ORGANISERS of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Harbour Party have promised that next year’s event, located at Mrs Macquarie’s Point, will be the “best ever” following criticism levelled at 2014’s event.

Partygoers took to social media in droves earlier this year to complain that music at the open-air event was too “laid back” and that sound levels were so low that, in some areas, the music couldn’t be heard at all.

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At the time, Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras said they were hamstrung by strict volume controls laid down by the Environmental Protection Agency but admitted that in certain locations the sound was indeed lower than anticipated.

Launching 2015’s Harbour Party, Mardi Gras chief executive Michael Rolik said the organisation had taken the feedback from “passionate partygoers” on board.

“We’ve repositioned the stage to maximise the view of the stunning harbour and make sure no sound gets lost in the crowd,” he said.

Mardi Gras today released a video on social media to publicise the dance party (scroll down to watch).

Rolik also said Harbour Party would have a “more affordable ticketing structure” with tickets for the 2015 party, which go on sale today, starting at $69.

However, while significantly less than last year’s top price of $149, Mardi Gras has warned that the new lower price “won’t last”.

Harbour Party 2014 (Picture: Ann-Marie Calilhanna)

Harbour Party 2014 at dusk (Picture: Ann-Marie Calilhanna)

The first details of the line-up for Harbour Party, to be held on Saturday, February 28, have also been announced with Mardi Gras saying the bill will be more high-energy than in 2014.

Mardi Gras favourites Kitty Glitter and Dan Murphy will be joined by remix specialists Bimbo Jones, fronted by the UK’s Lee Dagger, with “the hands-in-the-air anthems” of homegrown DJ Du Jour also featuring.

Organisers have promised further announcements on the line-up will be made in the coming months.

A new cocktail bar is also on the cards, allowing the crowd to sip on a martini or two as the sun sets behind the Opera House before heading to the dance floor.

“Harbour Party is a truly spectacular annual event for us, and we’ve worked hard to ensure that the 2015 edition will be the best ever,” Rolik said.

DETAILS: Harbour Party, 3pm–11pm, February 28, 2015; Fleet Steps, Mrs Macquarie’s Point, Sydney. Info and tickets: www.mardigras.org.au

Watch the promotional video:

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