Get 2018 off to the banging-est possible start with these New Year’s Eve highlights
1. Eskimo Dance NYE
WHERE: Boxpark, Croydon
TELL ME MORE: With Wiley, Ghetts, D Double E, P Money, and a secret guest, grime fans can’t go wrong with this huge line-up – and that’s before you add the comedy crew Kurupt FM.
WHERE: Magna Science Adventure Centre, Rotherham
TELL ME MORE: At this Sheffield party you’ll find one of 2017’s greatest new stars, J Hus, alongside Olympic swimmer Adam Peaty’s fave artist, Jaykae, and Brummie MC Mist.
3. Bass Jam
WHERE: Victoria Warehouse, Manchester
TELL ME MORE: Bringing ‘Fester Skank’ to Manchester’s enormous club venue is headliner Lethal Bizzle, with support from DJs Chris Lorenzo, Tom Zanetti & K.O. Kane – not to mention comedy dude Big Shaq, the character behind this year’s viral hit ‘Man’s Not Hot’.
4. Hogmanay ‘18
WHERE: Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh
TELL ME MORE: Rag‘N’Bone Man is set to fill the historic gardens of Edinburgh with the bluesy pop of his debut album ‘Human’, at this Hogmanay celebration topped off by an awesome firework show.
WHERE: Crane, Birmingham
TELL ME MORE: DJ Hype back-to-back with DJ Hazard means one thing – utter chaos. Drum & bass crew SaSaSaS take the reins from midnight.
6. NYE at Canal Mills
WHERE: Canal Mills, Leeds
TELL ME MORE: Superstar DJs at this Leeds show include Hannah Wants, Danny Howard, GotSome, and Sonny Fodera.
7. Chic Feat. Nile Rodgers
WHERE: Central Hall, London
TELL ME MORE: To celebrate the end of their 40th active year, and with the promise of new music in 2018, this night of disco will not disappoint. Tickets aren’t cheap, but it’s also being broadcast live on the BBC.
TICKETS: From £121
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9. Nightvision Hogmanay
WHERE: Liquid Rooms, Edinburgh
TELL ME MORE: Superstyling headliners Groove Armada need no introduction at this evening of house – and the undercard boasts equally exciting DJs in the form of Joris Voorn and Ben Pearce, to name but two.
10. Tropical New Year’s Eve
WHERE: OPEN, Norwich
TELL ME MORE: “We’re going to be playing the music from our miss-spent youth,” say breakbeat bros Plump DJs of their headline set at this tropical evening. Be prepared.
11. Sink The Pink: Favourite Things
WHERE: Troxy, London
TELL ME MORE: Described by Dazed as “the world’s most progressive, inclusive and completely bat****-bonkers drag troupe”, Sink The Pink return to east London’s Troxy – their “spiritual home” for a night of unadulterated joy and colour.
12. The Moon New Year’s Eve Party
WHERE: The Moon Club, Cardiff
TELL ME MORE: This inner-city venue invites you to a night of live music, spearheaded by alternative Welsh trio CHROMA.
13. Krankbrother Presents 24hr Party NYE to NYD
WHERE: Bloc, London
TELL ME MORE: With an extensive line-up including Fort Romeau, Krankbrother and HUNEE, this intimate party has one very distinguishing feature – it will last 24 hours. Last one out wins!
WHERE: O2 Academy, Sheffield
TELL ME MORE: After a hugely successful year of parties up and down the country, Detonate going out with a bang. Chase and Status will be joined by Holy Goof and the busy boys of Kurupt FM.
15. In The Hot House
WHERE: Patterns, Brighton
TELL ME MORE: Patterns welcome British DJ Romare, backed up by Steven Julien and Mr Bongo.
16. Party in the Cosmos
WHERE: Exeter Phoenix
TELL ME MORE: This space-themed night will feature a ‘space-age silent disco’ along with various live bands and DJs – there’s even a tribute to the great Starman himself.
17. Monta Musica NYE Special
WHERE: O2 Academy Newcastle
TELL ME MORE: The North East’s penchant for makina reaches a juicy end-of-year climax here in the company of the legendary DJ Ruboy, supported by the likes of DJ Spoonie and MC TNT.
18. Fiesta Bombarda NYE Carnival
WHERE: Invisible Wind Factory, Liverpool
TELL ME MORE: Veteran beatboxer Beardyman tops the bill on a night spread over three individually themed rooms – Subterrania, Aquaria and Nocturnia. The overall theme, though, is carnival..
19. New Years Eve w/ Ed Solo
WHERE: Antwerp Mansion, Manchester
TELL ME MORE: Set in Antwerp Mansion, join Ed Solo plus special guests for an eclectic night of all things dance.
20. TRiBE of FRoG
WHERE: The Black Swan, Bristol
TELL ME MORE: A night of psytrance, progressive and techno. They’re telling us to expect an ‘explosion of light, colour and sound’.
21. Shine x NYE x AVA – Denis Sulta
WHERE: Telegraph Building, Belfast
TELL ME MORE: Denis Sulta is joined at the Telegraph Building by DJ Seinfeld and Holly Lester. Advance tickets have sold out, but keep your eyes peeled for resales – or look out for the hard-copy ticket sale on Wednesday, December 13.
Words: Alex McSwiggan