Still wondering what to do to say good-bye to 2004?
Despite Ivan’s lingering legacy, there are still parties aplenty to ring in the New Year. The musical options stretch all the way from low-key R&B to dynamic dance sounds to everything in between. Here are some of the events taking place around Grand Cayman for revellers to ring in 2005 with a bang:
Treasure Island’s New Year’s Eve Extravaganza features a showcase of homegrown artists offering non-stop entertainment until 3am.
‘We’re using all local bands because we want to support the local economy,’ said promotion and events manager Pasha Kilberg. ‘Every band is vastly different – from Caribbean to rock to Top 40. There’s a real variety.’
Heat, Mainstream, Eggshellblonde, Suckerbox and Retro will take turns on stage, with DJ Kaz playing host. There’s a balloon drop and confetti bombs at midnight, with a barbecue on site for those who work up an appetite. The Extravaganza gives revellers a chance to ring in 2005 while helping a good cause – part of the proceeds goes to the National Hurricane Relief Fund.
Tickets, available at Treasure Island, are $25 in advance, $30 at the gate. Call 525-1262.
Pedro St. James
Pedro St. James Courtyard is the site for Come Alive in 2005, a New Year’s Eve bash headlined by Bartholomew and the River Band. The Kansas-based group serves up everything from Socca and reggae to pop and rock. Local artists Tradewinds, Heat and DJ Dominic round out the bill. Tickets are $50 and include gourmet hors d’oeuvres, party favours, complimentary champagne bar (11:30 to 12:30) and fireworks at midnight. Doors open at 9pm. Tickets are available at Arabus, Le Classique, Allee, Celebrations, Magnum Jewelers and Style 96.5 FM.
Fort Street will be hopping with Masterminds, a New Year’s Eve celebration that also doubles as the launch for Cayman’s new dance music radio station, Spin 94.9 FM. Visiting artists DJ Vinyl Richie, MC Lady Precise, DJ Alexi and DJ Johnny G will be joined by such local performers as Notch, Blackface and Jalvent.
‘All different genres of music will meet on the street,’ said managing director Kenny Rankin. ‘There’s a little bit for everyone.’
There will be a rooftop fireworks display and revellers can watch the ball drop from New York City’s Times Square via a 20-foot video screen on site. Tickets are $25, and available at Reflections, Celebrations and Funky Tang’s. Doors open at 9pm.
It’s a black tie affair at the Kaibo Yacht Club in Cayman Kai – pants optional. The club is promoting the ‘black tie bare foot beach buffet’ for New Year’s Eve where guests are welcome to don their finest threads – or whatever Ivan left of them. It has manager Daniel Petts pairing his tuxedo jacket with Bermuda shorts. The evening features dinner, dancing and fireworks display along with a 300 pound ice block that will be used for shots. There are limited dinner tickets ($50) but the party is open to everyone, with no cover charge.
Guests can wine, dine and dance in the New Year with Cayman’s best-known crooner, the Barefoot Man. The party is at Castro’s Hideaway at the Reef Resort in East End. The gala dinner buffet is at 8pm. There’s complimentary champagne all night long, with Barefoot Man ringing in 2005 with a midnight toast. Tickets are $79.50, reservations necessary. Call 926-7445.
Fine food and fun combine at the Westin Casuarina Resort which is featuring Cruising the Caribbean, a buffet highlighting flavours of the island. It starts at 7:30pm with a reception in the Grand Lobby followed by poolside dining and live music by one of the island’s best-loved show bands, Los Tropicanos. Tickets are $180. At Casa Havana, guests can enjoy a tapas and champagne reception ($35) from 6pm to 7:30pm. Seating for the gala New Year’s dinner starts at 8pm ($130). Call 945-3800, ext. 6007.
The Hyatt is offering a five-course ‘gourmet kaleidoscope’ served under the stars, with live entertainment by In Transit. The celebrations include party favours, fireworks and champagne toast. Tickets are $140; children half-price. Call 949-1234.
You can party under the stars at The Wharf Restaurant to the backdrop of local band Footloose, featuring Morvin Brooks. Guests can enjoy fireworks at midnight, and the party continues until 2am. It’s open to everyone, with no cover charge at the bar.