The best New Year's Day parties in the UK

New Year's Eve gets all the attention, but the following day is where the hardcore straight-through-no-brew crew shine

Skiddle Staff

Last updated: 27th Dec 2019

Here you are, teetering on the precipice of the year, staring straight into the mysterious depths of a new decade. The bells toll, the midnight fireworks light up the sky, it's 2020.

So ok you're carrying a bit of extra weight and the return of the working week looms heavy in the back of your mind, but chin up, you've got new underwear on and there's a whole Terry's Chocolate Orange waiting in the fridge.

There's a moment of realisation... it's not over yet. It doesn't have to be over. Put that (no doubt catastrophic) hangover on hold and head off into the first bank holiday of the year.

New Year's Eve may get all the attention, but New Year's Day is where you'll find the hardcore straight-through-no-brew crew.

We've collected together the best of the UK's New Year's Day parties, for those who just aren't willing to go home (we salute you).

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GLAS present's New Year's Day - The Circus / Lab11, Birmingham

Birmingham's best warehouse venue, Lab11, will host seasoned party throwers GLAS on January 1st for a sensory overloading event featuring 'performers, acrobats, entertainers, mind-bending production, decor & special FX'.

Join renowned, floor-filling American DJ and producer Marc Kinchen (otherwise known as MK) alongside a selection of the world's biggest (but yet to be announced) DJs for a spectacular nine hour rave.

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New Year's Day (All Day Long) / Depot Mayfield, Manchester

NYD raves don't come much bigger than the WHP - who'll be going hard inside their monumental new home, Depot Mayfield, for ten hours from 2pm to midnight.

The beefy line-up this NYD includes Maceo Plex, Helena Hauff, George Fitzgerald, Seth Troxler, Octa Octa, Joy Orbison, Folamour, Krysko and more across three stages: the Archive, the Concourse and the Depot.

This one is sure to be up there with the best of the best NYD parties.

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Ellen Alien with Janina / E1, London

The BPitch Control boss and techno heavyweight will be playing a five hour, no holds barred set inside one of the capital's most esteemed clubbing venues, E1, on NYD.

Running from 10pm to 6am, E1's long-standing resident Janina will join the Berlin-based We Are Not Alone curator on the night, as the veteran German DJ spins a hypnotic web of 'Berlin techno, acid, freak jack slammers and classics'.


MiNT presents Hannah Wants / Mint Warehouse, Leeds

Renowned bass music aficionado and self-taught DJ Hannah Wants will appear at Leeds' multi-room MiNT Warehouse on New Year's Day, taking control of the main room alongside DJs Jess Bays and Tom Shorterz.

The event, starting at 9pm and ending at 5am, will also see two of Leeds' most esteemed clubbing outfits, Untold Sound and Healthy Minds, coming together to throw a party of epic proportions.


Skream / Barras Art & Design, Glasgow

One of the UK's most admired and eclectic selectors Skream will bring the party to BAad in Glasgow this NYD, staging a mammoth seven hour set as part of his 'Open to Close' tour.

Taking in shows across the globe, from Dublin to New York, the in-demand London-based DJ will grace the glorious atrium of Barras Art and Design venue with a mixture of carefully curated audial treats.

This one promises to be a special night in a unique setting with a top class talent.


Let It Bleed x New Year's Day: Patrick Topping & more / Unit 51, Aberdeen

Tech house DJ/producer and Man of the Moment Patrick Topping will appear at Aberdeen's multi-purpose event space, Unit 51, for a special Let It Bleed NYD party.

The award-winning DJ - known for his contemporary productions and high profile collaborations with the likes of Green Velvet, Calvin Harris and Booka Shade - will headline the 10pm-3am event, with support coming from fellow house and techno enthusiasts Alex Virgo and Test Press.



All Good: New Year's Day with Patrick Topping / Mono, Dundee

Can't get enough of Topping? Then you can follow the workhorse DJ 70 miles south on NYD to see the northern powerhouse close out All Good's New Year's Day party at one of Dundee's best nightclubs, Mono.

Supporting the TRICK label honcho, guests will also see sets from Alex Virgo, Prospa, Van D, Ethan Bell, Young Smökie and more yet to be announced.


Looking for something else? Skiddle has the UK's largest New Year's guide with over 1200 events up and down the country - click here to take a look


Image credit: O2 Victoria Warehouse

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