It's that time of the year when we scratch our weary heads, wonder where the 12 months went and start trying to forge some plans for New Year's Eve. Isn't it a drag? Well, cheer up because we've done the hard work for you.
Before that familiar old panic takes hold, let us point you in the direction of this year’s biggest and best live music events around the UK.
Together NYE 2010 @ O2 Academy, Brixton
Brixton Academy is hosting a huge night of house, electro, drum and bass, hip hop, disco and dubstep. Doors are at 9pm and for those who can dance ‘til dawn, the curfew is 6am – then that’s your lot. No one will be leaving disappointed though; the line-up includes Mark Ronson, Katy B and Annie Mac plus a host of top DJs. If clubbing is your thing, you’re after a big night and you’ve got the legs, get down to Brixton Academy this NYE.
Click here to buy Brixton O2 Academy New Years Eve tickets.
ATP Present: Sonic Youth @ The HMV Apollo, Hammersmith
If you’re after a milder New Year’s Eve, then head to the Apollo Theatre in Hammersmith. Alternative, innovative, influential, indie-rock, noise-rock, rock-rock pioneers Sonic Youth play house band at this party. They’re joined by Shellac, The Pop Group and a few DJs. There are decent drinks deals and the curfew is 3am. It might not be the wildest party in town, but you’ll be safe in the knowledge you’re seeing in the new decade with the best live rock London has to offer.
Click here to buy Sonic Youth tickets.
BLOC London Launch Party @ Secret Location, London
BLOC are back in the tunnels to see in the New Year the only way they know how. Featuring music from Matthew Dear, Roska and Rebel Rave, the party runs straight through from 10pm to 7am on New Year's Day. If you're still standing when the cold light of day breaks, head over to the after-party which features two rooms and runs until midday. Tickets for the launch party cost £36.50, while advance after party tickets come in cheap at £5.
Click here to buy BLOC London Launch Party tickets.
The Warehouse Project @ Piccadilly Arches, Manchester
Dying to see Mark Ronson but don't want to travel to London? No problem, he's DJing in Manchester too, where he'll be joined by Annie Mac and Retro/Grade, amongst others. Early bird tickets are available now for £25, a bargain for a nine-hour party that starts at 8pm and finishes at 5am on New Year's Day. Don't wait too long though, tickets are expected to sell out in the next few days.
Redeemer's New Year's Eve Party @ The Zoo, Manchester
Redeemer, the nation's biggest rock, metal and alternative club night, is coming to Manchester for a NYE launch party. Held at The Zoo in Manchester and running from 10pm to 4am, Redeemer is perfect if you're on a budget. An advance ticket costs just £7, with drinks from £1 and a Sonisphere 2011 ticket giveaway! If low prices and an array of rock DJs isn't enough to convince you, perhaps the fire shows, dancers, redeemer girls and video screens will do the job.
Eclectricity New Year's Eve Extravaganza @ The HMV Institute, Digbeth
Join Chase And Status, Caspa and Joy Orbison for a night of dubstep, house, drum 'n' bass and electronica. With five rooms and 2,500 people, Eclectricity promises its punters 'outrageous levels of sound and visual production, ridiculous pyrotechnics and a very special countdown to bring in the New Year.' Early bird tickets sold out, but standard tickets are still available for £30. Doors open at 9pm and the party goes right on through until 6am the following morning.
Click here to buy Eclectricity NYE Extravaganza tickets.
One Nation and Raveology @ Custard Factory, Digbeth
One Nation and Ravelogy team up to bring the ultimate New Year's Eve drum 'n' bass event. Doors open at 8pm and the party continues until 6am, taking place across three arenas including a temporary structure on the side of the venue. Entry costs £30, a mere £3 per hour if you can handle the ten hours of celebration, and the venue is within walking distance of New Street train station.
Click here to buy One Nation and Raveology tickets.
Bionic New Year's Eve @ Code Nightclub, Cardiff
Voted best event at the 2010 Hard Dance Awards, Bionic's NYE party is Cardiff's answer to Global Gathering. The party starts at 8pm and runs right on through until 6am on 1 January. Advance tickets cost £20 and there's room for 1,000 clubbers. The party boasts 20 DJ's and drinks offers, and there are good transport links with the rest of the country,
New Year's Eve Mansion Party @ Ashton Court Estate, Bristol
Soul Train's Afro Mansion Party is perfect for fans of club classics, funk, reggae and R&B. Held in a genuine mansion with three rooms of music, the ticket price of £25 includes breakfast and return coaches are available for an additional £10. Expect resident DJs spinning 70's and 80's disco anthems, reggae revival and slow jams as you dance your way from room to room. Doors open at 8pm and close at 4am – don't forget your afro!
Freeze's Rave in a Cave @ Williamson Tunnels, Liverpool
Round the year off in style, dancing those brand new Christmas socks off in a Liverpudlian heritage centre. Early bird tickets cost £15, and the event runs from 9pm to 4am. Expect a mix of house and techno from Guy J, Steve Parrt, Rob Casson and Andy Currie. With two train stations within walking distance, transport shouldn't be a problem, so why not spend New Year's Eve 2010 in an underground venue that you'll never forget?
New Year's Eve with The Beatles @ The Cavern Club, Liverpool
If electronic music and strobe lighting makes you want to smash your vinyl collection across your forehead, spend New Year's Eve 2010 with the Beatles tribute show, featuring The Blue Meanies and acoustic support. Held on location at Liverpool's infamous Cavern Club, the £17.50 ticket price will have you partying like it's 1969. Doors open at 8pm and the show finishes at 2:30am, plenty of time to rock 'n' roll, twist 'n' shout or scream until your voice gives out. What would Sgt. Pepper do?
Edinburgh’s Hogmanay @ Various, Edinburgh in Scotland
How the Scot’s must chuckle when they see what the rest of the UK passes off as New Year’s Eve. One evening? Psff. A ten-hour party? My nan does that every Tuesday. No, they’ve gone all guns blazing with a four-day party that, along the way, features live shows from Biffy Clyro, KT Tunstall, The Coral, Booka Shade and many more. Add to that dance, literature, art, sporting events and plenty of booze and you have yourself a New Year’s Eve celebration that will keep you in bed until next December.
Click here to buy Edinburgh’s Hogmanay tickets.
Pendulum (DJ Set) @ The Arches, Glasgow
Sadly, Glasgow’s Whisky Festival will have passed come 31 December but The Arches have something just as tasty on offer this New Year’s Eve: Pendulum and Kissy Sell Out hitting the decks. Dropping the best in drum n bass and hyper house, the heavyweight pairing should make sure that the arcs beneath Glasgow are dripping with sweat.