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Bringing in the New Year

By Sophie McCarrick [email protected]

A variety of events and performances throughout the Algarve are scheduled to take place over the festive period to celebrate Christmas and New Year.

In Lagos the local council has decided to promote a “be different this Christmas and support the local suppliers” with no musical performances planned.

However, a fireworks display will be held on the Avenida dos Descombrimentos to welcome 2012 and payment of parking throughout the city will be exempt until January 1.

Portuguese singer Aurea will visit Albufeira this New Year, performing from 11pm in the Old Town, taking a short break for fireworks at midnight.

“In a difficult economic context, we have tried our best to find partners who believe in this unforgettable moment to take part,” said Mayor of Albufeira, Desidério Silva.

The Jardim Manuel Bivar in Faro will host two days of celebration with entertainment to mark the passing from 2011 to 2012.

Starting on December 30, local band Nome will perform at 9.30pm, followed by DJ Mike Fuentez who will play for the remainder of the evening.

On December 31, the party kick starts with a performance by rock ‘n’ roll band, the Dixie Boys. Fireworks are scheduled for midnight, when The Stone Covers Band will take to the stage.

From 2am until late various DJs, including Joss Switch, will be on set.

If you are heading to the East of the Algarve, Vila Real de Santo António and Monte Gordo present headliners Paulo Gonzo and Baby Lores, who will be accompanied by various DJs.

From 9.30pm on December 30, in Monte Gordo, group Vide Versus will warm up the crowd for an 11.15pm performance by Paulo Gonzo followed by DJ Palm d’Flip and Diego Miranda feat Ana Free.

On New Year’s Eve the party begins at 9.30pm with Duo Reflection. At 11pm Uns e Outros will bid a musical farewell to 2011.

Fireworks will light up the sky above Monte Gordo’s bay, followed by the first concert of the year provided by Baby Lores at 12.15am. DJs and acts including Rosabrava Guadiprod will then take over the rest of the night from 2am onwards.

In the Praça Marquês de Pombal of Vila Real de Santo António on December 31, the Grab It Band will play at 10.30pm, followed by a midnight performance by Cê Barros.

Mayor of Vila Real de Santo António, Luís Gomes said: “We believe that there will be a good return for the hospitality trade, taking into consideration that New Years Eve is one of our key events.