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Choose the Exchange Square NYE midnight song

Who plays? You decide...

Published on December 23rd 2009.

Choose the Exchange Square NYE midnight song

Last week, a proud Councillor Pat Karney told us that: “You don’t need to go to Sydney, New York or even Edinburgh to welcome in the new decade in style – the best party is going to be right here in Manchester.” It was a joy to learn the news that Exchange Square will host a proper New Year’s Eve celebration for the city. But what Party Man Pat failed to mention was that he has personally chosen the song ‘Mamma Mia’ to be played at midnight. Changes everything, doesn’t it?

Luckily, Councillor Pat Karney – AKA DJ 'Carnage' Karney – had the sense to seek the advice of the voice of the city, Manchester Confidential, before pressing play in the midnight hour.

Luckily, Councillor Pat Karney – AKA DJ 'Carnage' Karney – had the sense to seek the advice of the voice of the city, Manchester Confidential, before pressing play in the midnight hour. Apparently his finale song hasn’t received the applause he feels it deserves.

He told us: "I'm sick of this – people keep telling me that 'Mamma Mia' by ABBA is a rubbish song to bring in the New Year. I think it's a real party song. It'll be a laugh. If other people have any ideas for the right song then I'd love to know what they are."

It would certainly be refreshing to hear something other than the age-old 'Auld Lang Syne', but here at Confidential we’re of the opinion that, as fun as it is, 'Mamma Mia' is better suited to G.A.Y in London rather than N.Y.E in Manchester.

Nevertheless it’s – “Mamma mia, here I go again. My my, how can I resist you?” – that Councillor Karney wants every man, woman and child in Manchester to belt out at the turn of the new decade. But do you?

Confidential readers are the only people with the power to change this. Councillor Pat Karney will be reading each and every one of your suggestions. It’s a bit like the Joe McElderry versus Rage Against the Machine chart battle, only we’re sure Pat will get in even more of a strop than Simon Cowell did.

What do you want to hear in Exchange Square at midnight? Rant your suggestions below...

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27 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

emma graceDecember 23rd 2009.


KevinDecember 23rd 2009.

Disco 2000, Pulp. Oh just a minute........

GHDecember 23rd 2009.

I bet you look good on the dance floor by the Arctic Monkeys.

AnonymousDecember 23rd 2009.

One day like this by Elbow after the recent fantastic Manchester concert.

Simon CowellDecember 23rd 2009.

Carl Orff, 'O Fortuna'.

AnonymousDecember 23rd 2009.

Gotta be champage supernova innit. Nuff said

Classically bentDecember 23rd 2009.

What about the whole of Wagner's Ring Cycle? Maybe we could then see in the whole of New Year 2011 too.

AnonymousDecember 23rd 2009.

'Gold' by Spandau Ballet

PhilboDecember 23rd 2009.

It's the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine) by R.E.M.

AnonymousDecember 23rd 2009.

'The Party's Over', well it soon will be for Karney's lot. And about time too.

AnonymousDecember 23rd 2009.

who knows where the time goes by sandy denny

MorrisseyDecember 23rd 2009.

Good Lord it took that long for someone to mention a Smiths' song with words by me. I'm losing my touch.

CasDecember 23rd 2009.

It has to be Auld Lang Syne. It's traditional and will be appropriate to everyone there. We've all been drunk and held hands with strangers whilst belting it out. People expect it to be played. There is nothing wrong with tradition, there is no reason we have to try and be different which is what this smacks of. Similar to when an embarassing uncle attempts to be cool and looks desperate. What next, a Peter Saville designed Santa suit compulsary to all Manchester department stores?

Na, na, naDecember 23rd 2009.

I've composed a song called 'Where have all the bratwursts gone (now that it's almost January).'

Railway journeysDecember 23rd 2009.

Surely This Wheel's on Fire by Bob Dylan and Rick Danko.

SBDecember 23rd 2009.

Shaved Women by Crass

RegDecember 23rd 2009.

When I'm cleaning windows by the Sex Pistols

Jeremy BDecember 23rd 2009.

Comfortably Numb by Pink Floyd. I will be anyway.

MK DimDecember 23rd 2009.

Anarchy in the UK by George Formby

Cheesy DylanDecember 23rd 2009.

It's got to be Thank you for the Music by Abba.

LFGDecember 23rd 2009.

Aye aye, what abaaaaaaaart a sea shanty or two me hearties. 'What shall we do with the drunken slapper?" Lovvvvvvely

Herr BratwurstDecember 23rd 2009.

Ja und I have composed ein song ve callen: 'The season of bratwursts ist now over mein friends (but I believe ve have ein slot in March again).

DigDecember 23rd 2009.

'One Day Like This' by Elbow. Manc band, Manc party in a Manc square in Manchester. Appropriate lyrics for a drunken New Year midnight song. Do Mancs like the word Manc by the way?

EddyDecember 23rd 2009.

Yes, what was it???No earthly reason to play Mama Mia!Should have been a Manc song if not going for tradition. We should celebrate all things Mancunian in Manchester

Jimbo, DidsburyDecember 23rd 2009.

Walk away. (Can't remember who by but very big about 5 years ago). Sound advice to all those Mancs paying Glazer's debts.

JezzyDecember 23rd 2009.

Still Ill by The Smiths

SALDecember 23rd 2009.

Well I missed it because I had a cold and stayed in Leve - so what was it?? Not Mama Mia pleeease??

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