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Rocky's new year celebration plans

THE countdown is on to when you can buy tickets to the year's biggest, well, countdown.

Tickets for the Rockhampton New Year's Eve Ball go on sale on October 1, and this year sees a revitalised four-day festival.

Now in its 22nd year, the New Year's Eve Ball will take on a Gangster and Glamour theme with country sensation Adam Brand headlining the big night at Rockhampton Showgrounds.

Event organiser Gary Stickley said yesterday he'd heard good feedback about the early bird prices for women, where the first 2000 tickets sold are only $95 each.

Men, and anyone buying tickets later, will get into the ball for $110.

This year the traditional Recovery Day party on January 1 will be replaced by a Keppel Island cruise and beach party.

Mr Stickley said it was time for the event to have a facelift.

The ticket price includes all food at the ball and drinks served will be heavy and gold beer, rum and cola, scotch and cola, bourbon and cola and vodka drinks.

Water and soft drinks will also be available.

The Oxford Street party is back after a huge attendance last year.

Ticket prices and the band line-up are still being finalised.

The Callaghan Park Race Day, which kicks off the four-day festival, will cost $10 with a ball ticket.

The Keppel Cruise and Beach Party will set you back $55.

In its two-decade history, Mr Stickley said there had only been two small fights among the thousands of patrons who partied at the ball.

This year he said organisers would be keeping an eye on people who were getting too drunk to put a cap on unruly behaviour.

You can see all new year festival information at www.ballevents.org.au.

IF YOU GO • Tuesday, Dec. 29 Callaghan Park Picnic Race day   • Wednesday, Dec. 30 Oxford Street Party GW Bull ride Strutters Wicked Wed.   • New Year's Eve Gangster & Glamour Ball, 7.30pm to 1.30am   • New Year's Day Keppel Island Cruise and Beach Party Stadium Finale

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