2020 is almost upon us.
And that means it’s time to pick your New Year’s Eve or NYD celebration. Sure, you can stay in but why sit on the couch watching fireworks when you can tell your friends on the dancefloor how much you appreciate them. Picture this: it’ll be against a dark backdrop soundtracked by bangers. 2019’s been confusing, and a general election looms closer, but in spite of the UK’s political turbulence the dancefloor continues to thrive as a means of expression.
So, where to go? Which clubs to attend? We’ve made the job easier for you by compiling a list of standout line-ups – ones that are, actually, guaranteed to make for an unforgettable night. Whatever you may feel about the past 12 months, be sure to see it out in style. Shazams at the ready now. Here’s to a new decade.
When E1 first launched in 2017, it opened with a 27-hour party. A massive moment, especially when considering the capital city’s crackdown on UK club culture. It’s certainly acted as an indicator of the venue’s focus on top-quality nights since its inception. Having continuously booked some of the underground scene’s top tier selectors, for its NYE party the club teams up with Percolate to host another not-to-be-missed event. Expect wide-roaming and highly energetic sets from the likes of Midland and Debonair, disco from Hunee, and hands-in-the-air old-school rave euphoria from Eris Drew. Marry that with techno stompers from Willow, and selections from the revered Joy Orbison. And that doesn’t cover the full line-up either; rising star Gigi FM will be heading up the decks, along with Krywald & Farrer, Bicep collaborator Hammer and Tosh Ohta. Phew – a stacked line-up, to say the very least.
Manchester is home to one of the most diverse and enthusiastic dance music communities in the UK right now, and nobody symbolises this better than Finn. Young, passionate, energetic and hardworking, he has earned a reputation as scene lynchpin through constant hard work and graft. It’s no surprise, then, that Manchester institution Soup Kitchen has invited him to curate their NYE party, which will see him go back-to-back with fellow locals Anz and India Jordan. A special guest b2b tops off the line-up. Safe to say it’ll be worth turning up for.
The Cause is very much a success story of the UK capital. Originally launched as a temporary club with the aim of raising £25,000 for mental health charities, it’s more than doubled its fundraising goal. As a result, its one-year lease was initially extended to 1 January 2020, and last month it announced that Haringey Council had granted the Tottenham space a license extension, allowing it to also stay open later, up until 6am on weekends. For NYE, the club will double up its space with two venues and travel has been sorted with all night long shuttle buses. The line-up is kept a secret, but surely, the success of the venue itself is, well, cause for celebration (sorry). It runs until 8am too.
Adored queer party Homoelectric has been operating out of Manchester for over a decade, but this year felt like a banner year for the promoters. Their newly minted festival-scale event HomoBloc was a clear highlight of the 2019 Warehouse Project programme – and now they cap off their year with a NYE party that brings together the very best of Manchester and Leeds’ queer club scenes. Michael Upson from Leeds institution Love Muscle is set to be a sure highlight.
Brighton’s best basement hosts two of the most-loved DJs in the country for a New Year’s Eve party that’s bound to be worth braving the icy winds of the seaside. Expect high energy, some silliness and non-stop bangers as Edinburgh’s finest selector and Peter O’Grady himself take you into the next decade. Will Joy O drop Hyph Mngo at midnight, fulfilling the party dreams of millions? Probably not! But you should be there anyway, just in case.
Longstanding Leeds institution Subdub teams up with Jungle Jam for a New Years party dedicated to eye-trembling bassweight. Local legends Iration Steppas top the bill, but it’ll be well worth sticking around for Total Science’s 1994 Jungle special too.
If you really want to make the most of your New Year’s you’d be hard-pressed to find more bangers for your buck than at Bristol’s Lakota, where the likes of Palms Trax, Young Marco and DJ Boring will be taking to the decks for a 20-hour party. One for the truly dedicated ravers, lovers of slow-building sets and fans of sun’s-up-and-so-are-we euphoria.
The revered Manchester institution has gained a reputation for booking line-ups that ravers’ dreams are made of. Its New Year’s party is no different. Former Crack Magazine cover star Helena Hauff is set to storm the space with her dark blend of post-punk, acid techno and EBM. Pair this with Chicago house jams from Eris Drew, dancefloor euphoria from Octo Octa, the best of UK techno from Peach, heaters from Joy Orbison, and much more.
If you’re still alive and kicking on New Years Day, the likelihood is you’re going to need something hard and driving to keep you dancing. Enter Blawan – the undisputed king of all things hard and driving. Catch him in Edinburgh headlining Pulse’s multi-venue hard techno marathon alongside SNTS, Dax J and Stephanie Sykes.