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Diesel headlines Darwin's NYE festivities

AAP logoAAP 21/12/2016 Lucy Hughes Jones

Aussie music icon Diesel will play old favourites in the tropics this New Year's Eve with a free concert in Darwin.

More than 5000 New Year's Eve revellers are expected to attend Darwin's Waterfront next Saturday to ring in 2017.

With a new half-day public holiday declared, families will have plenty of time to arrive from 5pm for kids' shows, face painting, local live music and an early fireworks display at 9pm.

Then six-time ARIA award-winning Diesel will perform hits including Cry in Shame and Tip Of My Tongue from 9.30pm before the midnight firework finale heralds the new year.

Local restaurants and food stalls will be trading for dinner but families are welcome to pack a picnic, spread a blanket and relax on the lawns.

Organisers say party-goers should also bring a poncho in case it rains, as the show will go on despite the region's unpredictable wet season.

Paola Ciarla, events and marketing manager of the Darwin Waterfront Corporation, says there'll be marquees should a storm roll in.

"A little bit of rain doesn't scare us," she said.

"There's about 500 fireworks. They'll be very close because they're fired off the seawall, so all the colours do reflect on the lagoon."

Those needing a New Year's Day recovery session can head back to the Waterfront on January 1 for a free "jazz on the lawns" concert from 12pm to 4pm.

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