Sydney’s New Years event wrap-up

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Still recovering? We know how you feel. As ever, New Years Eve was a party marathon in Sydney, with festivals and clubs alike bringing superstar talent in droves to our fair city. But if you couldn’t get along to all the activity – and we really were spoilt for choice – then inthemix has you covered. We sent our snap-happy photographers out to the big parties of the New Years stretch, including those buzzing club gigs that fell on Sunday.

For many dance music pilgrims, the good times started early at four-day campout Peats Ridge Festival. 2011 was welcomed by Danish impresario Trentemoller and his live band, while elsewhere across the festival there were sets from Freq Nasty, Freestylers and Itch-E & Scratch-E.

A little closer to the city lights was Fuzzy’s Shore Thing on Bondi Beach, which boasted the live debut of Aston Shuffle alongside Armand Van Helden, David Guetta and some fire-spouting robots. If you wanted a spectacular countdown to the New Year, this was the place to be.

On the other side of town, German electro kingpins Digitalism were starting a riot at Harbour Party. With an incredible sunset and prime position for the fireworks, it banged right through till the wee hours of 2011.

At Cockle Bay, Bungalow 8 and Cargo Bar went head-to-head with their New Years Eve blowouts. NYE Party Under the Stars was nirvana for house fans with enduring icon Frankie Knuckles, while Miami Horror and Breakbot reeled them in at NYE On The Harbour.

Coming off a jam-packed 2010, local disco/house specialists Picnic partied warehouse-style into the New Year. No fireworks, but a whole lot of good old-fashioned fun.

A sweltering New Years Day saw Field Day take over its home turf of the Domain with a little something for all dance music persuasions. If you weren’t being awed by the live shows of Public Enemy or Trentemoller, it was all about the take-no-prisoners finale from Justice on the mainstage.

As our reviewer points out, 2011 was the year the Space Ibiza Festival came into its own. While Francois K was every bit as galvanising as hoped and the drum & bass arena heaved all day, it was the mainstage with Steve Lawler and Carl Cox that really brought the carnivalesque atmosphere of the Ibiza superclub.

Away from the festival fields, Ministry Of Sounds Classics returned for another New Years Day at Sydney’s schmick party tower ivy. With throwback sets from the likes of John Course, the Bang Gang DJs and GT, the good times flowed freely (along with the cocktails).

If you weren’t too broken after New Years Day, Sunday 2 January presented two essential gigs for house and disco heads. At Nevermind, a capacity crowd settled in for an extended set from Dirtybird boss Claude VonStroke, while a rammed Civic Underground welcomed one of 2010’s finest Tensnake for the first Adult Disco of the year.

Also packed to the gills was the first Chinese Laundry Garden Party of 2011, which celebrated all things bass-heavy with Chase & Status, Nero and Sub Focus. It was heads-down, speaker-shaking madness in the courtyard – see for yourself in this photo gallery.