As the most hyped night of the year, making plans for New Year’s Eve can be pretty overwhelming.
Sometimes, picking apart screeds of club listings to find the true gems can be nigh-on impossible, especially with each promoter promising you the best night ever. Other times, when the big hitters turn up in force across multiple venues, you can be left frozen with indecision, unsure of where’s best to place your bet. New Year’s Day is no better, with hordes of venues hosting day-party extravaganzas to give you something to do other than nurse the morning hangover.
For those of you hoping to outsource the decision – and dial back the NYE pressure a bit – you might be in luck! We have done the heavy lifting for you, trawling through a vast selection of what’s on offer to bring you a concise list of events across the UK. Whether you live in London, Leicester or Lanark, we’ve rounded up a list of the festive line-ups which will (actually) make for an unforgettable night.
On the first anniversary of E1’s opening NYE bash, the Wapping venue extend its 7am licence for the final club night of 2018. The party, hosted by London promoter Percolate, stretches over a total of twelve hours and boasts an impeccable line-up of headliners; Floating Points will bring his precise touch and cache of jazz, soul, house and bass music to bear, while fellow British producer Leon Vynehall will bring his strain of deep house. Elsewhere, Dan Snaith will be assuming his club-focused Daphni guise. Joining the top-billed names is an equally impressive supporting cast: NTS regular and Lucky Me affiliate Eclair Fifi, Midland protégé Peach, and eclectic tastemaker iona.
Scottish licensing laws are notoriously draconian, meaning that it’s rare to see an event go on past 3am. Whilst this may change in future, Glasgow party-goers have had to learn how to condense their club experience; even on New Year’s. To give them a helping hand, one of Glasgow’s few (legal) warehouse venues, SWG3, has drafted in house and disco aficionado the Black Madonna. Sharing top-billing are Glasgow natives and DJ duo Twitch and Jonnie Wilkes, better known as genre-blind party-starters Optimo, whose iconic party Optimo (Espacio) had a definitive role in shaping the city’s nightlife culture.
After a momentous 2018 season, which saw in 35 shows across 13 weeks, In:Motion is teaming up with The Blast to usher in the New Year. Based in Motion’s primary warehouse space, the event brings together the best of house and garage, as well as some familiar faces on the Bristol party circuit. We’re particularly hyped to catch Bristol’s Redlight, garage pioneer Todd Edwards and Rinse FM regular Madame X. In the Marble Factory, D’n’B duo Sub Focus spearhead a night of b2bs from the likes of TC and ANNIX, Kenny Ken and Potential Badboy, and TS2W and Jaydrop.
Fabric offers an impeccable line-up for their New Year’s bash, with a crew of esteemed DJs across two rooms. Former Fabric resident and Crack Magazine favourite Daniel Avery leads the bill in Room 2, ringing in the new year with propulsive techno and, no doubt, a few left-turns. Jay Clarke and Copenhagen’s Anastasia Kristensen offer support, as well as the Farringdon debut from Siren collective’s re:ni. In Room 1, Hot Creations’ Patrick Topping brings his distinctive brand of floor-filling house, with wAFF, alongside rising stars Acid Mondays and Alex Virgo, warming the decks before his headlining set.
This New Year’s Eve, tastemaker DJ and record label owner Gilles Peterson brings his worldwide brand of house, disco and jazz to Brighton’s Concorde 2. Revellers in the 600 capacity venue will enjoy eclectic selections from musical cultures across the world, drawn from Peterson’s legendary 50,000 strong record collection. His two-hour set spans from 11pm to 1am, covering the crucial build up to midnight and giving you the opportunity to celebrate the arrival of 2019 with a true musical icon.
To celebrate the first day of 2019, Motion hosts a feel-good day-time party of disco, house and techno. A marathon 12-hour event running from 2pm to 2am across four rooms, it’s a jubilant start to the new year and the perfect way to send off the festive season. Celebrated LGBTQ+ party Bitch, Please! will be appearing in the main room, with the Marble Factory hosting some of the biggest names on the club circuit. This thrilling line-up includes renowned Chicago selector The Black Madonna, alongside sets from Hunee, Palms Trax, Call Super, Jayda G and more. Worth saving yourself for.
This New Year’s Eve will see Andrew Weatherall & Sean Johnston, aka A Love from Outer Space, serve up a sublime slice of mid-tempo sounds at Liverpool bar and live music location The Merchant. The intimate venue is the perfect setting for the two rave veterans’ offbeat sonic explorations, and is the perfect antidote to the excess of the festive season. Having held down residencies at Bloc and Glasgow’s The Art School, as well as popping up at some of the world’s finest late-night venues, your New Year’s Eve will be in safe hands with this expert duo.
The North’s finest comes to Manchester’s Soup Kitchen under the tutelage of the city’s finest high-BPM DJ, Finn. Breaking onto the scene in 2015, he’s since released a roster of club-ready singles and formed 2 B Real, his own label. This New Year’s Eve, he curates a night showcasing the best club talent the North West has to offer, with sets from Conor Thomas, Anz.,Tom Boogizm and India Jordan. Traversing genres ranging across grime, jungle, R&B and UK garage, these selectors are poised to wave off 2018 with a high-energy night of beats and basslines.
Manchester institution The Warehouse Project heralds in a new year and bids farewell their iconic Store Street venue with a monumental daytime party featuring some of the world’s best selectors. Amongst the stand-out acts is Bristol’s Shanti Celeste, an expert in four-to-the-floor with a relentless international touring schedule and monthly NTS slot. Joining her in the top ranks is Berlin’s Objekt, whose rigorously detailed, meticulously mixed sets make him a must-see. These two will be joined by true club virtuosos like The Black Madonna, Hunee, Daphni, Gilles Peterson, Artwork and more.
Tottenham’s finest will usher in 2019 at Leicester’s Club Republic. The mega-club in the Midlands is hosting a night from UK garage connoisseur DJ EZ, and it’s sure to be their biggest one of 2018. Among the industry’s most creative mixers, his sets are marked by a powerful combination of technical prowess, sharp instincts, and easy charisma. Spinning tracks from the tender age of 13, he’s got decades of experience to ensure that your NYE will be one to remember.