Fire up for 2018 with NYE Fireworks in Footscray Park

Published on 13 November 2017

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Ring in the New Year with City of Maribyrnong’s spectacular Fireworks in Footscray Park, part of Council’s Festival City program of spectacular events.

Kicking off at 6.30pm, this special event draws thousands to the banks of the iconic Maribyrnong River for a night of free live entertainment and an incredible early fireworks display, making it the ideal spot for families to celebrate the New Year without the late night or huge city crowds.

The 2017 on-stage line-up includes indie rock star and former Triple J unearthed winner Ali Barter; the vibrant Burundi Dummers; reggae sensations ‘Sol Nation’; local act  Footscray– three–0–double-1 which tells Footscray’s story through music and dance; and IMMACULATE MADONNA - The Genuine Live Concert Experience.

The night will be MC’d by Rusty Berther, best known as being one half of the ARIA award winning musical comedy duo, The Scared Weird Little Guys.

Gather your family and friends and roll out your picnic rug for a night to remember. There will be food trucks offering a variety of different cuisines and carnival rides for the kids. Settle in for an amazing fireworks display which will illuminate the sky from 9.30pm.

“This is only the fifth time we have held this event – but in that short time is has grown to become the 2nd biggest New Year’s Eve celebration in all of Victoria, second only to the City fireworks!”  said City of Maribyrnong Mayor, Cr Cuc Lam.

“This year is shaping up to be an unforgettable night, with an impressive line-up of entertainment for the whole family to enjoy. Everyone from the City of Maribyrnong and across Melbourne’s west and metro Melbourne is welcome to join in the fun.”

For event details, directions and transport information, visit  #MyfestivalCity

When: Sunday 31 December 2017, 6.30 – 10.30pm
Where: Footscray Park, Ballarat Road, Footscray
Cost: FREE

Transport: No parking available at Footscray Park. Please note that Farnsworth Ave and Fisher Parade will be closed to all cars from 8.30pm - 11pm. All public transport is FREE from 6pm. Footscray Park is a 15 minute walk from Footscray Station. Plan your journey with the PTV Journey Planner.

Please note: NYE fireworks is an alcohol free event and please leave dogs at home


6.30pm    MC Rusty Berther
6.35pm    Burundi Drummers
7.15pm    Ali Barter
8.15pm    Footscray - Three-O-Double-One
8.40pm    Sol Nation
9.30pm    Fireworks
9.40pm    Immaculate Madonna
10.30pm   Event closes


MC- Rusty Berther

Rusty Berther is best known as being one half of the ARIA award winning musical comedy duo The Scared Weird Little Guys. He is an accomplished writer, musician and comedian, and has recently published a book about his mid-life crisis of going to Antarctica to run a marathon.

Burundi Drummers

The Burundi Drummers hail from one of the smallest and densely populated countries of central Africa. The large group was initiated as a way of keeping immigrants from Burundi connected to their rich culture, steeped in music, while settling into their new home. They have performed at St Kilda Festival and Emerge in the West amongst other events. Their rhythmic beats will provide the tempo for an energetic cultural display of song and dance.

Ali Barter

Ali Barter is a Melbourne female solo musician and Indie rock sensation. A former triple j unearthed winner, she debuted at #58 in the 2016 her triple j Hottest 100 and spent the year touring with the likes of City Calm Down, The Jezabels and The Rubens, playing sell-out headline shows in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Her sound has been described as compelling where the lush sound of guitars layer over her evocative vocals in memorable songs that capture emotions and a new generation of fans. 

Footscray – three–0–double-1

Footscray Three-O-Double-One project is a music and dance collaboration telling the story of Footscray and its evolution and achievements over time. Footscray Three-O-Double-One includes DJ’ing by Skrybe and choreography by BKode.

Sol Nation

Sol Nation is the product of Melbourne's communal musical scene - at its heart lies the reggae experience of Paulo Almeida (The Dili Allstars), the rock charisma of Colin Badger (Painters and Dockers), and the fiery ardour of soul mama powerhouse Kattimoni. Their music can be described as a melting pot of Reggae, East Timorese folk song, Cuban Salsa, Latin dance,  Afro-Beat, tropical island rhythm, Brazilian Samba and a whole lot of fun.

Immaculate Madonna

IMMACULATE MADONNA - The Genuine Live Concert Experience - Dedicated to the Queen of Pop and paying tribute to the global icon that is Madonna. Recreating the greatest female artist of all time and featuring the most popular dance anthems for generations, unmatched stage charisma and some of the world’s most iconic costumes!

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