Here is the definitive list of London NYE parties to help you end 2018 in style. Whether you’re fiending for an evening of 4x4 floor fillers and a touch of ambient or a grown 'n' sexy vibe to catch a whine to, this list has something to suit all tastes.
E1 & Percolate with Floating Points & Daphni
Percolate is collaborating with underground venue E1 to throw a 12-hour NYE party across its 3 rooms with the help of its Funktion-One ‘Wall of Sound’ system. Having only re-opened its doors on NYE 2017, E1 has invited Percolate, Floating Points and Daphni to curate a packed line-up of the year’s most influential artists.
As featured in our 30 artists under 30000 plays feature in Jan, Peach has had an incredible 2018, with standout performances at the Southbank Centre alongside Discwoman or her electric Boiler Room queer dance party - she has consistently shown her formidable skill to start a party.
Grab your ticket here.
24-hour Rave Extravaganza
Hidden away in an industrial estate in Peckham, Venue MOT/Unit 18 has championed young artists and promoters based in and around South East London while still in its infancy. To celebrate a year of exciting electronic music, the venue will be hosting a 24-hour NYE rave with the help of its regulars. Boasting a stellar line-up of techno and electro heavyweights chosen to curate an experience that can keep pace in the early hours and back into the night.
First-release tickets are available here and give you access all day and all night.
Ahadadream's Hassle Free NYE at Grow Hackney
The More Times Label founder, and Boiler Room alum is throwing a “hassle-free NYE” in Hackney Wick. Supported by “London’s finest selectors”, Ahadadream and Co. are partnering with Grow Hackney to throw an affordable and ethical end to 2018.
Known for his expansive repertoire of afrobeats, dancehall and UK Funky, this NYE party promises an alternative soundscape to your New Year’s Eve with no frills, club-ready tracks designed to keep you moving until the first train home.
Early release starts at £5 - find tickets here.
Five MIles New Year’s Eve
Partnering with their caterer, Torshi, Five Miles are offering a pre-party dinner from 6pm. Including a bespoke five-course Middle Eastern tasting menu complemented by the live sounds of DJ Jonny Rock and Kasra V who boast an impressive arsenal of turkish traditional folk, psychedelia and obscure pop.
Then from 9pm, Maurice Fulton will be holding down the club with additional support from anu and Ashton Holland, while Rhythm Sister’s Jess Farley and Eliza Rose go b2b in the bar, alongside DJ Karl Karlson, Brian Summers and Rachael.
£10 early entry tickets have already sold out! Remaining tickets are available here.
Rhythm Section New Year's Eve 2018
Another edition of Bradley Zero’s, “no line-up, no hype” NYE events, Rhythm Section promises some “secret special guests” to bring in the New Year. Widely respected for his expansive musical tastes and discerning selections, you can guarantee this NYE party will showcase a heady mix of newer tracks and unforgettable classics on “2 decks, a rotary mixer, and a few crates of vinyl.”
Spending the night in Ghost Notes with and upgraded soundsystem and revised layout, the small-scale venue provides a fitting space for a ”simple but effective” New Year’s.
Oval Space x The Pickle Factory Presents: NYE Double Venue Party
Spread across two venues, Oval Space and the neighbouring Pickle Factory have joined forces to give you a bigger and better New Year’s Eve. This one features seasoned tastemaker Gilles Peterson at the helm sharing his encyclopedic collection of house, disco and jazz, alongside funk and soul legend Sadar Bahar, Panorama Bar favourites Tama Sumo and Lakuti plus a very special guest. Oval Space has secured in a solid programme to take you into 2019.
Across the road, Move D will be holding it down in The Pickle Factory with an impressive six-hour set supported by London duo, Heels & Souls, whose fundraising ethos provides an altruistic element to an otherwise hedonistic New Year.
3rd release tickets can be found here, all tickets allow entry to both venues.
To celebrate their 10th year, founders Scott Fraser and Joe Hart are throwing an NYE bash in a yet-to-be-announced East London location. While finer details are still forthcoming, rest assured the night will be filled with its staple diet of house, techno, jack and acid.
Tickets start at £15 on RA.
Oscillate Wildly at Bloc
Another NYE TBA, seasoned promoters Oscillate Wildly are planning a huge night at Bloc, Hackney Wick. The promoters have a strong affinity for experimental electronic music and are frequent collaborators with Evian Christ and independent Swedish label, Year 0001. They have made a reputation for themselves for booking an exhilaratingly diverse range of artists not limited to Total Freedom, Soda Plains, DJ Lag and Nídia. Definitely a NYE party to keep an eye out for as more details are revealed.
Super early-birds available here.
Homostash NYE All Stars
Arguably the best venue on Kingsland Road, Dalston Superstore is throwing a colourfully queer New Year with Homostash. Keeping it local, the night will feature performances from Homostash’s resident DJs, performers and go-go dancers all night long.
Upstairs in the bar, DJs Carly Foxx, Fannar & Pavliné offer a lighter variety of disco and indie dance while a deluge of sexy go-go dancers and drag performers take to the bar-cum-stage flanked by “mustachioed visuals” courtesy of Rodrigo Blanco.
Limited cheap early bird tickets available here.
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