2016 has been labelled the year of death by many, whether mourning the passing of musicians – from Bowie to Prince, via Sharon Jones, Leonard Cohen and Phife Dawg – or on the wrong side of the year’s big votes. But its end is nigh and everyone knows that all will return to whence it was before someone started this year’s game of Jumanji. In other words, death x death = life. But where will you celebrate this reincarnation of the calendar? Here’s our roundup of December 31st’s prime pickings to help you avoid staying in with Jools Holland.
A strong starter for reincarnation is at Night & Day Cafe, who’re reliving the early noughties New Rock Revolution by creaming out The Strokes’ back catalogue all night. Don’t tell the New York City Cops.
Generic Greeting Collective are controlling the reins at Common: Szajna and Big Peace turn tables and table turns on the Northern Quarter bar’s turntables. This one’s free entry, with a suggested £2 donation to local homeless charity The Mustard Tree.
Another fundraising hellraiser is over the Irwell at Islington Mill. The pivotal arts hive is hoping to patch up the holes in their roof with the proceeds from a good old-fashion Gregorian cyclical knees-up in drag and droll from Cvnt Traxxx to Joyce D’Vision.
Soup Kitchen continue the LGBT theme by inviting the alt-culture queerdos at Kiss Me Again, whose record collection spans the electronic realm from disco to house.
Band on the Wall‘s capable jazz hands have secured the upbeat vibes of The Haggis Horns. DJ support has been confirmed from resident funk/jazz/soul aficionados Jamie Groovement and Jonny Shire.
Deaf Institute goes wild across all three floors, firing off the big guns in their resident DJing arsenal, Girls On Film, You Dig? and Juicy. As ever with these cats, the venue will be purring with funky soul, 80s disco and hip hop grooves.
Elsewhere, there are headlining appearances for free running young heart Candi Staton (Albert Hall), drum & bass behemoth Andy C (Gorilla) and a Stevie Wonder special edition of Howling Rhythm (Ruby Lounge).
Wherever you go and whatever you do, here’s to 2017.