Choosing what to do on New Years Eve can be one of the toughest decisions of the year.
Virtually all of the UK’s biggest clubs pull out all the stops and attract whopping line-ups in a bid to see out the year in the most spectacular way, leaving ravers with a headache more splitting than the one they’ll inevitably have the morning after as they attempt to pick the most appealing one.
Luckily, help is at hand (sort of), as we’ve scouted out ten of the best events across the UK on the night. Granted, you’ll still have to choose which one to go to, but hopefully this list will at least give you a few ideas as the eve of next year beckons…
Whether you’re a stern D&B head, partial to a bit of grime or a house aficionado, there’s a line-up here that will undoubtedly raise an eyebrow and leave your bass buds tingling.
RAM Records, Brixton Academy, London
RAM Records has really gone the extra mile for this one; a massive line-up featuring virtually the label’s full roster and a few special guests thrown in for good measure – including an extra tasty midnight set from the legendary Roni Size. Aside from the Michelin Star main menu of D&B, there’s a side garnish of garage and bassline, including Preditah and the increasingly impressive Barely Legal, who will be keeping room two lively. This is quite possibly the biggest NYE event anywhere in the capital and without question the most impressive D&B lineup anywhere in the UK.
In:Motion, Motion, Bristol
Bristol’s unique Motion has become renowned for its annual NYE parties, amongst various other things. Every year brings a notably weighty billing and this year is no different; seeing out 2015 in one of the UK’s best venues will be bass music’s leading lady Hannah Wants alongside the likes of dBridge, Sam Binga and Lil Silva. Expect a typically buoyant atmosphere and a sound system that will make you forget what day (and probably year) it is.
One Nation, O2 Academy, Bournemouth
If you’re after a weighty D&B night to see in the New Year but don’t fancy embarking on the capital, this heavy south coast offering should quench your thirst. Some of the most renowned and respected DJs and MCs in the jump up business are lined up to wreak havoc on this thoroughly impressive venue, including Hazard, Hype and Mampi Swift. There’s also a midnight set from SASASAS (the combination of MCs Skibadee, Shotta, Shabba D, Stormin’ and DJs Phantasy, Macky Gee & Alpha) – big.
Imaginarium, Rainbow Venues, Birmingham
One of the midlands’ premiere clubbing destination opens up all of its intertwined venues to host an eclectic NYE bonanza. The pick of the lineup looks to be an enticing b2b set between Breakage and Rockwell, who recently linked up on the latter’s debut album to devastating effect. Joining that duo is Zinc, Ben Pearce, and plenty of others. The bassiest billing in Birmingham on NYE.
Dollop, Nottingham (Various locations)
Dollop has risen to become one of Nottingham’s (and beyond) most exciting electronic nights in recent years. This year has seen the label welcome a swathe of the most talented selectors around to its events on a regular basis, and they’re ending the year in the only way they know how; with a massive city-spanning shindig spread across various venues around Nottingham. Embarking on the city’s clubs will be Bondax, DJ Q, My Nu Leng, Oneman and many more.
Black Butter Records, Albert Hall, Manchester
If you fancy bringing in 2016 in a venue the Queen wouldn’t look massively out of place in, this could be the one for you. The Black Butter family, headed up by a Rudimental DJ set, will be embarking on this picturesque Manchester venue. There’s also a b2b set between My Nu Leng and Oneman, making it a really stellar end to the year for a label that continues to grow in stature. Note: Elizabeth II probably won’t be in attendance, but if she is, she’ll probably be on the balcony.
Saved from the brink of closure earlier this year, London’s favourite club’s NYE celebrations have even more poignancy this time around. The line-up sums up just why it would have been such a travesty if it had indeed been forced into closure; the world’s best DJs want to play here all the time – especially on NYE, it seems, as techno giants Craig Richards and Terry Francis are joined by the likes of Eats Everything and Nina Kraviz. Closure? No thanks.
The Warehouse Project, Manchester
As the crème de la crème of Manchester’s electronic music scene, and perhaps even the UK’s scene in general, the iconic Warehouse Project has now been putting on some of the UK’s biggest nights for a decade. This year has seen the warehouse attract some typically huge nights, and of course NYE is no different; in attendance will be MK, MJ Cole, Catz ’N Dogz, and others.
Detonate, The O2 Academy, Sheffield / The Brickworks, Nottingham
Detonate has established its name as one of the most prolific events in the UK even further this year, spreading its name further afield to Brighton and Leeds and putting on a number of huge raves, including a mammoth Halloween one-dayer. They’re closing out this year at the O2 Academy in Sheffield, where Shy FX and David Rodigan will head up proceedings, and also at Nottingham’s most exciting venue, The Brickworks, where DJ EZ and Logan Sama will take to the decks.
Supercharged, Concorde 2, Brighton
Renowned for its impressive sound system and intimate atmosphere, Concorde 2 is a jewel in the south coast’s clubbing crown. But of course, the most important facet of any club is the DJs it can attract, and luckily Concorde 2 has managed to attract a fairly hefty one for NYE. Friction, Matt Jam Lamont, Barely Legal and P Money will bring bags of bassy goodness to Brighton.