So you’ve decided to battle the crowds and head out on New Year’s Eve this year. The only question that remains is, where to go?
We know that with so many New Year’s Eve parties happening across the city, it can all get a bit overwhelming. That’s why we’ve put together this handy guide for music fans who want to ring in 2020 with a proper dance.
Some of the big ones, like Homoelectric and Mr. Scruff’s Keep it Unreal party, have sold out – but you can still join the waitlist. And plenty of other nights here are selling fast, too. Our advice? Don’t hang about, snap up those tickets now.
Genres: Acid house, electro, house, minimal techno, techno
Price: £8.50 (second release)
Alongside Partisan and the White Hotel, Hidden is known for pushing the clubbing envelope. This New Year, catch sets from Manchester residents Martin Loose Cuts (Reform radio), Anton Fitz, Korzi, Flux Groove, Strange Riddims, Limbo Radio, BLOOM and Teletech DJs. Doors 9pm, last entry 11pm.
The Warehouse Project
Genres: Disco, house, tech-house and techno
Price: £38.50 (early birds selling fast) £54.45 (VIP)
As usual, the rave dons at WHP have pulled out all the stops for their New Year’s Eve celebrations. Split across two rooms, must see sets include Annie Mac, Rudimental, Groove Armada and Hannah Wants. Doors open at 9pm with last entry 11.30pm.
Genres: Disco, house, techno
Price: £21.70 (Waiting list)
Every year Homoelectric throw one hell of a NYE party. This year they’re taking over two rooms at YES with guest DJs from Manchester and Leeds’ most iconic northern LGBT parties: High Hoops, Kiss Me Again and Love Muscle (Michael Upson). Expect more sets from residents Jamie Bull, Gina Breeze and Will Tramp. Tickets are currently sold out but you can join the waiting list.
Venue: Partisan Collective
Genres: Garage, house, bass, rhythmic funk, house
One of the best spots for underground dances in the city, Partisan’s NYE party looks to be something very special with proper party music going on in the basement all night long. Sets come from NTS Radio’s Sofie K, Bitzer Maloney, garage producer Clay, and All Hands On Deck residents Abena, Anna, Hayter Player and Babs.
Venue: The White Hotel
Genres: House, techno, electro, new wave, experimental
Party til the sun comes up at The White Hotel. Split across two rooms, room one will see sets from NTS Dj’s Annabel Fraser and Sofie K, plus Hesska and Proteus. In room two, catch Conor Thomas, Matt Wand and Szare. Doors at 11.59pm-ish.
Niamos NYE Party
Venue: Niamos (Formerly the Nia Centre)
Genres: African, electro, acid house, hip-hop, soul
In the past couple of years, this recently-renovated Hulme theatre has become one of Manchester’s most interesting underground music venues. This New Year, celebrate community-style with DJ sets from Dave Haslam, Jack Red Eye, Andy Robinson (Psychedelic DiscoTech/ We Love It), James West (Green Haus), Sir Robin Walls, Layla, Dave Ruf, Mr Bev, Big Al and Lady Bev. Doors at 8pm, last entry midnight.
Venue: The Viadux
Genres: House, old skool, acid house
Price: £22.25 (selling fast)
Travel back in time with six of the Hacienda residents who soundtracked the iconic club during its fifteen-year reign. Sets come from Greg Wilson, Chad Jackson (then DMC World Mix Champion and Saturday’s resident from 1985 to 1986), acid house pioneer Jon Dasilva, Graeme Park, Mike Pickering, Allister Whitehead and Tom Wainwright.
Mr. Scruff’s Keep It Unreal meets So Flute
Venue: Band on the Wall
Genres: Electro, funk, jazz, latin, soul
Price: £24 (waiting list)
Year on year, Mancs flock to Mr. Scruff’s New Year’s Eve party at Band on the Wall. To ring in 2020, he’s teamed up with long-running world music club night So Flute. Find sets from Mr. Scruff, Danuka, Yadava and Kwasi in room one 10-4pm, and So Flute residents Adj, Baloo, Bolts, P-Ro and Werkha in the Picture House bar from 8pm to late. Tickets are currently sold out but you can join the waiting list.
Venue: The Refuge
Genres: Acid house, club classics, disco, funk, house
Price: £16.75 (selling fast) £50+ (dine and dance)
Stunning settings aside, The Refuge always throws a cracking NYE do. Split across two floors, the basement promises a genre-jumping disco whilst upstairs Funkademia take over the bar with a funk-soul-disco-classics house party.
Finn presents NYE
Venue: Soup Kitchen
Genres: Grime, house, jungle, techno, UK garage
Rounding out his Curated series just as he started, NTS DJ Finn calls in the artillery for Soup Kitchen’s New Year’s Eve knees-up. Sets confirmed so far include a three-way back to back from Anz, Finn and India Jordan and a solo set from Jungle Joe.
Venue: Night and Day cafe
Genres: 70s, African, Disco, House, Latin
Tickets: £11.25 (selling fast)
This New Year the Me Gusta team transform Night and Day with projections, lighting installations and tribal wear. Expect the usual eclectic cocktail of afrobeat, latin, disco, funk and electronica from all corners of the globe. Doors at 10pm, last entry 2am.
AMP: NYE with Ed Solo, Annix, Benny Page, AC13 b2b Jam Thieves
Venue: The Bread Shed
Genres: Drum and bass, rollers, jump-up, jungle, minimal
Tickets: £15.68 (group discount) £16.80 (third release)
Antwerp Mansion may be no more as a club, but that hasn’t stopped them throwing some big parties since the owners were forced to close the Rusholme base by the council. Catch a hefty drum and bass lineup at The Bread Shed with heavy hitters playing alongside rising local stars. Expect sets from Ed Solo, Benny Page, Annix, AC13 b2b Jam Thieves, Bloc2Bloc DJs, Dropjaw Audio DJs and Thanda. Doors at 9pm, last entry midnight.
Audiofarm’s ‘Year of the Animal’ Party
Venue: The Old Pint Pot, Salford
Genres: Techno, electronic, house
Ring in the New Year with a thousand shades of techno in Salford, courtesy of long-time party outfit Audiofarm. Catch a long-awaited turntable debut from Freerotation resident and Atmospheric Existence label boss, Miles Sagnia – one of the best-kept secrets of British deep techno. Support comes from residents MPH, Tay and Cy Humphreys. Doors at 9pm, last entry 11pm.
Magical Lantern Rave
Genres: Drum and bass, bass house, tech house
Promising mesmerising visuals and a kaleidoscope of colours, this Fantasia-esque rave looks trippy AF. Expect giant lantern installations, lasers, C02 and confetti, light-inspired puppets and characters, a neon balloon drop and Chinese dragon performances – plus dancers, acrobats, psychedelic body paint dips and professional glitter painters.
Yxng Bane Live
Venue: Bijou club MCR
Genres: Dancehall-infused R&B
East London rapper Yxng Bane plays a rare Manchester set at Bijou club this New Year. The dress code is strict with shirts for men a must. If you aren’t considered to have met it, you will be refused entry without a refund. Doors at 9pm, last entry at midnight.
Venue: Blackdog Ballroom NQ
Genres: Party hip hop, classic r&b, garage, disco, funk, reggae and house party jams
Tickets: £6.60 (early birds)
The cheesy hip-hop party to end all cheesy hip-hop parties. Student favourite Juicy returns to NQ’s Blackdog Ballroom for a night of party hip-hop bangers. Sets come from residents DJ’s Oscar Wildstyle and Wiggie Smalls. Doors at 10pm, last entry 11.30pm