport, accommodation in the Hotel Puchet, San Antonio, and free club entrance. DJ line-ups are to be confirmed. The first 1,000 seats are on sale now for £599 per person (plus £100 booking fee).

Information and reservations: 07000 462686

The Ice Hotel, Lapland

The world's largest igloo, The Ice Hotel, is hosting a New Year's Eve party with a live band and a laser and fireworks display. An ice-bar will dispense Absolut vodka to help warm revellers and the party-goers can sleep in heavy-duty sleeping bags on beds chiselled from solid ice.

Scantours offer a four-day trip to Lapland, including one night at the Ice Hotel. Prices from £1,450 per person. For more details phone Scantours on 0044 171 839 2927.

David Bowie in Concert, Gisborne, New Zealand

The Thin White Duke is set to headline 'the first official concert of the new Millennium', on the point on the International date-line in Gisborne, which will be the first place to see the New Year sunrise. The Gisborne 2000 Festival is to be staged over 24 hours on a 50-acre waterfront site looking towards the dawn horizon in an oval-shaped grass stadium and a park (to be transformed into a tented village with bars, restaurants, and other facilities).

Bowie is due on stage at 12:01am on New Year's Day 2000 and is said to have written a song especially for the occasion.

Support bands include New Zealanders Split Enz, reforming for the first time since 1984, and 'a performing group of 1,000 Maori warriors'.

Information line: Odyssey's End 00 64 9 302 3384

Visit the Gisbourne 2000 web site.

Riki Tik, Morocco

Soho's bar/club Riki Tik is chartering a private jet to an exotic destination in southern Morocco for a special seven-day celebration. There are around 400 places available and anyone who signs up will be whisked to a stunning bar on the side of a cliff overlooking the sea, with steps running down to the beach. The main event is a 24-hour party with an eclectic mix of music from all the usual Riki Tik DJs. Free food and booze for the full seven days is part of the package, along with excursions to the neighbouring Atlas mountains. Final prices are not yet confirmed but look to be in the region of £800-£1000.

Details from Erin or Donna at Riki Tik: 0044 171 692 5533

Cirque Du Soleil, Singapore

Montreal-based Cirque du Soleil is launching its Asian premiere of Saltimbanco in Singapore from 28 November, 1999, to 31 January, 2000. The show is at the 2,500-seater Big Top on the Padang, and combines acrobatics, trapeze stunts, mime, contortion and juggling. The highlight of the city's celebrations is the street party in Orchard Road for half a million revellers, and features giant television screens depicting celebrations in other countries. Also planned is the docking of Star Trek's USS Enterprise at the Singapore Expo in Changi.

For details, visit Singapore Millennia Mania

Danny Rampling, Cape Town, South Africa

Pharcyde promotions, who are responsible for organising the South African equivalent of the UK's Tribal Gathering, are holding a massive party for 25,000 people. Linked to Radio 1's millennial One World global celebrations, the event will take place on a huge golf driving range, which is shadowed by Table Mountain. There should be a number of music tents catering for every persuasion with a confirmed slot for 'millionaire hippy' Danny Rampling, notorious for DJing at acid house clubs such as Shoom. At only 200 rand (approximately £20), it's a bargain.

Information line: 00 27 214 234589

Greenwich 2000 and the Millennium Exhibition, London, UK

The world’s largest dome structure, having a circumference of one kilometre, is set to open on December 31, 1999. Built on a 130 acre site on the Greenwich Peninsula, London, UK, the Dome organisers are expecting more than 10 million visitors (or 100,000 a day) to visit exhibits shown there including the Millennium River walk, Millennium Park, Meridian Gardens and the Sky Arena*.

Stonehenge Genesis Party, Salisbury, UK

Stonehenge comprises the most prehistoric megalith in Europe, and party organisers are currently planning the Genesis Party music and dance extravaganza around the site to welcome in the new millennium. The celebration could prove to be one of the most magical and mysterious ways to enter the new millennium.

Visit the Genesis Party web site to find out more about the celebrations.

Night Fire 2000, Southampton, UK

Night Fire is a synchronised firework event that will take place throughout Southampton. The event is free so remember to pack your champagne and head off to the city centre.

Millennium Hogmanay, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

Although nothing concrete has been released about this event, we do know that it is due to be the biggest Hogmanay event ever. It will last a total of seven days and tickets are rumoured to be free.

For more details try writing to this address:

Hogmanay Box Office, 21 Market Street, Edinburgh EH1 1BW

Telephone: 0131 473 1999

Essex Millennium Festival, Essex, UK

A great site for those of you that live in the Essex, UK, area. It details events at all of the towns in Essex and displays a small map of the area, so that you can click on and choose the town in which you wish to celebrate the Millenium. Information is included on family events, club nights, restaurants, firework displays, church gatherings and much more.

Visit the Essex Millennium Page for more information.

Millennium Gold Party, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK

Costing a reported £2 million to stage, Belfast's millennium party tickets are a snip, costing between £11.75 and £50. Using satellite link-ups 2,000 guests will be able to celebrate the arrival of 2000 in five different time zones. The party will be held at the King's Hall, Northern Ireland's largest indoor arena. The arena will be transformed into a virtual film set for the occasion. Party-goers will have to use an electronic card to gain entrance to features such as a huge model ship, and a walk-though time tunnel charting the main events of the past 1,000 years.

Information line: 0044 1232 200060

George Square, Glasgow, Scotland, UK

Hogmanay in Glasgow will undoubtedly be as mad as ever, with the whole of the city centre open all night for street parties. The evening will feature bands and untold numbers of other performers of all kinds. On the night, BBC Radio 1 will be broadcasting live from George Square, with Dave Pearce DJing to an expected crowd of around 30,000. Although the event is free, you'll need to get hold of tickets beforehand.

Information line: 0044 8700 100100

Visit Radio One for more information.

Sundissential @ Club Uropa, Leeds, UK

You are going to need some stamina for this one. Teaming up again with Sundissential, Club Uropa is holding a marathon 36-hour event in three stages. Part One is from 8pm-8am at Uropa, with survivors going straight on from 8am-8pm on New Year's Day for Part Two at The Warehouse in Summer Street, where Sundissential has been holding regular after-hours parties. Then, after a short break, Part Three begins back at Uropa on Jan 2 from 2pm-2am. 'After that we'll all lie down', apparently. Four DJs have been confirmed.

Information line: 0044 113 242 2224

333 Old Street, London, UK

Intending to be 'the cheapest Millennium club in London', 333 has a refreshingly honest take on New Year's Eve. It won't be employing any big name DJs, but promises to 'stack the place with drink so people can help themselves'. They are clearly not going to take themselves too seriously, with foam machines and a big bun fight on the agenda. There are also plans to link the party to festivities at The Bricklayers' Arms 100 yards down the road.

Tickets £30-40

Information line: 0171 739 5949

Greenwich Park, London, UK

Situated in the shadow of the Royal Observatory, this has to be one of the most symbolic Millennium events. There will be a massive party for around 50,000 people with multimedia shows on stages placed throughout the heritage site. The idea is to tell the story of the Millennium through music, with rumours of possible appearances by Paul McCartney and Montserrat Caballé, although no acts have been confirmed.

Tickets prices to be confirmed

Information line: 0044 171 462 9000

Paradise Factory, Manchester, UK

Returning to last year's venue at Upper Campfield Market off Deansgate, New Year's Eve at Paradise Factory promises to be another suitably outrageous, mixed gay affair. The usual Saturday residents, Little Miss Natalie, Adrian C, Richard Cobey and Mike Allen, are all on the wheels of steel, spinning up-tempo house and garage. And there is an aftershow party back at the club, which should last at least until lunchtime.

Tickets should be around £40

Information line: 0044 161 228 2966

Kelly's, Portrush, Northern Ireland, UK

Lush, which is Northern Ireland's biggest house night, is also checking in with BBC Radio 1 for New Year's Eve. Col Hamilton will be playing his usual mix of thumping rhythms to a crowd of around 2,000 clubbers. It will be broadcast live from 10:30-11:30pm. Ticket prices and other DJs are not confirmed.

For further details, visit Radio One

Gatecrasher @ Don Valley Stadium, Sheffield, UK

Hurtling into the Millennium, Gatecrasher has organised a mammoth event for 25,000 revellers. The party is to take place inside Tensile 1, the world's largest and most technically-advanced portable structure. Tensile 1 is raised off the ground, and there will be an elaborate catwalk style suspension bridge leading to the two huge DJ areas. There is also a heavyweight DJ line-up to match, with confirmed appearances from Paul Oakenfold, Sasha, Judge Jules, Paul Van Dyk, Tall Paul, DJ Sonique, John Kelly, Scott Bond, and Matt Hardwick.

Tickets £100.

Information line: 0044 121 605 8970

Credit Card Hotline: 0044 114 252 6110

Metallica & Ted Nugent, Pontiac Silverdome, Detroit, USA

For those of a apocalyptic frame of mind, the Bay Area's most potent doom-mongers are ushering in the new era with long hair and air guitars. Tickets are set to go on sale on October 23, according to the show's promoter, Cellar Door; but prices are not confirmed. Rumour has it that negotiations are also under way for the Rolling Stones to play New York's Madison Square Garden, with sources suggesting an average ticket price of $600.

For details, visit Everything 2000

South Beach, Miami, USA

New Year on Miami's South Beach should be a free event. A non-stop multimedia extravaganza is promised, with sound, lights, music, video, and 'the hottest DJs and fashion shows'. Four huge sound and video towers, spread out at 300ft intervals along the beach are being built. Fireworks, set off from barges, will light up the sea and beach at midnight. In addition, Miami resident Gloria Estefan will be playing a gig in the city on the night.

For details, visit Tropicool Miami

Twilo's, New York, USA

Twilo's is in the same building as the original Sound Factory, where Junior Vasquez has held a residency for the past decade. His DJ booth there is well equipped for his weekly marathon 12-hour sets, with a coffee-machine and loo. On New Year's Eve, the club will open for 24 hours from 9pm until 9pm the following evening, with Vasquez playing what is rumoured to be his last gig before retirement. Club owner Mike Bindra says they might close 'for an hour or so' before a second session from Sasha and John Digweed, who take over until 9pm the following day (2 January).

Ticket prices to be confirmed

Information line: 001 212 268 1600

Visit Twilo Club New York

Please note that all information detailed above is subject to change, and the relevant organisers should be contacted before making any plans.

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