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Where to spend New Year’s Eve in Hackney and Islington

PUBLISHED: 09:41 18 December 2015 | UPDATED: 14:21 18 December 2015

Club de Fromage

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Alex Bellotti rounds up some of the best nights across north and east London, ranging from Tarantino fancy dress to sugar-fuelled pop, funk and soul.

Shacklewell Arms. Picture: Carolina FaruoloShacklewell Arms. Picture: Carolina Faruolo

In Hackney Wick, Percolate are bringing their signature NYE knees up to Shapes once again, featuring the likes of Floating Points, Levon Vincent, Tama Sumo and Krywald & Farrer. Expect bunting, balloons, disco balls aplenty inside the massive warehouse space, with the night continuing into their Breakfast Club afterparty at the Pickle Factory. Visit shapeshackney.com

The ever-present Club de Fromage are at the Islington O2 near Angel station, this year teaming up with Burn Down The Disco for a whole roster of pop, rock, indie, soul and rock & roll. Across two rooms, giant balloon drops, confetti cannons and giveaways will all be on hand to ensure it’s a night of premier cheese pop. Visit clubdefromage.com

The Macbeth will be hosting a Tarantino-themed night. Picture: British Film InstituteThe Macbeth will be hosting a Tarantino-themed night. Picture: British Film Institute

If your dancing is closer to John Travolta in Pulp Fiction than Saturday Night Fever, head down to Dalston’s The Victoria, where they’re celebrating all things Tarantino. With musical support from Sunta Templeton (Radio X) and Liam Young (The Devil’s Dinner Party), dress to impress as your favourite Tarantino character, whether that involves The Bride’s jumpsuit or a take on the Inglourious Basterds. Visit jaguarshoes.com/venue/the-victoria

It’s been a big 12 months for Jungle, so what better way for the group to wind down the year than with a DJ set at Oval Space out by Cambridge Heath? Joining them at Hidden Depths NYE will be Eton Messy, Doc Daneeka, Eliphino, Makeness and Waverley as they explore the outer limits of modern dance music. Visit ovalhouse.com

Hieroglyphic Being will appear at Cafe Oto. Picture: Celesete SlomanHieroglyphic Being will appear at Cafe Oto. Picture: Celesete Sloman

Fresh off their UK tour, electronic duo Bondax are heading up the roster at Old Street’s XOYO with their unique blend of house, post-dubstep, R&B, and garage. They’ll be joined by jackin’ house spinner Chris Lorenzo, who’ll be stepping in for the countdown with his hybrid bassline sounds. Visit xoyo.co.uk

Escape the cold for some warmer vibes at Shoreditch’s Village Underground, who are throwing a tropical New Year’s party with the help of 6music DJ Gilles Peterson and Quintic. Hyperdub legends Kode 9 and LV will be keeping the night ticking until 6am, assisted by the rare MC talents of Illaman. Visit villageunderground.co.uk

A celebration of R&B and hip hop culture, Applebum are returning to the Garage in Highbury for the final leg of their four part winter residency. Known for their eclectic slant on classic R’n’B and hip-hop, Applebum DJs Little Prince, J-train, Mister Bounce and Queen Shi-Shi will be dusting off their old school jams for one of the finest throwback parties to be found across London. Visit thegaragehighbury.com


Don your best black tie garments for a classy night at the Piano Works in Farringdon. Looking back to the days of swing music and Charleston jives, the Victorian listed warehouse is making the most of two grand pianos, drums, guitar, horn and backing singers, who will only be performing songs requested by the audience before a DJ takes the music into late night. Visit pianoworks.bar

After debuting with a sold out show at The Coronet last year, Analog are coming to King’s Cross’s Scala for a huge night which combines great new producers with DJs who are regular faces on London’s weekend circuit. Across a number of rooms, there’ll be no shortage of house, techno and disco with acts including Shenin Amara & AR, Glandular Fever and Sam Supplier. Visit scala.co.uk

From 42nd Street to the creative hotbed of Brooklyn, Shacklewell Arms are escaping their Dalston roots to pay homage to New York City, with playlists featuring The Ramones, Blondie, The Beastie Boys and LCD Soundsystem. Fancy dress awards will champion the best NYC lookalike, while prizes for their annual beerpong championship will offer Field Day 2016 tickets and records from Black Wax. Visit shacklewellarms.com

The Macbeth in Hoxton will be spinning top hip hop and R&B inspired by the queen of pop, Beyonce. Across three floors, Flawless will be drawing upon Destiny’s Child, Jay Z, Kanye West for a night so hot, you better put a ring on it. Visit themacbeth.co.uk

Descend into the depths of the Book Club in Shoreditch to discover a lavish tomb replete with golden gifts, scarab beetles and sarcophaguses. For one night only, the venue will be going Egyptian, aside from a soundtrack featuring some of the best dance music around with the likes of headliners Wayward and support from Reg Naylor and The NVWLS. Visit wearetbc.com

There are sweet pickings to be had at the Oslo in Hackney Central, whose Valhalla Candy Shop is bringing a host of treats to satisfy not only your tastebuds, but your earholes too. Join them for a sugar-fuelled trip of pick ‘n’ mix, cocktails, classic hip-hop and R&B, disco, funk and soul across three rooms. Visit oslohackney.com

A pioneer in the slippery fields of dance, industrial and house music, Chicago’s Hieroglyphic Being will be flying in especially for a six hour DJ set at Dalston’s Café Oto. One of the most unhinged and adventurous artists working in electronic music today, his infamous unpredictability should make for an unforgettable start to 2016. Visit cafeoto.co.uk


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