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NYE: it would be madness to stay at home!

Featuring cabaret, indie, hip-hop, R&B, 80s, 90s and noughties - and Britney and Beyonce - our essential guide to welcoming in the new year in style

27 December, 2018 — By Róisín Gadelrab

WE know how difficult it is to decide what to do on NYE, so we’re making it harder by giving you waaaay too many choices to decide between. There are also all manner of gigs in the days between Christmas and 2019 so we’ve included some of those too. So, if you haven’t decided to stay in and watch Madness and The Kingdom Choir ringing in the New Year on BBC One, then have a look at our list – and good luck co-ordinating your friends …


• Cult Soul figure Leroy Hutson performs his hits at the Jazz Cafe, 7pm, £30-£38.

• Later that night, from 10.30pm to 3am, the Jazz Cafe turns up the temperature for a Christmas special down the smoky streets of Havana with club night Noches Cubanas. London’s best Cuban selector, DJ Javier La Máquina De Cuba’s energetic sets cover the whole range of Cuban music, from traditional and hip-hop to salsa and soukous.

• Stan Webb’s Chicken Shack have been at the heart of British blues since the 1960s. See them at the 100 Club, 7.30pm, £15 adv/£20 door.

• If you haven’t got a ticket for The Correspondents at The Old Queen’s Head, you’re too late. The eclectic duo play genre-bending sets taking in swing, jazz, electro and disco in their high-energy sets.


• Celebrated New York DJ John Morales joins resident DJ Harri Pepper at the Jazz Cafe’s Soul City club night, playing soul disco, house and more.

• The Egg takes things to the edge with Berlin Berlin, bringing an exclusive showcase from Gegen, Bordel Des Arts, Homostash, Monster Queen, Kuntskammer, Luther Vine and many more… After their debut at Berlin Berlin Halloween edition, the utopian club night where techno meets whips and chains, Gegen returns to take over the Middle Floor with Xik, Ira and Mar/us once again. The Basement will be hosted by hedonistic, bizarre and sophisticated Bordel des Arts, a platform for underground artists, which has its own laws and regulations. Every month, artists from different disciplines are invited to show their work, while Homostash take over the Loft with Tafkanik.

• Always time for a little bit of garage with DJ Luck & MC Neat at Camden Assembly.

• Chosen specifically for their name, Italy’s Rubbish OasisTributeBand are said to play Oasis to perfection. They play The Dublin Castle with support from Sabatta (7.15pm).


• NYE Ska Party, The Water Rats, £15-£20, 8pm-1am. The DekkerTones, Potato5 Horns and DJ Dr Ska for a night of ska, 2Tone, Trojan, rocksteady and reggae.

• New Year’s Eve at Jazz Cafe, £15-£60, 9pm-4am. A mix of buzzing live acts in the form of Penya and Niji Adeleye Trio alongside party DJ Red Greg, all of whom will keep the dance floor fired up through to the early hours.

• Ultimate Power NYE, Electric Ballroom, from £18.50, 9pm. Bring your hairbrush, pack your air guitar and prepare to sing along to power ballads all night long.

• New Year’s Eve in Camden Market – Killer Queens, Cabaret, Clubbing and a Brazilian Carnival. Camden Market alone will be on fire with the many parties to be found at Gabeto, Dingwalls, Shaka Zulu and Fest Camden. Cuban bar and restaurant Gabeto’s Carnaval Do Brazil evokes Latin vibes with Brazilian Carnival colours, samba rhythms, pinatas, live drummers and a three-course dinner, with DJs playing samba, frevo, Latin beats and reggaeton. Then Dingwalls’ Killer Queen New Year’s Eve will celebrate mega-band Queen with tribute act Supreme Queen. Over at Fest Camden find DJs from Glitterbox and Mi Soul mixing up house, disco, pop classics, soulful sounds and hip-hop and R&B. Next to three rooms of music, there will be live percussion, face-painting and glitter, and explosive confetti cannons as well as a Winter Chalet terrace. Over at Fest’s cabaret spot, The Birdcage it will be a risqué night of fun and frolics for a spectacular New Year’s Eve Cabaret Extravaganza. Finally, Shaka Zulu’s Black Magic NYE party will have house, funky R&B, club classics and old-school beats mixed in with party anthems. Expect live voodoo dance performances, themed acts and routines.

• Propaganda NYE, The Garage, from £15 adv, 9pm-4am. The ultimate time-travel disco – dress from your favourite decade from the 1950s onwards. Promises of a huge NYE production and incredible performers TBA.

• NYE Party at Weirdsville, The Fiddler’s Elbow, £25, 8pm-3am. Live sets from wild rhythm and blues band Les Grys-Grys from Montpellier, whose reputation precedes them, Black Santa and his Swingin’ Nutsacks, Lapland’s most sensational Rhythm’n’Booze-Punk band, The Action Men, London’s premier all-male dance troupe and Go! Go! Girls with Miss Tina Marina A Go Go & Miss Tangerine Tassels A Go Go plus DJs Mr A & Miss A (Weirdsville/Hipsville A Go Go), Neil Sick (STAY SICK), Matt & Denepa (BORN to be CHEAP), Eric Baconstrip (King Salami and the Cumberland 3) spinnin’ party tunes till 3am.

• Club de Fromage New Year’s Eve Extravaganza!, The Forum, £23.75-£35, 9pm-4am. Join Slow Alfie and his crack team of disco dollies for the finest pop, indie, disco, rock and old-skool hip-hop known to man (and woman), huge indoor pyrotechnic display, stadium-sized confetti cannons, balloon drop, singalongs, glo-sticks, giant balloons, giant screens, competitions and the usual tomfoolery of the infamous Fromage stage show – a super silly NYE with massive tunes.

• A Crazy Crazy NYE, The Black Heart, £10 adv both floors, £5 adv downstairs, 7pm-2am. Hotter Than Hell Kiss Tribute with special guests Electric Funeral (Black Sabbath Tribute) plus Live Evil DJs spinning rock, metal and disco all night long.

• Egg LDN NYE, Egg, £15-£120, 9pm-10am. Special guest techno superstar Charlotte de Witte (above) joins Luigi Madonna, Regal, Tobi Neumann, Manu Gonzalez and many more.

• It’s Britney Bitch! NYE party, The Monarch, £10, 8pm-4am. Dedicated to the Queen of pop… Britney Spears, Dirty Pop DJs play pop bangers spliced in with all of Brit’s hits in a venue dressed as a Las Vegas Ballroom. Dress as your favourite Britney, Join the dance-offs, order your entourage into the photo booth and wait for the confetti fall at the midnight explosion.

• NYE at Spiritland, 8pm-2am, £100. Cocktails on arrival, a three-course NYE dinner, fizz at midnight and dancing until 2am. Music from two DJs who made waves in our world this year, Norsicaa (Soundway Records) and Kyri (R2 Records). Book for either the full meal from 8pm or just the party from 11pm.

• Tilted – The Indie Time Machine – New Year’s Eve, Borderline, £10-£15, 9pm-4am. Three decades of indie rock’n’roll, from the late 80s to the present day. Resident DJs GRL TLK will spin tunes from the 80s and early 90s from 9pm, then all the way up to the present day, finishing with a huge mega-hits set at the end of the night… plus, at midnight, a return to celebrating the millennium and partying like it’s 1999. Fancy dress encouraged, come as your favourite indie rock star from the last 30 years, or dig an old outfit from the golden era of the trilby & cravat or the glory years of high-tops & shutter shades.

• NYE Guilty Pleasures, Koko, from £18.50, 9pm-4am. Guilty Pleasures will open the doors to 1,500 revellers for the UK’s biggest pop night and a midnight performance from Aaron Carty’s The Beyonce Experience (above). Expect energetic DJs, cabaret and more.

• CAMDEN Rocks Club New Year’s Eve Bonanza ft Ratboy DJ set. Underworld, £20 adv, 9pm-4am.

• NYE Mardi Gras Masquerade, The Blues Kitchen, Camden, 6pm-. Two live shows from the BK’s house band filled with so much soul plus DJs playing the best vintage dance tunes from Aretha Franklin and Stevie Wonder to Fleetwood Mac & The Rolling Stones. Immerse yourself in the glory, theatrics and extravagance of the Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball with full venue decor, masks on entry and a whole lot of confetti.

• Holler Back 90s New Year’s Eve House Party, Islington Academy, £16.90-£22.50, 10pm. Hosted by some of London’s best party DJs including Martin2Smoove, Orange Soda and a special BBC Radio Guest, expect a night of throwback hits covering all genres of music – two rooms of fun-filled music, 90s Visuals, free 90s sweets and giveaways, inflatables, 90s retro dancers and more.

• Crush: NYE Special, Camden Assembly, £10, 8pm-3am. Celebrating the latest and greatest hip-hop from 2018 and beyond with a Crush NYE special – two floors of bumping party anthems. NOTE – purchasing a ticket does not guarantee entry, get down before midnight to be sure.

• White Heat NYE Party, The Lexington, £15, 9pm. Taking over both floors of the Lexington, expect the best indie, new wave, post-punk, leftfield-pop and some NYE-worthy party starters to usher in 2019.

• Be Free Meets House Passion (10 Hour Special), Scala. Be Free & House Passion collaborate for the first time with the ultimate 10-hour NYE special and a hand-picked stellar line-up to combine all the classics and contemporary flavours of house music.

• How Does It Feel To Be Loved NYE Party, Nambucca, £10, 9pm-5am. Playing classic soul, pop and indie into the early hours.

• NYE at The Social, £15, 8pm-4am. Live music from post-punk party kings Duds + Madonnatron + The Rebel (aka Ben Wallers) and DJ sets from Lic, Token Girl and Heavenly Jukebox.

• I love the 80s v 90s NYE party, Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes, from £10, 9pm-3am. Room 1 – I love the 80s vs 90s, Room 2 – I love the 00s to now plus karaoke rooms, photo booth, bowling, massive pizzas, NYE countdown with confetti cannons.

• Pour It Up: NYE Special, The Old Queen’s Head, £20, 8pm-4am. DJs playing a mix of hip-hop, R&B, house, disco and party jams, two dance floors, food and free shots for the first 100 of you early birds.


• BuggedOut! NYD All Dayer, The Old Queen’s Head, £10 after 2pm, £5 after 9pm, 12pm-1am. Karl Alon + Kiwi + Lemmy Ashton + Sophie Lloyd + Raw Silk + Ben Pistor + Graeme Newlands + 80s lunchbox orchestra + Johnno. Bugged Out returns to play from the New Year’s Day songsheet of disco, pop, Balearic, yacht rock and vintage rave-up.

• A Night of Amy, Jazz Cafe. Join A Night Of for an evening of classic songs from the late Amy Winehouse’s Frank and Back To Black albums performed with a full live band.

• Barrelhouse Blues – James Riley, Blues Kitchen, 9.45pm. BBQ & upbeat blues & soul. James Riley brings his unique twist of upbeat folk and soul to start the new year.

JANUARY 2 and 3

• ALEXANDER O’Neal. Jazz Cafe (Camden Town tube), 7pm, £35-£45


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