One shudders at the thought of making plans for another New Year’s Eve. It’s the masochist’s favourite nightmare, an evening with its own traditions of overpriced drinks, rammo main rooms, Auld Lang Syne singers and bar queues longer than Katy Perry’s 45-page rider.

But - just like Coldplay, Arnie and Dapper Laughs - it’s coming back. No matter how much we had hoped it wouldn’t.

The latest report from market research experts Skiddle (?) claims 88 percent of us are planning on going out this year for New Year’s Eve. Whilst I haven’t called nan to check in on her plans, I know there are still some options out there that might rescue your night. We preview a handful of them below.


The designated capital AND appointed party capital of the UK, Greater London is the mecca of NYE celebrations, fuelled as it is by free overnight travel (from 23:45 - 4:30) on all bus, Tube, tram, Docklands Light Railway and London Overground routes. Of course a well disorganised house party, illegal rave or toasty local is your best option, but who is going to recommend you one of those?

RAM NYE @ 02 Academy Brixton
9pm - 6am

RAM Records - now festival regulars - are putting up the party decorations and compiling that all important playlist at Brixton Academy.

The legendary South London venue will see sets from Wilkinson, Noisia, Camo & Krooked, Calyx & Teebee, Friction, Preditah and a midnight special guest set from drum n bass legend Roni Size!

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Trevor Nelson’s Big R&B New Year’s Eve party @ IndigO2, Greenwich
9pm - 4am

The King of UK R&B is back with a fat NYE bash inside the tent-like ceiling of London’s o2 Arena. Trevor (MBE) will be joined by guests like Radio 1Xtra’ ACE, Chuckie, Frisky DJ and Martin 2 Smoove. Nice.

Travel back in time through four decades of RnB, soul and pop hits, accompanied by a spectacular light and laser show, pyrotechnics and “giant exploding cannons”. Say, isn’t that what the White Horse is doing this year?

fabric NYE @ Fabric, Farringdon
9pm - 9am

London’s most iconic late night venue draws a troubling year for the UK club scene to a close with a defiant bill of star guests. Join Craig Richards, Terry Francis, Alex Arnout, George FitzGerald, Nina Kraviz, Maya Jane Coles and Eats Everything through to sunrise.

We Are WHSE @ Great Suffolk Street Warehouse, Southwark
10pm - 6am

The We Are FSTVL team are pulling together a huge warehouse party with their mates MK, Basement Jaxx, and Route 94. Head to the ultimate underground clubbing space, just south of the river, for a session to keep you moving until the sun comes up.

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Imaginarium @ Rainbow, Birmingham
8pm - 6am

Across three huge rooms, Birmingham’s 15-week Imaginarium series climaxes with “a pioneering, 360 degree cultural experience” featuring Hannah Wants, DJ Zinc, Catz ’N Dogz, Ben Pearce and Low Steppa.

NYE at Snobs @ Snobs (obvs) Birmingham
10pm - 4am

Snobs is newly relocated but still retains that sticky dancefloor charm and comes in full force on NYE with all three rooms open until 4pm. Essentially you can expect indie classics, cheap cans of Red Stripe and endless £1 shots of sambucca. Heaven.

The North

Black Butter Records @ Albert Hall, Manchester
9pm - 5am

The hardest touring band in the festival game, Rudimental cap another successful year with a DJ set at Manchester’s Albert Hall. Curated by their label, Black Butter Records, get yourself up for a massive night of tunes from David Rodigan, Preditah, Mele and My Nu Leng, going back to back with Oneman.

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‘Fun House’ Party @ Lock 91, Manchester
8pm - 2am

Putting the fun back into ‘Fun House’, this night off Deansgate will start with a prosecco reception then kick on with a whole lot of fun, prizes to be won. Remember, it’s a real crazy show where anything can go so expect games, a photo booth and drinks under £3! No promise of Pat Sharp, or the twins.

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Join the Hogmanay, Edinburgh
30 December 2015 – 1 January 2016

More than 150,000 people are expected at this year’s Hogmanay celebrations in Edinburgh - one of the most legendary New Years parties in the world. The programme of live music gets underway on 30 December and will continue, almost non-stop, until New Years Day.

The full NYE line-up (across four different stages) for 2016 includes Biffy Clyro, Maximo Park, Slaves, and the Peatbog Faeries. Tickets to some live music events still on sale.

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Nightvision Hogmanay @ The Liquid Rooms, Edinburgh
10pm - 5am

Wanna avoid the Hogmanay jammers on the streets of Edinburgh? Take it inside and catch Todd Terje live alongside Huxley and Jasper James at the Nightvision event hosted by one of Edinburgh’s most revered nightclubs.

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Comrie Flambeaux @ Comrie, Perth and Kinross
From 6pm (torch parade starts at midnight)

Play your part in a millennium old tradition. Comrie Flambeaux is the curious ancient custom in Comrie where the 12 strongest local men carry long, thick, burning birch torches, wrapped with tarred rags, and parade through the village, preceded by a pipe band and fancy dress parade. Beverages and hot drinks available at the bar.

Comrie Flambeaux
Comrie Flambeaux


Twisted Circus NYE Party @ Tiger Tiger, Cardiff
7pm - 3am

Take your notepad and pen for tips on fire-breathing, sword swallowing and all shorts of carnival amusements this year at Cardiff’s resident circus pit, Tiger Tiger.

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NYE Cardiff @ Y Plas, Cardiff
10pm - 5am

Join Noisia, Mike Skinner, Big Narstie and many more for what will surely prove the most debauched club night to close the year.

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Fireworks @ Saundersfoot, Pembrokeshire

Watching the pennies? Well, join the locals and watch the skies light up above the Saundersfoot harbour lights from midnight with a magnificent fireworks display, bringing 2016 in with style.


Happy New Year!
Happy New Year!