Words by Ian Pennington
That final big decision of the calendar year is imminent – where in the city are you going to find yourself singing ‘Auld Lang Syne’?
One of the biggest headline-grabbers is at the Albert Hall. Squeeze into the recently re-opened Grade II listed Wesleyan chapel with a couple of thousand others the re-enact the 80s acid house Haçienda days to keep that trademark smiley logo grinning and gurning.
Revolver is a safe bet at any time of the year, so multiply that by the widespread enthusiasm of seeing that final digit on the date tick over once more, and you’ll have a dancefloor busier than Piccadilly Circus – but with fewer top hats and suits, and more of the flower power verve of the swinging 60s. Imagine the Austin Powers introduction sequence but with less well-ironed choreography and with Deaf Institute’s funkily patterned wallpaper.
On the live circuit, a night out of town at Fuel Café will be soaked in both Gregorian champagne and reverberating guitars. MCR Scenewipe’s Midnight Kiss isn’t a promise, but at the very least your ears will be hugged by the one-off covers-band indulgence of two local faves: Nasdaq (performing as Daq Sabbath) and Temple Songs (performing as Teens of the Stone Age).
Also out of town is a Golden Egg hip hop social, with many of the best local MCs and producers muscling in on their line-up at Fallow Café (formerly Trof). Elsewhere on the hip hop frontier, the Pub and Zoo play host to a Hit & Run night featuring Ape Cult, Danny Drive Thru and Jonny Dub.
If you’ve not yet had your fill of cheese this year, then Brutus Gold will be happy to oblige by hosting the Love Train at the Mercure Hotel. Pull those flares from the back of your wardrobe for a night of camp 70s disco floor-filling boogies.
Among the best of the rest, head to Islington Mill for a suitably debauched all-nighter with a Future Party theme, we hear there are still tickets available for the penultimate Warehouse Project night of the Autumn/Winter run, the uber grooving funky disco heads at Audio Farm have fenced off the new Bassment venue as a jive-only zone, the Wet Play DJs are soundtracking the Soup Kitchen basement, or if you’re looking after the pennies then roll up to a double-venue shindig across Oldham Street, with Gullivers and The Castle Hotel both waiving any entry fee.
See you in 2014.