• 2021.01.26
  • AF My NYE in Sydney
Since this year there were no parties in the Sydney harbour area and the great fireworks show had been suspended for a much shorter version at midnight at the Sydney Harbour Bridge which one could only watch broadcast live on the ABC channel or on the Sydney Harbour live cam, I decided to go to a private party with live music, social distancing and to get a feeling of normalcy a bit on the outskirts of the city with a friend.
The duration of the firework show in Sydney from the classic twelve minutes was shortened to seven minutes and was only open to residents in the area, their friends and relatives (for a maximum number of ten people for each family) or those who had booked a special access pass (I don’t know how or for how much) to see them live. Local officials in fact have banned people from gathering near the bridge to watch the show.

So, I was saying that I drove a bit up north with a friend where we could attend a sit-down live concert and have dinner and it was very nice.
It was a mix of Latino and jazz music and, perhaps because it was something ‘normal’ after so long or maybe because the band was very good and dedicated (especially the saxophone player) but I had a really great time!
Jazz is a bit incomprehensible to me so that is maybe why it fascinates me so much. It attracts me that it is a genre born within a culture so far from ours, that of the African American slaves of New Orleans in the early twentieth century, and that it is pure improvisation, albeit, based on a great musical technique. Its rhythm, its virtuosity and also its melancholy sound make me feel almost part of the music.
I chose with a friend to get tickets to this Jazz Club/resort because they were respecting social distancing rules and we could have an enjoyable night with music sitting down while eating and drinking and having a good show or so we hoped…And we were not disappointed.
Unfortunately, I only have one picture of the venue from the afternoon when we arrived because then we took only some videos and no photographs.
The weather was good and hot and there was a great pool in the resort we visited so the location itself was very, very nice.
I picked it randomly online because I really needed to get away after the scare of a near lockdown I had during Christmas.
I heard here is where artists from all over the world have performed and which has now become a point of reference for lovers of music not only jazz music.
They normally play jazz on Wednesday or Sunday evening, for the jam sessions, but this was a special show because it was for New Year’s Eve so the band was asked to play also some Latino songs to entertain the guests and create a fun atmosphere.
The dinner was served in the restaurant together with glasses of champagne and hors d’oeuvres served on trays but without any buffet and it was impossible to touch or pick the food yourself for hygiene reasons.
The food was classic Australian staple foods such as prawns with mango sauce and a lot of cold appetizers (let’s not forget it’s summer here now) and some other Asian style noodles and soups. We also had a few desserts and dry fruits served to us in the end together with coffee and the midnight champagne for all. It was really great!
People chatted and although there were moments of complete devotion to the stage, the jazz group animated the stage throughout the night, helping to create a relaxed but lively atmosphere.



  • Alberto Ferrando
  • Jobcivil engineer

Hello everyone! I’m originally from Italy and I moved to Sydney, Australia, in 2012 after getting a job as a civil engineer. I love walking my dog along the beach, surfing and taking photos. I used to have a travel blog because I’m passionate about traveling and I love writing about it too. Sydney is my home base now and I wish to share how amazing it is to live here. I love to spend time outdoors and I’m always well informed about local events because my girlfriend works in event management.

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