It’s not too late! ELL reporters give you their last minute unmissable New Years Eve picks

Fireworks over the London Eye on NYE. Photo: Pete Price

Partygoers along the East London line are gearing up for what should be a mindblowing New Years Eve. 2010 has been a bad year for many of us, so what better way to forget your troubles than by seeing in 2011 with a massive bang!

There are lots of great events going on up and down the line with tickets still available so here are our reporters top picks of where to see in the new year in style.

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Shabba Dabba Da NYE Special – Charles Alderwick

The night i-D call “the coolest night in the capital” returns for a NYE party in the heart of Shoreditch with a serious promise: “this New Year’s Eve is going to melt your soul”. Founded by club kid extraordinaire and fashion darling Daniel Lismore, and music producer Larry Tee ‘Shabba’ attracts a crowd who are a spectacle in their own right, and the glamazon pack are sure to be out in force tonight.

With DJ sets from Fake Rolex, Jodie Harsh and Luke Worrall (recently on the receiving end of an acerbic set of Tweets from the lovely Kelly Osbourne: “I am and always will be 2 good 4 @luke_worrall darling ur pretty face will only get you so far because u don’t have the brains to back it up.”) the music policy is an accessible, bouncy brand of electro sure to keep the club jumpin’ jumpin’ – until 6 am.

ELL will be trying to blag our way down to the VIP basement – complete with hot tubs for the occasion.

E-Tickets are £25 from here.
9pm – 6am
141 – 143 Shoreditch High Street, London, E1 6JE

Sexbeat and friends NYE party – Germaine Arnold

With Britain resembling an Arctic wasteland for the past month, Sexbeat look set to create a heatwave with their NYE beach party. The bash claims a “no bands, no bullshit” policy, and instead features some of the hottest DJ talent in London at the moment playing an eclectic mix of anti-anthems til 5am.

The line-up is headed by 2010’s coolest collective, Off Modern, and also features Neu, Mazes and ex-Test Icicles screamer Rory Attwell. Get a few tropical cocktails down you, and dance the hula into the early hours, and you might even forget that you’re in rainy Dalston.

Tickets are £7.50 in advance/more on the door
9pm – 5am
The Shacklewell Arms, 71 Shacklewell Lane, E8 2EB

Urban Nerds & ATG NYE/NYD party – Seb Wheeler

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 £40. 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.)

9pm – 5am
Hewett Street Car Park, 16 Hewett Street, Shoreditch, EC2A 3NN

NYElitism – Party at Vogue Fabrics – Charles Alderwick

For those who like their hedonism unadulterated by the dressed-up, plush artifice of an expensive night out, Vogue Fabrics offer a fail-safe alternative. With entry on the door at only £4 this NYE doesn’t have to burn a hole in your pocket, although you’d be well-advised to make an effort with your outfit – apparently “there is a vague theme of tribal, recycle, tinsel”, whatever that means.

Until very recently this club was illegal, and old habits die hard so details are sparse on this party but those in the know will assure you that Vogue Fabrics serves a night of genuine pansexual madness. Music: Disco / House / Electro / Vintage Pop / Lots of Fun.

9:30pm – 4am
66  Stoke Newington Road, London, N16 7XB

Secretsundaze New Year Party – Charlie Cooper

If you’re looking to start 2011 on a high and you happen to be within striking distance of Shoreditch, you could do no better than Secretsundaze annual New Year Party at the Red Gallery on Rivington Street.

Now in its tenth year, the Party offers up a commanding line up to welcome you into the new year with lashings of the finest funky House this side of Chicago.

House music legend Chez Damier joins residents Giles and James to see off in style a year in which he had one of the biggest underground hits with “In My System”.

Heading up the abundance of new talent on show, and making only his second appearance in London, is “man of the moment” Space Dimension Controller, bringing his unique blend House, Techno, Electro, Funk and Boogie slap bang into the heart of east London, just in time for party poppers at midnight.

Promoters ReviveHER and Non-Sense round off the night in rooms two and three.

The Red Gallery, 1-3 Rivington Street, London, EC2A 3JL

Chris Stevenson

Last but certainly by no means least Chris Stevenson explains why he would rather see in the new year in the comfort of a house party rather than out on the town.

This is not going to look promising after reading the rest of this article, but simple is definitely the way to go.

There comes a time everyone when the dreaded decision of what to do on New Year’s Eve needs to be faced. Every December the weight of expectation begins to be felt, do you take the plunge early, splash out on an extortionate ticket and be done with it, or wait to see what everyone else is doing? For many, going ‘out’ seems to be the only way to spend NYE, if you have not spent a weeks pay on drink and nearly the same amount on a taxi New Year’s has passed you by. But there is another way to spend NYE that has less chance of being crushed by expectations, the humble house party.

Not the prepare for weeks with a theme kind that will only lead to the same levels of disappointment as a night out; but just inviting a few friends over and seeing where the night takes you. It is the nights that are allowed to grow without pressure or expectation that lead to the best memories, a reliable choice that hardly ever disappoints. On a night that is known for being the most over-hyped and underappreciated of the year isn’t that what you want?

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