Wait… now breathe. We’re sure you’ve been spending your time rushing around, frantically trying to get Christmas sorted. But now is the time to stick the kettle on, put your feet up and take a breather. Are you seated comfortably? If Christmas has been typically disorganised, use this five minutes of me time to look a week ahead. As soon as Christmas is done, New Year’s Eve is ready and waiting. So, if you’re still yet to finalise your plans, let us help you tick one less thing off your to-do list. To make things easier, we’ve compiled a handy top five.
1. MK presents Area 10 NYE at O2 Academy Brixton
Number one choice is a bit of a no brainer if you’re all about the spectacle! And - let’s face it - if any night of the year deserves a bit of dazzle, then it’s got to be NYE. American dance icon MK takes over legendary music hall O2 Academy Brixton for a party of grand proportions. Arguably the biggest name in house music, MK is inviting lots of A-list mates to join him for the occasion. Disciples are his huge co-headliners, with further support coming from the likes of Leftwing & Kody and KC Lights. Who knows, there might even be some surprises in store? Either way, the glitz of the venue, the majesty of the date and the celebrity of the host are a frankly unrivalled combination.
2. WHP: NYE/NYD
Number two on our list demands travel and an overnight stay if you happen to be London/south-based, but should definitely be top of your list if you happen to live in the North West or surrounding area. WHP are rounding off an incredible first season of events at their brand new Mayfield Depot venue. Since launching in September, the 10,000 capacity former train warehouse has caught the imagination of Manchester’s clubbing community. Complains of overcrowding at the promoter’s previous venue are now a thing of the past. And the space itself - wow! - it needs to be seen to be truly appreciated.
NYE caters more toward the younger crowd, with Annie Mac headlining and Rudimental, Hannah Wants and Shadow Child featuring prominently. Artwork, Krystal Klear, Melé and Groove Armada add further clout.
The series finale the following day has a slightly older, more underground crowd in mind. Maceo Plex, Seth Troxler and Joy Orbison head up a room each on NYD, with talent as diverse as Octo Octa, George FitzGerald and Helena Hauff complementing them.
3. Percolate NYE at E1
Moving back to the capital, this next option has one of the most stacked line-ups of the night. Not only are there ten artists confirmed on the bill (with the suggestion of more to be added), but quantity doesn’t compromise quality in this instance. Percolate invites a bevy of friends and colleagues for the New Year’s knees-up, with class acts such as Midland, Eris Drew, Hunee, Joy O, Hammer and Willow all set to play. Best of all, is that E1’s Wall Of Sound Funktion One soundsystem will ensure that the music quality music on offer will be experienced in the very best sound quality. It might not have the glamour of the other parties, but this is the choice for the purists.
For the really hardcore, E1 extends its programme to NYE. Bpitch label boss Ellen Allien is the guest of honour, playing a special extended 5-hour set at the underground venue. She’ll be supported at the underground club by venue resident Janina. Expect a night of throbbing Berlin techno. Quite the double-header, or, conversely, pick one or the other.
4. Ministry Of Sound: Hannah Wants
Fourth on the list is our mate Hannah, again. After her appearance at WHP, the Brummie DJ will cross the midlands to play her headline slot at M.o.S. She headlined the night in 2018/19, so she obviously did well enough to warrant a return invitation. Bass-filled tech house bombs incoming. The Etiquette label owner will be joined by Radio1’s Danny Howard, Plastician, Jess Bays and the Menedez Brothers, but we recommend you keep an ear out for rising UK talent ALISHA.
5. Steelyard: Hot Chip
2019 has been a top year from avant-pop crossover clan, Hot Chip. After releasing their seventh studio album, the four piece will round-off the year by hosting NYE at The Steelyard. Boogie the decade away under London’s iconic railway arches with Hot Chip’s vocoder-littered brand of music.
The last remaining tickets for all these shows are on sale now. Wherever you end up when the clock strikes 12, all of us at Ticket Tannoy wish you a happy 2020.