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UK New Year's parties - The South

Still haven't sorted out your plans for New Year? This is for you...

New Year's Eve is nearly upon us, the most hyped-up night of the year where you're so spoilt for choice that chances are you haven't actually made a decision yet. Well if you just read that and nodded, then this is for you. We've sifted through the festivities happening across the country and picked out the ten best parties for you to choose from. So have a read and get booking, because no one wants to start 2015 down their local. First up we've got the five best parties going on down South...

Born Electric

WHERE | Brighton, Audio
WHEN | Wednesday, 31st December 2014 (New Year's Eve)
WHO | James Zabiela, Maribou State, Pedestrian, A1 Bassline
TIME | 22:00 - 6:00

Tickets: £25

This little club on Brighton's seafront has a well-earned reputation for attracting some of the industry's finest DJs to the South coast, and this New Year's Eve is no different. British talent James Zabiela will be bringing his Born Electric label to Audio to see in the New Year, a chance to see the Southampton boy in a much more intimate setting than his We Love sets at Space. Joining him will be soulful house duo Mairbou State and Pedestrian, who released his second EP on Zabiela's imprint, Drop Bear, earlier this year. All this, plus a lovely view of the beach to greet you when you leave - think Bora after Sankeys, only slightly (*severely) colder.

London Warehouse Events

WHERE | London, Tobacco Dock
WHEN | Thursday, 1 January 2015 (New Year's Day)
WHO | Maya Jane Coles, Art Department, The Martinez Brothers, Heidi, Guti.
TIME | 12:00 – 22:30

Tickets: Sold Out


WHERE | Renaissance Rooms, London

WHEN | Thursday 1st January (NYD)

WHO | Maya Jane Coles, Heidi, Kim Ann Foxman (B2B2B), Deetron, Dense & Pika.

TIME | 22:00 - 06:00

Tickets: £30 +

Don't spend January 1st thinking up resolutions you're never going to stick to, spend it at one of the many parties taking full advantage of the bank holiday! If you're seeing in the New Year in the Capital then head to Tobacco Dock on New Year's Day for its legendary all-dayer. Promoting royalty London Warehouse Events are bringing an Ibiza-worthy stack of talent to the East London venue to soundtrack your day, including Maya Jane Coles, Heidi, Art Department and The Martinez Brothers to name just a few. So whether you want a quirky alternative to going all-out on New Year's Eve, or you're looking for an after party that's going to rival the night itself, Tobacco Dock has got you covered.

Not forgettign the afterparty with a very special back to ack to back session - for the first time - from Maya Jane Coles, Heidi and Kim Ann Foxman, with deetron and more joining in the fun.

In:Motion presents Shapes

WHERE | Bristol, Motion
WHEN | Thursday, 1 January 2015 (New Year's Day)
WHO | Magda, Dixon, George Fitzgerald, Route 94, Catz 'n' Dogz, Waifs & Strays, Shape DJs.
TIME | 18:00 – 2:00

Tickets: £22.50

Bristol promoter In:Motion has two events lined up to see in 2015, but it's their New Year's Day plans that have really got us excited. Taking over Motion Skate Park, they've got one of the most impressive line-ups we've seen yet, headed up by your newly crowned favourite DJ of the year, Dixon. Joining the Resident Advisor poll winner will be the likes of Magda, George FitzGerald and Route 94, ensuring you start your year as you mean to go on: with great music, obviously.

Half Baked NYE Special Fancy Dress

WHERE | London
WHEN | Wednesday, 31 December 2014 (New Year's Eve)
WHO | Margaret Dygas, Le Loup, Greg Brockmann, Robin Ordell.
TIME | 22:00 – 06:00


WHERE | London, Number 90 Bar
WHEN | Thursday, 1 January 2015 (New Year's Day)
WHO | Seuil, Le Loup, Robin Ordell & Special Guest.
TIME | 10:00 – 16:00

Tickets: £20/£30

Can't decide between partying on NYE or NYD? Well why settle with just one? Half Baked, the record label famed for its Sunday daytime parties, is throwing a mammoth 18 hour, ‘flower power' themed celebration. Half Baked will be taking over a warehouse in Hackney Wick for the countdown, with the likes of Margaret Dygas, Le Loup and Greg Brockmann behind the decks, before heading over to Number 90 Bar to do what they do best and party on through the day. For those of you missing those Tuesday nights in Pacha dressed in your grooviest hippy gear, this one's for you.

Day One Festival

WHERE | Birmingham, Digbeth
WHERE | Thursday, 1 January 2015 (New Year's Day)
WHO | MK, Mathias Tanzmann, Davide Squillace, Huxley, Waze & Odyssey, DeWalta, Seb Zito, Rossko, Leftwing & Kody, Samu,l, Lauren Lo Sung, Case & Affect, Jakkin Rabbit.
TIME | 12:00 – 01:00

Tickets: £30

If you're pining after the festival season, there's no need to wait until summer - just get yourself to Birmingham on New Year's Day for the mammoth Day One Festival. In its second year, the 13 hour celebration sees thousands of music lovers descend on the city, taking over an entire street, a carpark and two huge warehouses – easily making this the biggest event on our list. Top of the bill they've got American house phenomenon MK, and joining him will be DC10 residents Davide Squillace and Matthias Tanzmann, Fuse's Seb Zito and Rossko, as well as Huxley, Wave & Odyssey and DeWalta. Roll on 2015!

WORDS | Joanna Wright

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