What better way to see out the old year and greet the new, than at the helm of HMS Bellowhead with special guests including comedian Tim FitzHigham, award-winning folk singers Eliza Carthy, Jim Moray and DJs Pete Lawrence and Sam Lee.
Southbank Centre artists-in-residence Bellowhead will host a characteristically exuberant night on the high-seas to celebrate New Year's Eve in style. With The Clore Ballroom and foyers at the Royal Festival Hall decked out for a nautically-themed show, this special party on a cruise liner comes complete with a highly irregular crew and all manner of ship-shaped and below-decks fun.
Perrier Award-nominated comedian and author Tim FitzHigham has been confirmed as The Ship's Commodore, and he will be performing parts of his acclaimed All At Sea show â€“ an incredible account of his successful bid to cross the Channel in a bath tub. The evening also features three strikingly different sets by Bellowhead and Eliza Carthy's infamous Abba-Ceilidh â€“ featuring the classic Abba tunes presented in Ceilidh band style, with all the band and the caller dressed up in 70s disco outfits. The Big Chill creator Pete Lawrence and folk artist Jim Moray battle it out as Silent Disco DJs and Sam Lee of folk and acoustic club The Magpie's Nest & Folklahoma! runs an 'Old Men's Bar' with old style games. Further entertainment on the night includes communal singing of sea-shanties, visits to the commodore's table and a casino.
Shortly before midnight (weather permitting) the party moves outside for exclusive access to Southbank Centre's Festival Terrace overlooking the Thames, where revellers can enjoy London's incredible fireworks and skyline away from the crowds, before continuing the party indoors.
The musically-stunning, cheerfully-anarchic and eye-wateringly talented 11-piece big band, Bellowhead, take songs about cholera, whiskey and nefarious deeds to a whole new level. The New Year's Eve party with Bellowhead follows on from the band's memorable Dirty Weekend at the Royal Festival Hall for Valentine's Day in February, where they performed a hair-raising repertoire of filthy ballads and Music Hall classics, complemented with cross-dressing, Burlesque dancing and a choir.