Ball organisers warn rowdies
GANGSTERS will have to buckle up and behave like gentlemen at this week’s New Year’s Ball in Rockhampton as organisers vow to crack down on rowdy patrons.
The move comes after the antics of a small minority at last year’s Recovery forced organisers to cancel the event this time around.
Recovery is a get-together on New Year’s Day, following the main ball, and has in the past been a big drawcard.
At this year’s New Year Gangster and Glamour Ball there will be increased security, tougher licensing conditions and innovative safety measures in place.
“We are still designing a full-on party, but it will be one the girls feel really comfortable in,” event organiser Gary Stickley said yesterday.
“At the moment we have slightly more girls than guys coming.
“It’s all about the responsible service of alcohol, especially when it’s all-inclusive.
“If someone is overly intoxicated, they’ve had their last drink for a while, or the night.”
Mr Stickley said organisers were aiming for between 2500 and 3000 people at the event.
One of the changes will be the “can for a can system”, where patrons will have to provide their empty can to get another drink.
Mr Stickley said some people were upset Recovery wasn’t going ahead.
He said instead of unfairly pointing the finger of blame at the organising committee, they should look at the behaviour of a small group of patrons.
This year people will be evicted if they are caught with a ripped shirt, with food dye, tackling someone or throwing cans.
Meanwhile, Josh Jones, the organiser of The Oxford Street Party, said he had released extra tickets because of increased demand.
Mr Jones is confident this year’s event will attract more than the 2000 people who attended the one to see in 2009.
“Things are looking really good,” Mr Jones said.
“We’re anticipating a trouble-free event like last year.”
He said the presence of security would again be a feature of the event.
Mr Jones said he’d been surprised at how far away some of the ticket purchases were coming from.
“We’ve sold tickets online to people at Coober Pedy, Darwin and Adelaide... it’s amazing,” he said.HEADLINE ACTS
The main attractions at this year’s New Year’s Gangster and Glamour Ball are Adam Brand, Acca Dacca (an internationally-acclaimed AC DC tribute band) and The Shortfall.
At The Oxford Street Party, The Potbelleez are the main attraction with Stafford Brothers featuring Timmy Trumpet among the other acts.