Weather Halts Birds Of Tokyo's New Years Eve Show

1 January 2023 | 11:16 am | Stephen Green

Best laid 'Plans' no match for Darwin's monsoonal weather.

Credit: Cybele Malinowski

Credit: Cybele Malinowski

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Known for its spoiling of important holidays, the Top End's unpredictable monsoonal weather laid claim to Territorians' New Years Eve plans last night as the planned celebrations at the Darwin Waterfront were cancelled. 

Headline attraction Birds of Tokyo were already in town ready for the show when the show was cancelled early in the afternoon. 

BOM community information officer Patch Clapp said between 30mm and 60mm of rain was expected with isolated falls of up to 150mm possible. Damaging winds of up to 90km/h were forecast as possible from Palmerston to Nhulunbuy, making the event too dangerous to proceed.

Birds of Tokyo took to social media to lament the cancellation. 

"Super bummed to fly all this way up to beautiful Darwin only to have tonight’s New Years Eve Show cancelled due to severe weather!" they said on social media. "We’re sorry we can’t stop this mighty weather system Darwin! We hope we can revisit super soon. We love it here, crocs and all!".

The Darwin Waterfront Corporation said in a statement: “Due to the ongoing severe weather the Darwin Waterfront New Year’s Event, including the scheduled firework displays, is cancelled. We are disappointed the event cannot proceed as planned, but the safety of patrons, performers and contractors remains our top priority.” The corporation said they would explore options of rescheduling the show to ensure Darwin fans still got the opportunity to see the band at a later date, but that was cold comfort for Darwinians looking to ring in the new year with the Lanterns hitmakers. 

New Year at the Waterfront is becoming a Darwin institution with last year's headliner Amy Shark providing a great performance to ring in the new year.

Darwin is fast becoming known for it's music, with the Darwin Festival and National Indigenous Music Awards attracting some of the country's biggest artists to the top end each August, while the all-ages BASSINTHEGRASS festival just keeps going from strength to strength with the 2023 lineup featuring Amy Shark, Angus & Julia Stone, Spacey Jane, Hooligan Hefs and many more.  

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