What’s on in Liverpool: New Year’s Eve
Written by Josh Aitman on 28th December 2016
Whether you’re looking to dance your way into 2017, looking for a more chilled spot to spend New Year’s with friends or don’t have a clue what to do with yourself; as we move into a fresh new year, happily waving goodbye to the traumatic experiences of 2016, we know the options can be overwhelming…
From the Melodic Distraction DJs laying it down in the Kazimier Gardens, to the infamous techno parties of 303 at Constellations or even the full theatrical experience that the Invisible Wind Factory has to offer, we’ve whittled it down to our top 7 spots you should consider this Saturday. Saving you the organisational nightmare that happens year-on-year and the potential let down of picking the wrong spot to raise your glass, we have it all in this definitive guide of what’s going down in Liverpool this New Year’s Eve…
The Kazimier Gardens w/ Melodic Distraction DJs + More..
If you’re down for an intimate affair at one of Liverpool’s best open air spots then head down to the Kazimier Gardens and celebrate NYE with copious amounts of mulled cider, live music and DJs; all kept cosy by the Garden’s signature fire pits. Featuring performances from AGP and Luna early on; followed by Melodic Distraction DJs from 10pm all the way through ’till 2am.
At only a fiver, it’s certainly one of your most affordable options this New Year and without a doubt a guaranteed lock out at less than 200 capacity. Be quick and get down fast; this is an “on the door” affair and once it’s full you’ll struggle to find anywhere with a similar price tag to spend your New Year’s Eve…
303 NYE Party with Dave Seaman – Constellations
Down in the Baltic Triangle, 303 are back for a second year running at our favourite spot in the city: Constellations. With their new winter garden in full swing, fully equipped with a wood guzzling, bespoke bonfire, it is the perfect venue for NYE. Whether you’re outside dancing around the fire or inside raising your hands to the music of Dave Seaman and the 303 crew, this is a guaranteed winner. Expect electronic music on the techno and house spectrums filling the warehouse and garden areas all way through to 4am.
Dave Seaman, co-owner of label, Selador Recordings, is known to be one of the true legends of electronic music, expressing true diversity through his releases and selections. Internationally-renowned and always keeping an eye on the future and next big thing, Dave Seaman makes sure the past stays in the past, fitting the demand for our ever-disposable club culture. While tickets are still on sale, this is a guaranteed sell-out, so we recommend grabbing yourself a spot in the crowd before it’s too late…
Hustle x Liverpool Disco Festival w/ Groove Assassin & Al Kent – Legion of Lost Souls
It’s been a groundbreaking year for the Hustle team; venturing into festival territory and bringing Liverpool its first ever disco festival. Featuring some of the biggest heavyweights in the game, including Louie Vega, Kon, Dimitri From Paris and not to mention live appearances from the legendary Odyssey, Liverpool Disco Festival proved far more than its worth in its first outing last October. Meanwhile, Hustle have also been conjuring up storms with their solo efforts, curating well thought out disco and house including the legendary Mood II Swing, John Morales and Sadar Bahar.
Back with one final get down, Hustle head honchos Jimmy Allen and James Morgan are firmly planting themselves down at Hardman Street’s newest venue; Legion of Lost Souls, as they invite disco-edit connoisseur Al Kent and Sheffield-based house veteran, Groove Assassin, to the dance. With Funktion One plugged in and 600 free tickets available before 11, it’s a guaranteed winner for any disco lover in town…
The Needle Exchange NYE Special – 24 Kitchen Street
Quickly becoming the place to spend the last Saturday of every month, The Needle Exchange is the perfect place to get down. Each month, a handful of DJs dig deeper into their collections, carefully selecting the best music to make the dancefloor move. Working through disco, funk, afro, latin, soul and everything in-between, if you’re looking for intimate vibes around like-minded music lovers, 24 Kitchen Street is your best bet this NYE. Featuring the No Fakin! crew, veterans of the Liverpool hip-hop game, this NYE special will be the perfect opportunity to catch them laying down an extended set which “promises to be an enchanted musical journey”. Expect a lock-out ’till the early hours. Free entry before 11pm, £5 thereafter…
Abandon Silence NYE with Dan Shake and Friends – Buyers Club
Only a year old and still but a child, Buyers Club has already laid down a marker as one of the top inner-city spots for food, music and all round entertainment. With chic decor and a perfect location, set back from the hustly-bustly Hardman Street, Buyers Club is not only convenient but cleverly tucked away, creating a nice intimate and seemingly private spot to spend New Year’s Eve, with those who know.
This year, owner Andrew Hill brings his hugely successful Abandon Silence party back to the Buyers Club – with Dan Shake, Rich Furness, Tom Lye, Andrew himself and Harry Sheehan to soundtrack New Year’s Eve for the lucky 200 who attend. Dan Shake’s reputation as a top-drawer producer and killer party-starter has grown from strength to strength over the last year, following a surprising release on Moodymann’s infamous Mahogani Music. Far from new to the Liverpool music scene, this will be Dan Shake’s third Liverpool appearance in one year and rightfully so. His seamless vinyl mixing and well thought out party sets are certainly worth your NYE choice. Expect house-fusion and disco from start to finish.
Kazimier NYE – Escape to Planet Kronos – Invisible Wind Factory
Last year, Liverpool lost one of its most iconic venues: The Kazimier. After its seemingly inequitable demolition, the Wohlstenhome Square patch paved the way for more pointless inner-city flats, causing a huge blow to the cultural heritage of the city. After nearly a decade of pioneering music and arts in Liverpool, The Kazimier team ended their adventure on Wolstenholme Square with one of their most extravagant and hedonistic creations: Kronos. With full fancy dress and serious attention to detail, the team created a portal into another dimension. Just check out the video to see how staggering their efforts were.
After grieving the loss of their spiritual home, the Kaz began work creating their new home on the North Shores. The Invisible Wind Factory was launched in September 2016, already hosting international DJs by way of Abandon Silence, ENRG and Red Bull Music Academy including Floating Points, Omar S and Moodymann. Other than attracting Liverpool’s largest event nights, the IVW also hosted the hugely outrageous Peaches concert as well as plenty of local talent including Hooton Tennis Club and Barberos. Looking forward, the IWF already have some immense shows in 2017 including the world tour of legendary Thundercat, until then, the true scope of this space is yet to be tested as the team take their ideas from last NYE and transform the whole space into a full on theatrical experience, exploring spaces you didn’t even know existed. While tickets are a little more pricey, they will be worth every penny. If you’re looking for a crazy end to the year then this is the place for you. Grab your tickets here:
Circus – Yousef 5 hours special – East Village Arts Club
If you’re down for getting your sweat on and piling into confined spaces to welcome in 2017 then Circus is the one for you. A New Year’s Eve debut, head honcho of Circus, Yousef, has yet to play a NYE party in his home town. Throwing out a five hour set, expect tech-house and techno in the cramped confines of the East Village Arts Club. Head over to Facebook where Yousef is running a competition to earn his midnight song of choice. If you throw out the best suggestion you may even be in with a chance of a free ticket. For those not brave enough to expose their guilty musical tastes, it’s Skiddle for you, but quick, tickets are on final release.