Millennium Square set for big New Year party

MILLENNIUM Square will once again be the centre of attention on New Year's Eve as Leeds City Council and Galaxy 105 prepare to host "Come Together," Yorkshire's largest New Year street party.

More than 10,000 people are expected to celebrate the New Year in style with the party starting at 9pm.

It will be hosted by Galaxy 105's infamous breakfast show presenter, Jo Jo, and Simon Dale, from the drivetime show while two live bands will be giving it their all on stage.

The Bogus Brothers will play an energetic set featuring classic party tunes from the 1970s to today and the audience will also be entertained by Robbing Williams, the ultimate Robbie Williams tribute act who will perform modern pop classics like Angels and Rock DJ.

As the clock strikes midnight, a huge firework display and New York-style tickertape effect will welcome in 2004.

After midnight, Simon and Jo Jo will take to the decks for a live DJ set as the party continues into the night.

And for those not so interested in dancing, there will be gravity defying rides as all the fun of the fair comes to Cookridge Street with rides and attractions from 7pm.

The event is free, with no tickets required, although in previous years, access to Millennium Square has been restricted due to capacity being reached so partygoers are advised to arrive by 11.30pm. Entertainment and bars start from 9pm.

"New Year's Eve party is a great opportunity for the whole city to come together and enjoy the celebrations in the heart of the city," said Elizabeth Minkin, executive councillor with responsibility for the city centre.

"Local residents already know that Leeds is a great place to live and visit. Now this has been confirmed, as Leeds has been voted 'the UK's Favourite City.' We scored top for our nightlife and entertainment, amongst other things, so this is an opportunity for the whole city to celebrate."