The Fortnight Ahead: Big Country, Norman Jay, UKF Bass Culture Live, Julio Bashmore, Radio Slave and more
This week and next:
All prices are exclusive of booking fees.
The band's home-town of Dunfermline will host an exclusive Festive show for Big Country, fronted by Mike Peters and with new bassist Derek Forbes - £27.50. The lads will also play a free Hogmanay bash in Inverness on the 31st.
Newcastle's Hoochie Coochie venue will host Norman Jay's Good Times on 28th December, the award-winning DJ's only major party outside of London this Christmas. Get 'rocksteady' for just £8.
The Warehouse Project
The Warehouse Project rounds-off another jam-packed season of clubbing delights with an NYE all-nighter which features Annie Mac, James Zabiela, Simian Mobile Disco and more. The following night they host an NYD closing party featuring Jamie Jones, Seth Troxler, Maceo Plex and more. Face value tickets have sold out for the NYE event (premiums available), but there are a handful of tickets available for NYD (£45).
The Troxy in Limehouse has a spectacular dollop bash planned for NYE, featuring headliner Julio Bashmore, Jackmaster, DJ Oneman, Krystal Klear and many more. Early Birds and follow-up ticket releases have sold out already, leaving you with a limited number priced at £40
UKF Bass Culture Live
Heading-up one of the biggest NYE parties in London will be Chase and Status and DJ Fresh, as well as Foreign Beggars, Koan Sound, Shy FX, Drumsound & Bassline Smith and more. The place is Brixton, the venue is the O2 Academy and the price is £60.
Hearn Street Car Park in Shoreditch is the unlikely location for a full-on Onemore NYE techhouse night that couples Matt Edwards aka Radio Slave and German masters Tiefschwarz together for this massive night until 5am in the morning. £25 until 26th December (prices then rise!).
The band will not only be performing live at Brixton's Jamm on NYE, they'll be up for a spot of DJing and bringing the Outlaw experience to South London. More DJs and appearances are to be confirmed, the main attraction being the band themselves. Early Bird Tickets cost from £15 upwards.
If getting trollied to the sounds of bangin' club choons whilst wearing a santa hat isn't your thing, head to KOKO on NYE as they present a night of good honest indie-rock from the excellent Peace and Big Pink offshoot LULS. Tickets are a wallet-friendly £15 and the whole thing starts at 9pm.
The line-up has been announced for this year's huge bash in Birmingham with 2 Many DJs, Danny Howard and DJ Oliver Lang confirmed to appear. Tickets cost £35 (early-birds now sold out). Stay in the venue and from 7am you can do it all over again when Gatecrasher's second event kicks off for a full 24 hours
King Tut's New Year's Revolution
Thursday 3rd January will herald the start of the Glasgow venue's season of shows starting with Waiting For Go. Other artists in Jan include Blindfold, Kitty the Lion and Haight-Ashbury - most are priced under a tenner.
Bloodstock Metal 2 The Masses
By this time next year, you may well have heard of most of the bands featured during this year's search for Bloodstock heroes of tomorrow. Reading's Face Bar will host a series of battle-gigs from Sunday 6th January until 13th April - tickets cost £4.
Theatre, Comedy and Arts
Rocky Horror Show
Rocky Horror Show starring Ben Forster and Rhydian Roberts in this huge touring production of Richard O'Brien's celebrated musical which starts in Brighton on Thursday 20th Dec until 16th March in Edinburgh. After that the tour continues on to Grimsby and many more until Milton Keynes on 20th July, featuring a different cast.
Walking with Dinosaurs - The Arena Spectacular
Beginning on Boxing Day is this astounding arena spectacular promises to bring to life the most destructive dinosaurs that ever walked the Earth. London host the first two weeks, before Sheffield and more in 2013. From £29.
Camden's Roundhouse will be hosting this mind-blowing theatrical show which sold out at the same venue back in 2006. Starts on 27th December and continues up until 26th January, with tickets available for the last clutch of shows from £35.
Satire and p*ss-taking are the order of the day as Mock The Week favourite Parsons starts the first of his London-based I've got a shed warm-up shows on Thursday 3rd Jan. All but the final show in Kingston on 18th January have sold out - Kingston is just £10.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
- NYE Guide