It is an age-old clubbing dilemma; where to spend the New Year? Let us take the hassle out of wading through the countless nights on offer with this cherry-picked selection box of our favourites!
1. WHP CLOSING PARTY, TRAFFORD PARK, MANCHESTER | TUESDAY 1ST JANUARY
JAMIE JONES/SETH TROXLER, MACEO PLEX, DERRICK CARTER, FOUR TET (DJ), JULIO BASHMORE & JOY ORBISON, HEIDI, EATS EVERYTHING, NINA KRAVIZ, JACKMASTER, LEVON VINCENT, MIDLAND, BICEP, JUSTIN ROBERTSON, KRYSTAL KLEAR, HUXLEY, TREVINO, ALEXIS RAPHAEL
All about saving the best until last, Manchester's The Warehouse Project isn't holding back this New Year's Day — not that it ever does.
Though, it's not just the sheer size of the line-up for this 10-hour marathon that's so impressive, it's the impeccable quality on display. Taking a long, hard, scrutinising look at the dance music landscape of 2012 and applying it to a UK context, the minds behind Manchester's lauded warehouse party have hand-picked only the finest house and techno talent to wind up this year's series with a well-earned bang.
Other than confirming (as if we doubted?) the promotion's immaculate taste, it'll hold up the booking prowess of this ever-growing promotional powerhouse for all to see; on a day when the biggest DJs are not only a ball-ache to bag, but cost an arm, a leg, and probably a testicle, too.
In an attempt to reproduce their hugely hyped b2b DJ set at the Crosstown Rebels party last year, Jamie Jones & Seth Troxler take the mantle of The Project's cavernous new main room. Meanwhile, Maceo Plex, Derrick Carter, Four Tet and Julio Bashmore & Joy Orbison add to a list that reads more like any discerning promoter's 'Make A Wish' Christmas list than a line-up for a club night.
It doesn't stop there. Heidi, Eats Everything and Nina Kraviz have been chosen to recreate the explosive Room Two vibes of the session which unveiled WHP's new Trafford Park home this Easter, while Numbers boss Jackmaster, Underground Quality great Levon Vincent, Midland and in-demand duo Bicep join Huxley, Justin Robertson and locally-based Irishman Krystal Klear also on the bill... (gasp!)
Spread over three rooms, the only disappointment is that, without some sort of Quantum Leap-style time machine, you'll inevitably miss something.
6pm – 4am | £29.50/£32.50 | thewarehouseproject.com
2. DOLLOP NYE, TROXY LONDON | MONDAY 31ST DECEMBER
JULIO BASHMORE, JACKMASTER, ONEMAN, KRYSTAL KLEAR
2012 has been the most notable year of eight very big ones for Dollop, arguably the most progressive promotional force in the UK.
Conceived at Nottingham's Stealth, the night has made one of the most meaningful in-roads into London in recent years, running a string of intelligently programmed parties at Heaven, plus its Detroit Series, curating original Motor City talent — each one of The Belleville Three — alongside bona fide newbies such as Boddika, Factory Floor and Waifs & Strays.
Prided on its skill for bundling differing-but-not-irrelevant acts together on the same line-up and making it work, Dollop's New Year's Eve event at The Troxy is another display of forward-thinking diversity. Julio Bashmore, Jackmaster, Oneman and Krystal Klear make up the first wave of acts announced, but our hunch is the next lot will trouble the bass music spectrum even further.
9.30pm – 5.30am | £15/£20 | dollopdollop.com
3. MONO_CULT NEW YEAR'S DAY 2013, THE FAVERSHAM, LEEDS | TUESDAY 1ST JANUARY
HENRIK SCHWARZ, BICEP, MANO LE TOUGH, JACKMASTER, KRYSTAL KLEAR, LAUER, STE ROBERTS
Despite serving as a safe bet for a proper party, with proper party principles, all year round, it's New Year's Day that really separates Mono_cult from its peers.
For most, it's a time to set the record straight and make amends for the year ahead, but for Leeds' high-end house night, it's a chance to do what it's always done; programme a stock of classy DJs that outdoes even its own superlative standards.
If last year's 01.01 knees-up, which welcomed Âme, Art Department, Tiger & Woods, Sven Weisemann and Eliphino to The Faversham, delivered dancefloor diversity without losing the thread, then this year's party is stretching it even further.
As if scoring Innervisions genius Henrik Schwarz isn't enough of a coup, Belfast's most bookable Bicep join Permanent Vacation's Mano Le Tough and Lauer, alongside Hypercolour/Initials' Ste Roberts on a line-up that's unlikely to be beaten. Until next near...
4pm – 6am | £10 - £22 | monocult.co.uk
4. CONNECTED, CABLE, LONDON | MONDAY 31ST DECEMER
MK, NO ARTIFICIAL COLOURS, WAIFS & STRAYS, ARMINE EDGE & DANCE
According to ancient Mayan prophesy, events will conspire to bring about cataclysmic changes to the world as we know it on 21st December 2012 — the end. Apocalypse!
None of that has stopped the rest of us planning for a kick-ass New Year's Eve. Especially Connected at Cable, which has organised for Detroit demi-god MK, Kent upstarts No Artificial Colours and Bristol's Waifs & Strays to bring about an explosive end, not to the world but to 2012 — providing we all make it that far.
Following that, the walking dead — in a figurative sense anyway — will be found continuing the party at the Jaded after party from 5am to ensure hangovers do feel like the end of the world, come the 3rd...
9pm – 6am | £30/£35 | cable-london.com
5. TOOLROOM KNIGHTS NYE, MINISTRY OF SOUND, LONDON | MONDAY 31ST DECEMBER
MARK KNIGHT, FORZA, MARK STORIE, AMPLIFIED, TEMPO ETERNO
To round off a year of national celebration — the Queen's Jubilee, the Olympics, 'Gangnam Style' topping the charts — Ministry Of Sound, which also went to town with its 21st anniversary celebrations this year, has invited Mark Knight and his cavalry for another Toolroom Knights NYE party.
After causing a roadblock as part of a six-date tour celebrating its sixth year (fittingly on the 6th October), Toolroom Knights returns to London's internationally-renowned superclub with a host of heavy house support. So far, Forza — Manuel De La Mare, Alex Kenji and Luigi Rocca — are down to play The Box, with more big names to be announced, while Mark Storie joins Amplified and Tempo Eterno in the Loft and Baby Box respectively.
10pm – 5am | £35 | ministryofsound.com
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