Article: New Year's Day is the new New Year's Eve
I recently wrote an article on New Year's Day parties overtaking New Year's Eve parties in the clubbing stakes for Time Out. Read the original article here or see below.
New Year's Day is the new New Year's Eve
Fed up of expensive and crowded New Year's Eve parties? You don't have to remortgage your house to celebrate the biggest night of the year. Clubbing editor Kate Hutchinson discovers that the low-key alternatives are on New Year's Day instead
Hiked-up ticket prices. Overstuffed venues. The constant crushing pressure to HAVEASMUCHFUNASPOSSIBLE while spending most of your night queueing to get in, or for the bar, or for the toilet. It can only be Your New Year's Eve Night Out. Sound familiar? You are not alone. But, while there are some fantastic New Year's Eve parties this year that will be predictably popular with masses of Londoners, there is an increasing supply of other options too, notably on New Year's Day. They offer a low-key and less forced alternative, often with a chance to see DJs from the night before in far more sympathetic surroundings.
Mulletover's Rob Star is bringing legendary Ibiza bash and bank holiday fixture Circo Loco back to London on New Year's Day - and tickets have already sold out. 'Anyone who has been to a Circo Loco party in Ibiza knows that they're one of the best parties in the world,' he says. 'New Year's Day is the perfect day for them. It's not really a Saturday night party, it's where you get people who are saving themselves for something less mainstream.'
Geddes, a Mulletover resident, is echoing this sentiment at his own exclusive-feeling New Year's Day?party, No Fit State, the first of which last year he calls 'a little too successful'. 'It's an opportunity for me and my friends to really celebrate the New Year together, and at a small party without the big-club vibe,' he says. 'It's not about charging NYE prices, it's just about getting really off your head and having a good time.'
Nor is it neccessarily about being just another New Year's Eve after-party, starting early on Saturday morning. The new clutch of nights are special events in themselves. Says Star: 'There have always been a lot of parties on New Year's Day, whether after-parties or daytime things, but I'm definitely seeing more this year, and ones that are starting later. Everyone is saying that they're not going to go out on New Year's Eve, or that they're going to do something a bit quieter. It seems that New Year's Day is the new New Year's Eve.'
Meanwhile, Bugged Out!'s New Year's Day bash at the Old Queen's Head pub in Islington has become an institution in itself. It's has always been popular with discerning party people since it started life eight years ago, not least because it's a chance to see some of the biggest and best DJs in the capital (including Erol Alkan and Mylo in previous years) spin alternative sets for free.
'Last year's was the best one yet - people were queuing from about 3pm to get in,' says Bugged Out! head honcho John 'Johnno' Burgess. 'They're like big house parties: the ground floor is more for chatting and catching up with friends and the upstairs for dancing - and it's all about pop, disco, yacht rock and some classic house.'
So what else is on offer? Predictably, there's plenty of house and techno, whether WetYourSelf's three-room whopper at Fabric, or Zombies, Prologue and Mimo who team up for techy house shenanigans at East Village. Meanwhile, newcomer Hybridlife is putting on another of its underground showcases at Red Gallery, and Cargo presents a great soundclash between Black Rabbit and devilishly glamorous soirée Caligula.
Even Ministry of Sound's New Year's Day offering, We Love…, looks tastier than their preceding night, with sets from James Zabiela, Simian Mobile Disco and Joris Voorn. And it's not just hedonistic electronic beats that get a look in: for hip hop and Afro-influenced sounds, New Year's Eve Lick and Moonlighting is an annual showstopper, and the pub all-dayer at The London Fields is presenting a freebie line-up of local disco floor-firers.
Whichever way you choose to see in the New Year (maybe you'll go clubbing for the whole Christmas period!) the start of 2011 is going to be one heck of a party beast.