London 2013 NYE Clubbing Guide

Laser - hands in laser (1)A new year is fast approaching – so that means one final chance to pool your resources, gather your friends and family close, and tell everyone how dissshhwasssthabessttestyearevveaaa. For the organised, here are some of the best clubbing options for the final throes of 2013.

The Big One: Dollop NYE @ The Troxy

The Troxy’s epic night pulls together some of the biggest names from what was last known as UK Bass, a restless collection of producers tearing off in different directions.The one-two punch of Jackmaster and Oneman have got more parties started than the trusty three litre bottle of Strongbow – expect a smorgasbord of crowd pleasing bangers. Paul Woolford has been everywhere in 2013 thanks to his Special Request project – tooling Jungle and hardcore elements into a devastating main-room package. Assorted label heads Loefah, Ben UFO and Joy Orbison complete this veritable Brit Awards of Bass. £45

Just Wanna Dance?: Dimensions Warm Up Party @ Oval Space

Here we have a NYE night billed as a “warm up” for a summer festival. That takes place in Croatia. Ignore the bizarre marketing and enjoy a night headed by Pearson Sound – no doubt exploring those skeletal, snaking noises all over latest tracks Lola and REM. Eliphino knows how to chop up r’n’b vocals into irresistible house tunes – and no doubt also pulls a mean party-ready set. With more names still to be confirmed this has the potential for an out-of-body experience across the Adriatic. £25 / £30.

The Feel Good: South London Soul Train @ Bussey Building

If you believe New Year is an occasion best sound-tracked by friendlier sounds than icy techno and shuddering bass (some people eh?) – the South London Soul Train could be your vibe. Bringing the restless energy of a night at Wigan Casino to the four floors of Peckham’s Bussey Building, almost every strain of feel-good from p-funk to ska, disco to Motown is here in abundance. £10

Deep and Dreamy: Trouble Vi5ion @ Corsica Studios

Trouble Vi5ion brings its deep house vibes to Corsica Studios, with an epic five hour set from Theo Parrish. They don’t grant five hour sets to anyone – and the man from Detroit will no doubt be commandeering a space odyssey to the outer limits of soul, house and jazz. Also present are House icon Maurice Fulton and young New York upstart Anthony Naples, baby-faced but already fitting nicely on this heavyweight bill. £35

Ice-Cold Cool: Way Back Here NYE @ Dance Tunnel

Dance Tunnel is oh-so Dalston – a small cubbyhole beneath a New York-style pizza parlour. Its NYE line up is similarly hip, hosting an excellent bill of underground dance sounds. 2013 capped a big year for FunkinEven – stepping beyond his early electro worship into his own brand of trippy but raw analogue funk. Whether he’s dirtying up the dancefloor via his Kyle Hall collab FunkinEvil or issuing new tracks on his Apron label, each step sends him further down the wormhole. £12 adv

The Dayglo Night: Bugged Out @ Wapping Studio Spaces

Erol Alkan‘s Phantasy Sound is representing down in Wapping, with a set from the electro-icon boss himself  plus a victory lap for new signing Daniel Avery and his rather brilliant Drone Logic album. Bugged Out will also be bringing Todd Terje and SoulWax to XOYO for NYE, bringing dancefloor joy to no doubt fragile souls. £35

The Christmastime Carnival: Bruk Out @ Big Chill Bar

In true British style, January presents no barrier to hosting a tropical-themed event. Alongside a ten piece Brazilian band, the draws here are back to back sets from UK garage dons Wookie and Zed Bias. It’d be easy to dub this a simple exercise in nostalgia if the two weren’t still releasing great music – Zed Bias’s latest Boss is as powerful a release as its name suggests. Incredibly this is one of three NYE shows mister Bias will be undertaking and they’re not even all in London! Come down and watch the time-space continuum collapse in on itself. £22.50

The No Messin’: Nick Höppner @ Plastic People

Keeping things simple, Plastic People host Panorama Bar’s Nick Höppner (one of four Berghain residents rocking London tonight, dance anoraks) for an all-night set. With space for just a few hundred, this will be a sweaty, intimate and exquisitely curated way to see in 2014. £15-£25

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  • Tom C

    And not a mention of London’s finest and friendliest trance night? For shame. Tame Sanctuary is on from 9pm to 6am at Studio 338 in Greenwich. Menno de Jong, Ali Wilson and the usual crew will serve up a feast. If you like it trancey there’s nowhere else better.