There’s a widely held misconception that New Year’s Eve is the worst night of the year, but we think that it’s only people who haven’t planned ahead that say such a thing.
Those of us who know what we’re doing know the deal: book early, get it locked in your diary and sit back while others scramble around looking for something to do.
With that in mind, now that Halloween is a distant memory, it’s about time to look ahead to the final part of an admittedly pretty terrible year. Below is a selection of our favorites that you can book now to avoid being left out in the cold this NYE.
BENEATH THE BAOBABS – NEW YEARS REVIVAL
As of 2020, the Beneath the Baobabs Festival (formerly known as Kilifi New Year Festival) has evolved into 3 days of diverse music, immersive art, and fresh cultural experience with 60+ artists and performers across 5 stages, culminating in the burning of a large wooden sculpture, symbolizing new beginnings and our shared optimism for a brighter future; bringing together the community of Kilifi and festival-goers from Kenya and East Africa.
As the festival exploded in popularity and outgrew its original location on Kilifi Creek, the team, vision, and dreams also expanded. A new home was found beneath a magical Baobab forest at the source of the emerald Takaungu Creek: Beneath the Baobabs – a magical destination event space and the new home for the Kilifi New Year Festival, renamed Beneath the Baobabs Festival.
Few British cities can claim as important a role in the history of bass music as Sheffield, arguably the birthplace of bassline with the iconic and sadly long-closed club Niche it’s spiritual home. And the legacy lives on through Bassfest, with both the summer festival and New Year’s Eve party showcasing the vibrant scene’s heaviest hitters, from bassline to garage, to DnB and beyond.
When & Where: 18:00 – 04:00, 31 December 2021; Sheffield, UK
FCKNYE Festival – Bruxelles
Not many event organisers are as no-nonsense in their commitment to throwing a high octane, genre-spanning New Year’s Eve party as the team being FCKNYE. For the Brussels flagship, the 12-hour rave will feature heavy-hitters from the worlds of techno, hardcore, hip-hop and house.
When & Where: 18:00 – 06:00, 31 December 2021; Brussels, Belgium
Portuguese clubbing institutions Fuse Records and Neopop join forces for a very special end-of-year party in the country’s capital, doing what they do best. The 10-hour dance music marathon will take over Pavilhao 2 of the Feira Internacional de Lisboa, showcasing a lineup of DJs which reflect both brand’s commitment to the electronic underground.
When & Where: 22:00 – 08:00, 31 December; Lisbon, Portugal
COGO presents Tobacco Dock NYE
London’s only indoor festival this New Year’s Eve, broadcast live to the nation on Kiss no less. It’s sure to be a raucous affair with Bradford’s hottest property the Bad Boy Chiller Crew bringing their renegade spirit to the capital, alongside a selection of other stars from the worlds of DnB, house, bassline and beyond.
For those that fancy doing it all again the next day, Tobacco Dock also plays host to London’s biggest NYD party as LWE bring Enzo Siragusa, Loco Dice and Hot Since 82 along for the ride.
When & Where: 19:00 – 02:00, 31 December; London, UK
One Nation NYE
Drum and bass is the order of the evening as the One Nation brand rolls into Bournemouth on England’s south coast for a two-room DnB extravaganza featuring a handful of fan-favourites from the scene, including headliners SaSaSaS.
When & Where: 21:00 – 05:00, 31 December; Bournemouth, UK
Culture: A Destination Festival
For those looking to commit to something a little bit special to usher in the new year, then new destination festival Culture could be the way to go. The immersive event combines music, comedy, arts, food, fashion, hair, culture and more across a week in the beautiful surroundings of Ocho Rios on the north coast of Jamaica.
When & Where: 30 December 2021 – 4 January 2022; Ocho Rios, Jamaica