As the end of the year draws ever closer, award season is upon us! DJ Mag are back at Egg London on Thursday 14th December and will be rolling out the red carpet for their annual Best of British awards. Nominees include Denis Sulta for Best DJ, Dense & Pika and Solardo for best duo, Mollie Collins for Best Breakthrough, Special Request for Best Producer, Printworks for Best Event Series and Junction 2 for Best Festival. Set on the night come from DJ Boring, Doorly and Seb Zito.

If school night antics aren’t your bag, how about starting the festive celebrations this Saturday – 16th Dec as legendary wildman DJ Harvey is going XXX-Mas at Ministry of Sound for the fourth and final instalment of his 2017 quarterly residency. Whilst we hope he’s back again next year nothing is for certain, so this could be the last opportunity to catch Harvey frolic in The Box for some time – and what a way to launch two-footed into Christmas!

For something completely different but seasonally spiritual, an option outside-of-the-box could be The Gyuto Monks. They’re currently touring the UK and arrive at London’s Study Society on Thu 21st Dec, with their unique Having travelled all the way from Tibet, the order of the Dalai Lama himself wish to spread kindness and compassion through harmonic chanting and Buddhist ritual. Profound experiences guaranteed. Open your mind, and your heart will follow!

On Boxing Day Solardo Sessions lands in Store Street as WHP heads into the final straight of their 2017 winter program. The boys will be on homesoil, so we’re expected pure antics! And they’re bringing along some top dollar friends. While Solardo themselves go back-to-back with Skream, there’s also appearances from waFF, Butch, Detlef & Mark Jenkyns plus a B2B from Avotre brothers Sante & Sidney Charles and Radio 1’s Monki. There’s plenty of fresh faces too: Joey Daniel, Latmun, Eli Brown & Latmun. Seriously heavyweight!

The weekend that falls between Christmas and New Year can often be a tricky one. But for drum n bass fans, this one is a no brainer: Shogun Audio are throwing a bash at Brixton hangout, Phonox. SpectraSoul, Technimatic, Ed:it and more will be spinning whilst Mantmast and Visionobi are on host duties. It’s gonna be a raucous affair not for the faint of heart. NYE is always overrated anyway! Given the option…

New Year’s Eve can be a minefield, can’t it? Stay in? Go out? But for those who fancy something a bit less “ravey” but retain some magic we recommend getting down to Tobacco Dock in Wapping where Skylight have installed an ice rink of their roof. You can see in the new year dancing under the stars as the city’s skylight is lit up by fireworks! And we’ve heard a rumour that Skylight will be sticking around on NYD for LWE annual year opener.

Or… how about getting dressed to the nines, and reliving the Roaring 20s as The Candlelight Club get their Gatsby on at a secret East London ballroom location. There will be live music from swing band The Bubbly Boys, a Charleston dance troupe, the option for a lavish four-course dinner, cabaret in the lounge, Burlesque performances and acrobatics. Proper decadent!

And if you’ve still got some fuel left in the tank, then it’d be rude not to hit LWE NYD – marking 5 giant years at Tobacco Dock. Father-daughter double-act Floorplan join Alan Fitzpatrick in the car park, while KiNK and Roman Flügel play the Little Gallery, plus a very special Maetrik Live by Maceo Plex closing the main room. Be rude not to!


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