The countdown to the biggest night of the year has begun. Our dance music correspondent, Kate Hutchinson, gives you a guide to the hottest parties in the top clubbing destinations around the world...
Move over New Year’s Eve: in the UK capital, New Year’s Day is when you’ll find the most discerning DJs at the coolest clubs where clubbers are fully focused on the music. The pick of the bunch is Hot Natured New Year’s Day Party at a secret location. We feel a bit mean for whetting your taste buds when it has long been sold out, and the guest list is bigger than Swedish House Mafia’s combined disco ego. But only a bit because it really is the steamiest party of the year. Hot Creations, the sister label to the super-cool, fancy dress-favouring party run by Lee Foss and Jamie Jones, has cranked up the temperature in the house world this year and Jones was this week named the best DJ in the world by Resident Advisor in their top 100 list. Want our advice? Pull on the gaudiest Native American headdress you can find, the glitziest Spandex one-piece and the most retro sunnies (de rigueur at Hot Natured’s parties in Miami and Barcelona this summer) and they can’t fail to let you through the door.
New York, USA
Skip over the Brooklyn Bridge to hipsterville for the most raucous New Year’s Eve hoedown at indie gig hotspot Public Assembly. The Underground Rebel Bingo Club started life in London, but has since exported its raucous, interactive party formula worldwide and will be terrorizing New York next. It bills itself as a secret, underground organisation, but we’ve got the inside line: expect rip-roaring number-yelling, bonkers prizes, cabaret performance, drunken bundles on the floor and plenty of marker pen all over your face at the end of the night.
Lo, the summer clubbing season in central America has begun, kickstarted by this monster of a house and techno workout, BPM, at the stunning Playa del Carmen. The 10-day annual electronic music festival falls over New Year’s Eve, with a beach party to ease you in gently with local deep house DJs during the day, followed by the main event at Blue Parrot. And it is monstrous: legendary Ibiza after-party Circo Loco is heading up the antics and presents a set from New York house scene linchpin Danny Tenaglia, with support from Luca Bacchetti and Andrew Grant. The rest of the festival line-up looks extra-special too, so lucky you if you’ve got a festival ticket for the week.
There’s bound to be an achingly hip party at Ed Banger mainstay The Social on New Year’s Eve and David Lynch’s new adjoining members club Club Silencio, but elsewhere the Weather NYE party in Paris, which is split into a day and a night session, looks particularly fresh. It begins at night on Le Montecosy, also known as Concrete, an atmospheric barge on the River Seine and the location for infamous after-party Secretsundaze’s most recent do in the French capital at the end of October. There’ll be groovesome house and techno sets from Berlin electronic linchpin Ellen Allien and Planet E’s Glimpse, followed by the ‘day’ part, where the party continues until 6pm the next day. Only well-seasoned ravers need apply!
The US’s party DJs are out in force at the picturesque Oak Canyon Park this New Year’s Eve for a outdoor rave-up under the stars including, it says here, a choreographed multimedia countdown with fireworks. Two arenas, Together As One and Saturday Night Sessions, cater for partygoers of the earth-shattering electro, bass, disco-funk and dubstep persuasion, so hold on to your pants as DJs Duck Sauce (A-Trak and Armand Van Helden), electro chameleon Diplo, Italian rock ’n’ rave duo Bloody Beetroots, fancy footworkers Chromeo, electroclash innovator Felix Da Housecat, Dirty South and many, many more keep the thousands pogoing till late.
There’s only one place for scantily clad, ultra-tanned and up-fer-it ravers in their droves to be on New Year’s Eve in Sydney and that’s on Bondi Beach. Every year it throws an outdoor mini-festival, Shore Thing, with some of the world’s biggest dance music names guiding you through the countdown. Depending on your electronic tastes, this year could be the best yet, as rap showman Snoop Dogg is sandwiched by rent-a-remixer Calvin Harris and D&B-cum-stadium-rock outfit Pendulum. Make sure you book a ticket in advance for an after-party, though: it finishes at the hedonist-unfriendly hour of 3am, which is just when the party gets going, right?
Concluding one of the best clubbing seasons that any British club has ever seen, Radio 1’s Annie Mac brings Manchester’s beloved pop-up club The Warehouse Project to a close with a stellar, hyper line-up in tow. Cue face-melting electro, hip-hop, tech-house, dubstep and electro-bass mash-ups from Fake Blood, Jaguar Skills, Riva Starr, Doorly, Mistajam and more for a packed-in crowd. If you’re feeling adventurous, book a ticket to the truly last party under these grimy dark railway arches on New Year’s Day too, where Laurent Garnier, Derrick Carter, Yousef and Tensnake are at the controls with a more discerning house, techno and disco-house mix.
In such a cool clubbing capital as Berlin, it’s a near nightmare to settle on which amazing New Year’s Eve to ago to. Luckily, the must-attend party at Berlin superclub Berghain/Panorama Bar doesn’t start until 1am, so you’ve got time to cram in other party appearances beforehand. It’s a Klubnacht Total affair over the two interlinking venues, with some of the club’s killer label Ostgut Tontrager’s stars of 2011 like Ben Klock and Marcel Dettmann, who are leading the Berlin electronic scene. If you like techno via minimal and deep house, do not miss this. Inevitably, with Berghain/Panorama Bar’s legendarily strict door policy, you might end up missing the action, so if you do, Richie Hawtin’s Minus New Year’s Eve Bash at Weekend comes a close second. Supergeil! (That’s German for super-horny).