As the Xmas run-in gets truly underway, we’re sure you’re already bored of lacklustre work socials, homogenised set menus, everything being mulled and chocolate spilling out of every available storage space. But hope is on the horizon. This time of year presents the most diverse and condensed event options of the entire year. We’ve picked out the best to put you firmly in the party mood.
The festivities begin on the conveniently positioned weekend before Christmas Eve. On Saturday 22nd December, UKG Brunch land at Cosmic Ballroom in Camden for their hectic Christmas Special. It might be the rowdiest Xmas knees up of the lot, with bottomless cocktail and chicken wings on the table. There will be freestyling. There will be rewinds. There will be carnage. Santa hats compulsory.
Later that same day over in Greenwich, something completely different. Celebrating the golden era of Brit Pop, you are invited to spice up your life with a festive edition of hippie favourite Flower Power at Studio 338. The party of 38 years remains ever-green - and this presents the ideal opportunity to let your hair down, dress up and reminise to the music of yesteryear.
Shooing Xmas and Boxing Day out of the way, the next day you need to make note of is Friday 27th December, when Solo Danza celebrate 7 years of throwing parties in the capital. Returning to Village Underground, the party takes on a distinct Music On-vibe with not one, but two residents, in the form of Paco Osuna and Neverdogs. They’re joined by resident Dennis Christopher and former ABODE fixture Lindsay Matthews.
The following day, right in the the thick of winter, we look ahead to warmer days, as Junction 2 launches into its fourth year with a double-header. Tobacco Dock by day, and fabric by night - with ambassador Adam Beyer playing an extended set at both venues. Also involved in the shenanigans is Dixon, Amelie Lens, Âme, Rødhåd and Mind Against. With no LWE NYD in 2019, this is the last opportunity to dance in the Great Gallery or the Car Park until mid March.
Groove Odyssey are back at MOS for their End of Year party. Sticking with their tried-and-tested formula, this special show is headlined by Grammy Award-winning NYC legend David Morales. Expect house, house and more house.
If you’re fortunate enough to find yourself in some exotic, far-flung corner of the world, then it doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the antics. Rapidly emerging as South East Asia’s premiere electronic music festival, Epizode has called in big names for its third year. Ricardo Villalobos, Nina Kraviz and [a:rpia:r] are just a few of the names involved in the marathon twelve day spectacle. The festival takes place at the idyllic isle of Phú Quốc in southern Vietnam from Friday 28th December to Tuesday 8th January.
Back on UK soil, the elephant in the room is those niggly NYE plans. Do you? Don’t you? This one divide opinion. But there’s no harm in mulling over options. Ministry have called on the powers of Hannah Wants to front their 2018 swansong, with support coming from Paul Woolford, Ben Sterling and Marquis Hawkes. Meanwhile, world-renowned Ibiza superbrand Café Mambo takeover McQueen in association with TAKE. The late-night Shoreditch hang-up with be spearheaded by Ridney. If you prefer things Old Skool, then look no further than Raindance at Steelyard. They’ve drafted in Adamski, Alex P, Rat Pack, Billy Daniel Bunter and Uncle Dugs for a night of rave and acid classics.
Can’t decide between partying and watching the fireworks? Fear not - they’re not mutually exclusive if you set sail with progressive purveyors Electronic Sessions. The Golden Flame leaves Temple Pier at 20:00 and returns at 02:00 - so the night is still young!
Fans of unadulterated techno should again gravitate to Egg LDN this new year’s eve, as the underground mecca at Kings Cross invites Belgian prodigy Charlotte de Witte to see in 2019. The line-up is bolstered further by the additions of Luigi Madonna, Regal, Tobi Neumann and Manu Gonzalez. For tech heads who can’t wait until 31st Dec, Egg deliver a few days earlier with the latest installment of Berlin Berlin. A place where electronic music means S&M chic, expect chains, leads, whips and cages from the risque promoters, who adopt a strict no-camera policy in line with the city from which they borrow their name.
Don’t want the party to stop? Rolling through to NYD, London-based bass house peddlers Audio Rehab return to Ministry of Sound for a carry-on filled with bold beats and sonic attitude.
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