UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., Dec. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The countdown to 2014 begins at Universal CityWalk as The Entertainment Capital of L.A. ushers in the new year with Los Angeles' biggest and most dynamic New Year's Eve celebration featuring spectacular fireworks displays, thousands of pounds of confetti, and non-stop live concert and DJ performances throughout Universal CityWalk and Universal Studios Hollywood to welcome 2014.
At the "5 Towers" state-of-the-art outdoor concert venue, headline acts will include Travis Garland, an R&B / pop musician who's performed to sold out crowds at top L.A. clubs, including the world-famous The Roxy Theatre and The House of Blues; and Latino recording artist Eddie Gomez, who first rose to fame as a prolific street performer at Universal CityWalk, before performing at The Roxy Theatre and The Mint. He'll entertain with his unique and contemporary blend of modern and pop music.
Non-stop entertainment at the Globe Plaza stage, located adjacent to the theme park's main entry, will feature Air Dubai, renowned for their highly energetic performances mixing R&B, jazz, alternative rock and hip-hop; and 7 Lions, a band whose music fusion blends hip-hop with electric pop rock.
Universal Studios Hollywood's all-new open air Universal Plaza – located at the center of the theme park – will provide a theatre-in-the-round environment for Ricky "Rocks" Lorek, an innovative musician whose distinctive sounds combines DJing and live drums / percussions with a variety of house, electric, hip-hop and rock to deliver an explosive new form of entertainment. A staple entertainer in the A-list social scene, Ricky "Rocks" Lorek has performed at special events and after-parties from MTV's VMAs and the Grammy® Awards to Super Bowl XLII.
The popular New Year's Eve destination has also expanded to include multiple designated firework display viewing areas to capture the elaborate aerial choreography that will launch simultaneously from three different locations, including the "WaterWorld®" attraction, a stadium-style arena that will also provide family-friendly entertainment including balloon artists.
New Year's Eve at Universal CityWalk will kick off at 9:00 p.m. PT. Immediately upon arrival, guests will be treated to a live feed of the iconic New York City Times Square ball drop displayed on a giant outdoor screen.
Revelers can also take advantage of a variety of New Year's Eve packages and special offers available at CityWalk's popular hot spots including, the Jon Lovitz Comedy Club, Infusion Lounge, Samba Brazilian Steakhouse and Lounge, Howl at the Moon, Jillian's Hi-Life Lanes, Hard Rock Cafe, Karl Strauss Brewing Company, Wolfgang Puck LA Bistro and Saddle Ranch Chop House.
Beginning at 4:00 p.m. on New Year's Eve (December 31), special event admission pricing will go into effect for all patrons visiting Universal CityWalk via shuttle, drop-off and walk-ups, as well as for self-parking and valet parking services. Event pricing and more information is available at www.CityWalkHollywood.com.
Holiday movies will also shine a spotlight on CityWalk this season and the Universal CityWalk Cinemas, offering one of the best movie-going experiences in LA, will be the place to see some of the biggest blockbuster movies. Movie goers can enjoy $2 Movie Parking with the purchase of a movie ticket at the CityWalk Cinemas. $2 Movie Parking is valid every day except after 4 p.m. on New Year's Eve.
A complete schedule of the Holidays at Universal CityWalk can be found at www.CityWalkHollywood.com. Regular updates can also be found on CityWalk's Twitter @CityWalkLA, Facebook- Universal CityWalk Hollywood and on Instagram @CityWalkLA.
Universal CityWalk is Southern California's dynamic entertainment, dining and shopping destination that reflects the area's rich cultural diversity. The iconic open-air leisure and nightlife complex provides "Always Unexpected" entertainment options and has served as a prototype for similar destinations. Universal CityWalk includes the high-tech concert venue, "5 Towers," provides L.A.'s best movie-going experience at the Universal Cinemas and offers such unique venues as the "Jon Lovitz Comedy Club," the "Infusion Lounge," iFly indoor skydiving and mechanical bull-riding at "Saddle Ranch Chop House."
SOURCE Universal Studios Hollywood