New Years Eve parties, gigs and laughs - the best events to see-in 2011!
So, it's goodbye to Christmas for another year, the climax of cooking the goose (or the other way round if that's your tipple), wrapping the turkey and stuffing the presents and one that will be remembered as being the whitest for some time. Our New Year's events list is a different colour - it's positively red-hot with additional nights-out just added to our guide. So turn your head away from watching another TV chef advising you on what to do with leftovers (I can think of one but they might not fit), and feast your mince-pies on this lot. Don't forget to check with the venue before travelling, just in case that icy white stuff falls again
Our guide offers you a few choices, ranging from comedy, dancing and even burlesque, as well as the traditional hands-to-the-lasers euphoria in your local nightclub - we have split the club nights into London and Regional for your convenience and our article will be updated as soon as new nights are announced.
Click on the images/ links below for details and tickets.
DJ and Club Nights - London
Literally getting to the heart of the Matter for NYE will be ex-Happy Mondays/Black Grape/Jungle-dwelling Shaun Ryder - he is set to appear as part of the relaunch of London O2 superclub, Matter at the O2. Billed as Cirque & Proud@Matter and also starring DJ Yoda, Justin Robertson plus very special guests, this NYE party heralds the start of a season of weekend club-nights due to be held at the venue during the early part of 2011. The theme for this night is circus-burlesque with fire-breathers, trapeze artists and snake-charming models, plus a 6am curfew! £30 admittance. [tickets now sold-out - Ed]
Mark Ronson - DJ Set
Despite looking like Jedward's third brother at the moment, the man Ronson is one of the key-names performing DJ-duties on New Years Eve this year, playing two gigs on the same night with one in Manchester (Warehouse Project - also starring Annie Mac) and one in Brixton (O2 Academy). The latter will also feature Annie Mac, as well as Lock 'n' Load, Hervé and DJ Zinc, as part of a Together [club] NYE Party (you'd normally find them at the Coronet in Elephant and Castle). £25 admittance - curfew at 6am [face value tickets now sold-out - Ed].
This is a night that looks like an immediate sell-out, ticket-wise - Nic Fanciulli will keep the evening pumping at Dex in Brixton Road, with another collaboration between the venue and Saved Records. For an admittance fee of just £15 (£10 early-bird tickets now sold-out), the man also known as Skylark will govern the decks at some point during the evening with Alex Tepper (Futureshock), Lazy Funkerz and many more to be announced.
You can bet your bottom-dollar that two DJ's are better than one - so how about four of them on NYE? Hot Chip's Joe Goddard and Foals' Edwin Congreave will head up proceedings at the Pony in Hoxton, one of two big NYE nights in the area (scroll down for more Hoxton goodness) which will also feature Roy Rovelli and Sam Young, all until 6am. Tickets are £25 and more acts are due to be announced [face value tickets now sold-out - Ed].
Staying with East London and the Shoreditch Village Underground proudly presents a spot of Carpet Burn disco-madness starring the man at the helm of the disco S Express, Mark Moore plus supporting DJs from Disco Bloodbath and Macho City's Dan Beaumont (ex-Hacienda DJ, I seem to remember). Throw your hands in the air to the sounds of 80s/90s disco-house and Italo classics. Jonny Woo will be 'the hostess with the mostest' and all for £10-£15.
The legend of disco and funk returns to the capital for a bit of Tonker NYE (now sold-out), as well as a double date at the Jazz Cafe in Camden on 30th and 31st. On New Year's Eve, his Sunburst Band take to the stage first, with a Joey Negro DJ set taking you into the new year. Tickets cost £40 for the NYE date - £15 for the after-party taking you into the wee small hours from 1am [Joey Negro's Tonker NYE in Vauxhall has now sold-out - Ed].
If you're heading to South London for New Year's Eve, check out a huge night of rolling breakbeats and drum 'n' bass with the legends, DJ Hype and Grooverider at Vauxhall's Fire club. Billed as Innovation:United As One, a whole raft of big names from 'back in the day' and today should pack the house and rock the house. £30 for tickets.
Ewer Street Car Park will host yet another top-notch night, this time in the form of Moondance NYE, featuring full-on jungle, hardcore and happy hardcore, featuring Micky Finn, Loose Cannons, DJ Hazard, a live set from Elisabeth Troy and many more. Watch yer bass-bins London - tickets cost £25 and the whole thing starts at 9pm.
How's this for a bit of NYE from the NME? You get DJ sets from Jeff Automatic and Ed Wilder, live sets from Fiction and Joe and Will Ask?. Oh and did we mention, ahem, British Sea Power? Oh yes, we just did - tickets for the night (which starts at 9am) cost £32 - expect tickets to fly out for this.
It looks like Norman Jay is going to be flitting between two parties, just like Mark Ronson although Jay has opted to stick with the same city at least. The departure of 2010 Good Times-style takes place in Clapham (known as the South Party) and Islington (known as the North Party) - it's a shame he didn't go for the other two points on the compass but two is better than none. Both will cost £35 (£30 each for groups of 5-6), both features Gilles Peterson in support, Clapham also stars house-legend Terry Farley, Islington features Ladybugz and both end at around 6am.
Kele Le Roc
Croydon is going way back to the heady days of the 'old skool' - not hip-hop, not rave, not prog-house but garage/speed-garage and UK-garage and the days of MJ Cole, The Artful Dodger, Shanks & Bigfoot, Industry Standard, Todd Edwards etc. The Loop Lounge will present a NYE party under the banner Dirty Disclosure, featuring a live PA from Kele Le Roc, the garage/soul legend who gave us "My Love" and "Things We Do" and the maestro of re-rewind Scott Garcia ("It's A London Thing") on the decks plus support. Tickets are just £8.
The names Bond, James Bond and the world-famous Pacha franchise will be hosting a full-on New Year's Eve night dedicated to the famous sleuth-smoothie. The idea is you can turn up in outrageous Bond-styled costumes, or just turn up in debonair threads - either way, boy or girl, it'll be a laugh ordering a vodka-martini with THAT accent. Are you daring enough to go as Ursula Andress? Thumper? Blofield? Not sure about the admittance of sinister white cats though. Tickets cost £35 plus fees. "No Mr Bond, I expect you to dance!". [now almost sold-out - last few premium tickets (£70) remaining - Ed]
The Bond Ball NYE
You can't beat a bit of Bond action and the Kensington House Hotel is also holding a NYE party with the same idea as Pacha, at this exclusive hotel in West London. Billed as a 'Secret Spy Soiree', this events heralds the return of The Bond Ball concept after a year's hiatus and will see Femi B, Soul Purpose, Sam Young and a secret live PA at midnight. There is also a spa and, get this, a 2pm curfew next day! Prices start at £45.
Club De Fromage
This night is a double-header party guilt-off at Islington's Academy, starring cheesy anthems across all decades from Club de Fromage or doom-laden, minor-key miserablism courtesy of Feeling Gloomy - a whole night of songs you know you either should hate (but secretly love) and songs you love (that fill you with hate and despair). I wonder what they'll play at midnight - perhaps a mash-up of Morrissey meets Blondie ('Everyday Is Like Sunday Girl', that type of thing). £20 for this 'Cheese vs Misery NYE Slapdown!
Hot Chip - DJ Set
There are several members of Hot Chip to choose from, in fact there are five members of Foals to opt in for as well and one or two of each will be spinning the discs/MP3s at the Hoxton Pony, well certainly Joe Goddard and Edwin Congreave anyway. It'll be rammed nonetheless and with other DJs on the bill, £20 seems a bargain.
Set in London's East Village is this no-nonsense night, now in its seventh year. The line-up this year is a bit special - Jazzie B (Soul II Soul) and Ashley Beedle should have you hovering the cursor over the image right now, but there is also an appearance by down-beat Ninja Tune warrior DJ Vadim to consider as well. Early Bird tickets are on sale for a very limited period at just £15 a pop (rising to £20 when they sell through). Curfew at 5am.
NYE @ Egg - Kings Cross - White and Gold Ball
The popular Egg - Kings Cross venue hosts a Rio-themed evening (presumably not Duran Duran) whereby party-goers can dress to the nines in white and celebrate New Year in a nightclub togged up with carnival colours and atmosphere. £25 - curfew doesn't seem to end either, there's an after-party until 2pm on New Year's Day - get in!
DJ and Club Nights - Regional
Please see the entry above for details of Ronson's Manchester appearance.
Pendulum - DJ Set
London isn't the only destination for cracking club-nights on New Year's Eve - Edinburgh and Glasgow both share a Pendulum DJ set along with a Kissy Sell Out set at the Arches in Glasgow and the City Nightclub in Edinburgh. Pendulum's DJ sets are an eclectic blend of heavy beats and bone-shaking bass. Tickets cost £22.50 for Glasgow and £25 for Edinburgh (£22.50 for NUS), with the option for VIP tickets for the Edinburgh date.
If the hedonism and casual abandon of Brighton grabs you by the Christmas proverbial, head down to Komedia - Brighton for a night of really guilty Guilty Pleasures. With an array of poptastic DJs playing all your favourite cheesy moments, a dance troupe and a live band, the final countdown never looked, or sounded, so resplendent. Tickets are £15.
The Manchester venue FAC251 - The Factory - Manchester has survived its first year in business (well, give or take a few weeks) and this is their first NYE party, featuring an array of DJ guests and oodles of cross-decade classics from the annals of rock and roll, Brit pop, house and dance classics and funk, soul and Motown across 3 floors. Pyrotechnics will turn up the heat and tickets cost a tenner! Having a Fac-ing good NY [face value tickets now sold-out - Ed].
Bournemouth joins the NYE elite with a huge breakbeat and drum 'n' bass night at the O2 Academy. Other big names aside from Xample include DJ Hype, DJ Fabio and Sigma and tickets are on sale now for just £20.
Birmingham's Q Club hosts a night of house and techno legends on New Year's Eve, including Derrick Carter and Nic Fanciulli as well as Audio Bullys and Jon Rundell. For £25 you get two arenas of pumping beats and a full party atmosphere. Tickets are still available.
Venetian Masquerade Ball NYE Party
Billed as THE upmarket New Year's Eve night out at the 411 Bar and Nightclub - Cardiff in Cardiff, the opportunity to relive the days of posh Italian masked-balls might be too good to miss, especially with the chance to win a bottle of champers for the best mask on the night. Tickets cost £25 and will get you canapés and top DJs playing a varied selection of music all night 'til 6am.
The Doctor's Orders
Brighton's Jam hosts this break-packed night called Doctor's Orders starring DJ Vadim (presumably after his London East Village set earlier in the evening), 2007 DMC Champion JFB and the real pull of the night, Brighton's very own DJ Format. Creator of some half-dozen party-blasters himself, you can bet that good-time hip-hop and urban-beats will feature prominently on the night. £15 - curfew 5am.
Scottish Hogmanay Events
Edinburgh will be hosting its own impressive torch-light procession, as well as a series of live appearances as part of the family-friendly Hogmanay celebrations. You can view a range of official Edinburgh Hogmanay events by clicking the image to the right.
So, the annual Edinburgh Hogmanay grows bigger by the year, with an impressive line-up of rock and pop luminaries such as Biffy Clyro with The Charlatans and Billy Bragg appearing together at West Princes Street Gardens. Tickets for Biffy are £35. KT Tunstall is also appearing as part of the Resolution Concert, starring herself and King Creosote amongst others for an evening of quality songwriter sets - £11 for tickets. A second concert featuring The Coral and Kaiser Chiefs will also take place in Princes Street on the same night.
As well as The Charlatans' frontman Tim Burgess performing a DJ set with Adam Ficek at the Liquid Rooms for a spot of aftershow action (£15 for tickets), there is some full on clubbing action planned for the HMV Picture House from 10pm on NYE with a full live show from tech-house star Booka Shade. With support from local DJs, this official Hogmanay after-party, hosted by Musika, will take you right into the New Year with a provisional finish planned for 5am. Tickets for the whole night cost £28.50.
Numerous venues will be hosting an array of Hogmanay parties on New Year's Eve, including the Alea Casino (Isobar Hogmanay Party - £20), the Classic Grand (Club Noir, two burlesque shows - £20), the O2 Abc (Propaganda [club night] vs LoveMusic club night - £10) and some live band action at the Captain's Rest (£7 admission).
Check below for further regional events.
Mrs Barbara Nice
Coming on like a scary Mrs Merton, Victoria Wood and Hyacinth Bucket amalgamation is Barbara (as in Streisand) Nice (as in the biscuit/French city). She will be hosting the NYE party at the Birmingham Kitchen Garden Cafe, doing one of her funny turns as well as introducing some music, comedy, dancing and, of course, a pile of tapas style nibbles served to your table. Tickets are £30 and in limited supply!
Much of Chuckle Club's new comedy-evenings will be taking place at the Gopher Hole in Old Street, but the exception is this laughter-packed comedy show and dinner at its previous home, The Albany in Great Portland Street. For £30 admission you can witness Patrick Monahan, Simon Munnery and many more (including your host Eugene Cheese), enjoy a meal and music until 2am.
Hampstead Comedy Club
Billed as the 'No Rip-Off NYE', the Hampstead branch of convulsive laughter has its own evening of comedians, compered ably by Ivor Dembina. The acts include the Aussie stand-up Trevor Crook and young sharp-shootin' kid on the block, Robert White. Tickets are a reasonable £15 (which is like 5 pence in North London!).
The Cricketer's Pub in Kingston-on-Thames will host a huge NYE comedy night in association with Laughing Horse, featuring several top-class comedians including deaf comic Steve Day, Antipodean Andrew Roper and Nik Coppin amongst others, plus a buffet and a bar open til 2am. £20-£35.
Laughing Horse Comedy Club
Just up the Thames is The Richmond branch of the Laughing Horse chain and their NYE celebrations also star Nik Coppin, as well as Matt Price and Kevin McCarron with all the usual extras like bar and buffet and even more comedians. £20-£35.
Billed as 'a complete evening under one roof' is club Storm's comedy show which features a full buffet to tuck into, an evening of top comedians (to be announced) followed by dancing til almost dawn and all for the princely all-inclusive sum of £49.50. Highly-rated by the Metro and Time Out, the ticket-price includes a late-bar/nightclub admission.
Big Night Out - Covent Garden
Hosted by the Kingsway Hall Hotel, this is a similar format set-up to 99 Club and includes a top-class food, comedy and dancing menu, right into 2011. Dinner, show and nightclub costs £69.99, but there are other pricing option should you wish to skip food. Comedians include Jim Tavare and Eddy Brimson plus MC and more to be announced.
Two parties are on offer from the successful comedy-night that is, Comedy Carnival. Both the Leicester Square Sound venue and the Clapham-based Grand have a lovely pair to tempt you with. Tickets are £25 - line-ups are still to be announced.
Other NYE Events
If it's something a little more sedate and traditional you're after, Camden's Cecil Sharp House offers you a night of formation dancing Ceilidh-style, driven by the wonderfully-named Hosepipe Band. Hosted by Ceilidh-expert Rob Sibthorpe, the evening is non-stop dancing with plenty of traditional refreshments on offer, all for £16. Ends at 1am.
Ace of Spades vs Queen of Hearts
The Hoxton Square Bar and Kitchen - Shoreditch - Shoreditch is hosting what sounds like one of the more bizarre NYE parties, with a choice of either the 'Ace of Spades' casino and gambling den or the 'Queen of Hearts' tea-party, karaoke and music from the Dollyrockers. Add in a variety of weird and wacky drinks, plus a ticket price of £30, and you have a unique night that mixes David Lynch and Baz Luhrman.
West London's Bush Hall will host a 'VIP Burlesque Bash' under the immorally eloquent guidance of Chaz Royal, featuring the very best in tasteful strip-tease and variety entertainment. Early Bird tickets are available for £30 (rising to £50) and the show ends at 3am. Full performance details will appear here as and when they are confirmed.
The Medieval Banquet [London]
For something completely different, how about filling your face for a few hours in the shadow of the Tower of London? For £110 you get a five-course food banquet, unlimited ale and wine during your meal, midnight champers, dancing and, it says here, 'medieval revelry'. The evening ends after midnight and takes place near St Katherine's Dock.
And there's more!
We haven't even scratched the surface, here - for our complete New Year's listings, click here: www.allgigs.co.uk/search/gigs/term/nye/