Over the course of the past week we collectively survived not only another over-indulgent Christmas in front of the TV, but a full-on Mayan Apocalypse. Therefore this year, more than most, we deservedly enter that curious purgatorial period between Boxing Day and the New Year with a little more spring in our step. If you already know what you’re doing to bring in 2013, then this spring will evolve into an animated bounce as NYE draws ever nearer. If you still haven’t a clue however, the next 48 hours will feel like a trudge through the mire. And yet never fear, MEOKO is here to help. Below are our top picks from around London town for both NYE and NYD. Go with one, two or three of these and we guarantee you a heady dose of hedonistic closure to see out one year, and bring in the next, in style.
The Coronet Theatre
9pm – 06am
After the success of the Eastern Electrics festival in August of this year, the stalwarts of NYE clubbing return to the capital after a showstopping 2012. As ever they will play host to a varied range of acts, with a focus on bringing the party to the masses. Joy Orbison, Eats Everything and Huxley make up three of the 2012’s most emblematic DJs, while Shonky, Miguel Campbell and Geddes offer something a little different in support. Apart from the last batch of VIP tickets, all advance tickets are sold-out so if you’re still umming and ahhing, get down early to avoid major disappointment.
Bussey Building, Peckham
9pm – 06am
Always ones to keep things fresh, Secretsundaze have migrated to South London for this year’s climactic event, continuing their blossoming relationship with Peckham’s Bussey Building. After his deep house smash ‘New For U’ topped almost every end-of-year chart in the scene, Andrés returns to headline alongside Amir Alexander, Trevino and Martyn, who will be showcasing his new and improved Live set. Tickets are still available online from £30 and given the reputation these boys have for a proper new year’s blowout, it’ll be worth every penny.
Hearn St Car Park
11pm – 06.30am
If big room tech-house is your tipple of choice this NYE, few parties will quench your thirst as thoroughly as Onemore, who welcome Radio Slave, Tiefschwarz and Antonio De Angelis to East London’s Hearn Street Car Park. Having celebrated their 2nd birthday but a few weeks ago with Lawrence and Kenny Larkin and with a whole host of high-profile 2013 dates already in the diary, you can bet your bottom dollar come midnight Onemore will be seriously popping off. Tickets are still available online.
Ewer Street Warehouse
9pm – 06am
If you’re after something a little tougher to help see in the new year then look no further than Beat Dimension. Welcoming man-of-the-moment Blawan to headline alongside Mike Denhert, Untold and Cosmin TRG, this promises to offer something other than the usual hands-in-the-air NYE fare. Appleblim has been announced as a special guest and final release tickets, somehow, are still available, so get moving and get ready to get those fists pumping.
NYE & NYD
Jaded & LWE
8pm – 2pm
London Warehouse Events and after-hours specialists Jaded are combining this NYE/NYD to bring the capital a full-on 18hr rave. Taking place first across Factory 7 in the Hearn St area of East London and then Cable in London Bridge, this looks set to be one the most intense and sonically rewarding of all the events on the calendar. Nina Kravitz and Mr G headline with support from stalwart DJ Raymundo Rodriguez, which just about tells you all you need to know really. Tickets are still available online for either only the NYE party or both at a reduced price.
NYE – 9pm – 9am
Cargo host a post apocolyptic zombie rave this new years eve with Visionquests Ryan Crosson headlining, bringing with him an arsenal of house and techno strong enough to blow the heads off any zombie standing in his way. With a free afterparty from 6am the heart of Shoreditch will be firmly beating from within Cargo’s railway arches to the sounds of Omid 16B, Shane Watcha, Clint Lee who all play alongside Ryan Crosson.
Fabric NYE & WetYourSelf NYD
NYE: 9pm – 09am / NYD: 10pm – 06am
If ever there was a safe choice of what to do over NYE, Fabric is it. The iconic London club never fails to put on a showstopping night of partying, with a solid, always eclectic line-up of some of the most cutting-edge names in underground dance music. This year Four Tet, Steffi and Martin Butrich top the bill on NYE – and that’s only room 1. On the evening of Tuesday 1st, the club fires up the engines once more and continues the rave courtesy of Sunday purveyors WetYourSelf. Miss Kittin, Marc Houle and Palisade all feature. Tickets are still available online for both events, plus the usual on-the-door admittance.
JUNK Department with Upon You
8pm – 05.30am
Junk Department return to London this NYD to bring us a very special, extended celebration. The Southampton based outfit have invited none other than Steve Bug and M.A.N.D.Y to top the bill, teaming up with Berlin label Upon You to bring a trio of their most forward thinking DJs to the party, namely Marco Ressman, Emerson Todd and Gunnar Stiller. What with their burgeoning relationships with Cocoon, Zoo Project and whole host of others, you can always trust Junk Department to have their finger firmly on the pulse. Tickets are still available online.
6am till late
What a year it’s been for Kubicle. They’ve set up a residency at Sankeys Ibiza, partied at The Chalet in Berlin, taken their craft to the WMC in Miami and of course, weaved their magic across many of the UK’s best festival dance-floors. Not to mention, of course, their staunch dedication to the East London after-hours scene. In true Kubicle spirit, they will be hosting an as yet interminable event on NYD at The Basing House in Shoreditch. PBR Streetgang headline. Tickets still available.
9pm – 05am
What more is there to say about Circo Loco. For what feels like centuries the international clubbing behemoth has been plying its popular brand of party promotion, bringing a consistency and professionalism to the scene that is unrivalled. For their annual NYD London blowout, the Circus is taking over Brixton Academy and playing host to the recently crowned No #1 DJ in the world Mr. Seth Troxler. As if that wasn’t enough, Maceo Plex, David Squillace, Tania Vulcano and Clive Henry are all offering their talents in support. What a night this promises to be. Tickets are only available online from Ticketweb and instore at Phonica Records in Soho, London.
Midday – 11pm
Another year down, another successful year for Fuse. The celebrated Sunday party remains as one of the most popular in the capital, regularly attracting visitors from all across the continent and beyond. With as good a team of residents as you’ll find anywhere in the city, Fuse welcome Onur Ozer and Julain Perez to join the melee, two DJs who are revered and recognised scene-wide as being masters of their craft. Despite the move from the comforts of 93 Feet East to Village Underground, Fuse is surely one of the most reliable and enticing of all 2013 NYD options.
The Hydra: Electric Minds
6pm – 06am
If, for whatever reason, you want to keep things South of the river this NYD, then there are few better options than Electric Minds. With a jaw-dropping line-up spread across three rooms, you can ease yourself into 2013 accompanied by the sounds of Mosca, Levon Vincent, Will Saul, Henrik Schwarz and Jay Shepheard. Compared to the hyper-inflation on show on NYE, tickets are considerably cheap, and very much still available. This looks hard to turn down.