Set to party like it’s 2011: Our New Year’s Eve tips

Gay symphony orchestras to punk rockers on laughing gas, ELL picks the best NYE parties.

Photo: Tahir

Cynical about New Year’s Eve? Rather stay in on the sofa than have it out on the town? In bed by midnight rather than traipsing home around midday? Not if ELL has anything to do with it. Here are our top tips to make your NYE go with one helluva bang!

This year, the  East London Line is host to a feast of great parties. From mind-melting techno to trans Siberian marching bands to old school skiffle, our ends boast it all.

So, where to go? Well, that’s the hard part, but as we’re full of festive excitement we’ve narrowed the best nights out down to a neat half dozen which should make choosing a little easier.

Photo: Joe Miranda

Secousse at Favela Chic

Secousse’s end of year party at Favela Chic comes highly recommended by ELL and might just be the best of the bunch.

A crew that normally throw famed monthly parties at Notting Hill Arts Club, Secousse move east to wave goodbye to 2010 and dance like crazy into 2011.

Headed by the esteemed Radioclit production/DJ duo, the Secousse All Stars are set to take over Favela Chic with their hectic blend of Afro rhythms and scuzzy electro basslines. Maringah Band also play a live set.

This one clocks in at £20 a ticket, but who cares when the party is guaranteed to blow up?!

Urban Nerds & ATG NYE/NYD party

Specialist party promoters Urban Nerds team up with fellow Londoners ATG to make sure the New Year is brought in with a ton of bass heavy vibrations.

Highlights include: Mala, the man behind DMZ who might possibly be the best (and definitely most fun) dubstep DJ in operation right now; Roller Express, which features bashment kinds Toddla T and Redlight at the controls with Serocee and Dread MC on the mic; the legendary Nicky Blackmarket and grime/dubstep upstarts Sukh Knight and P Money.

Although all the cheap early bird tickets are way past sold out, you can still grab entrance for £35. Big money for a big night. If you don’t want to be stuck out in the cold, give it a try. Punters are being promised big sound-systems, a great warehouse venue and the best after party in the city (at the Queen of Hoxton.)

Sexbeat and friends NYE party

Sexbeat have gone from putting on obscure thrash-doom-sludge bands in spit ‘n sawdust bars on the Kingsland road to hosting hardcore megastars at XOYO.

They celebrate another good year for rock ‘n roll with a pissdrunx style affair at the Shacklewell Arms beach bar in Dalston; they’ve invited a bunch of DJs to play anti-anthems and get blasted on cocktails and laughing gas. Get in!

Making sure New Year’s day is a write-off are the cream of the capital’s blogging, promoting and disc-spinning spheres: Off Modern, Neu, Rory Attwell, Mazes and loads more making sure that you end up dancing on tables and passing out in the snow.

£7.50 in advance. Sounds like a fun one.


Bugged Out at XOYO

Discerning dance-floor enthusiasts will probably be looking to Bugged Out to provide the entertainment come the final eve of 2010.

As usual, Bugged Out have programmed a banging set of house and techno DJs that will probably make your feet spin the most unusual directions, if that’s what you’re into.

Find Friendly Fires, Riton, L-Vis 1990, Hannah Holland and Matt Walsh on the buttons to provide a selection that will most likely veer between the very fun and the very hard.

Tickets start at £19.50

The Blitz Ten Inch

A blitz themed ball at the Book Club in Shoreditch featuring an up-front music policy featuring only the finest blues, soul, rockabilly, ska, skiffle and swing.

Recent Roots Manuva collaborator Wrongtom plays alongside the West End’s finest Natty Bo and Trojan Record’s Count Skylarkin. Good time roots to warm your cockles and start you jumpin’!

Spread across two rooms with a ‘stiff upper lip and frugal glamour’ dress code, this one weighs in at £15 advance and looks highly promising.

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The Last Tuesday Society presents the New Year’s Eve Eve Masked Ball

The Last Tuesday Society is legendary. If you don’t know, watch our featured video on the right, interviewing Viktor Wynd, to find out. If you’re still not convinced check out this line up: The London Gay Symphony Orchestra, The Congo Faith Healers, The Trans Siberian March Band… the list goes on…

The cheeky beggars behind the LTS have staged a decidedly dada-esque stunt by hosting their end of year party on the eve of the eve – see what they did there?

There’s far too much on offer to list here, so check the website. Tickets are £25 and by the looks of the photo galleries from past events, worth every penny.

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