New Years Eve is supposed to be the biggest party of the year and you’re meant to spend it with those who you wish to spend the next year with. So you can imagine my excitement when I organised to move back to Melbourne in time for Christmas and New Years. I had organised to go to Sensations with my friends, had my white clothes ready to go and a ticket. However, after landing in Melbourne I got a phone call from a media network asking me to come work for them for 2 weeks in Geelong while their full timers where on holidays. I accepted of course but didn’t realised this contact would run straight through the New Year, nor did I think I would be rostered on New Years Day to work. However, I was. To top it all off, the main New Years celebration in Geelong was being presented by who I was working for, so I was half expected to go. I thought it was slightly disappointing but shouldn’t be upset that I was getting to see Eskimo Joe for free. So I got rid of my Sensations ticket and got ready for New Years on the Waterfront in Geelong.
After work on New Year’s Eve I had a nana nap to prepare for the evening’s festivities and then it was pre drink time. Come time to walk down to the Waterfront, a storm rolled in. Even though I had spent an hour and a half getting ready, I had to run through the rain. I thought moving from the NT would mean I wouldn’t be faced with hot weather and rain all mixed in together anymore but I was wrong. Nevertheless celebrations were on and I wanted to take part, so I kept frolicking down to the Waterfront to commence dancing in the marquee.
When I arrived there were two Marquees, both at that time playing house. I veered right when I heard “Cool” by Lowrida. After 5 songs, I decided that the DJ on was amazing and I needed to find out everything about him so I could go to the clubs he Dj’s at. I would like to point out I am not a lustful stalker of Dj’s, I just thoroughly enjoy music and hearing sets from incredibly talented DJ’s, especially if they are Aussie DJ’s (patriotic much...). Turns out his name is Hayden and he Dj’s with One Fish, Two Fish, so if you even hear of these people and you’re into fidget house, hunt them down!
It was time to relocate to the main stage to welcome the arrival of Eskimo Joe to the stage. I have seen these guys live quite a few times and the quality of the live performance’s get better every time I see them, which is amazing because they have been mind blowingly awesome every time I have seen them. I stayed for half the set and then went back into one of the DJ Marquee’s as Matt Bern from K-Rock FM’s breakfast show was Djing and I wanted to be back there to support him and get some footage.
I stood in the tent for the countdown and something I finished my last smoke seconds before the New Year was counted in. Obvious New Year’s resolution –QUIT SMOKING! I can happily say I haven’t had one since. When it got to 12.30am I sadly had to stick to my curfew walk home due to starting work at 7am. While it wasn’t the New Year’s I had planned, it was awesome because I made a crap load new friends, discovered a new DJ to go out and watch, saw Eskimo Joe live ad enjoyed my walk home in the drizzle (that’s not sarcastic, you’d enjoy drizzly rain if you had been rained on by monsoons for 12 months). Wouldn’t mind spending my New Years Eve in Geelong.