Hogmanay 2010/2011 clubbing highlights in Edinburgh and Glasgow
The best New Year's Eve club nights in Scotland
Hogmanay is the biggest night of the year in many clubbers’ calendars, and, as usual, crowds in Edinburgh are spoilt for choice. The Official Edinburgh Hogmanay Afterparty (HMV Picture House) will rock to the frenetic live show of electro-house heroes Booka Shade (pictured). Or for more big names try Colours, City & Broke present City of Edinburgh Hogmanay Party (City), where the hosts will be joined by drum & bass beasts Pendulum for a DJ set augmented by MC Verse.
Want something different? You can have lush Latin rhythms at the Departure Lounge Hogmanay Carnival (The Caves); the harsh techno attack of Surgeon and Neil Landstrumm headlining Substance NYE (The Store); the hard rap of Giggs at the Tipsy NYE Party (Base); the retro garage of The Kosher Pickles at The Go-Go Hogmanay Party (Studio 24) or just keep it indie with DJ sets from Tim Burgess (The Charlatans) and Adam Ficek (Babyshambles) at the Hogmanay Hijack (Liquid Room).
Among the homegrown options the big band swing and easy listening of Vegas! Grand Hogmanay Ball (Ocean Terminal) has become an Edinburgh institution; 25 local DJs will be playing out house, techno, electro at Karniva & Cabaret Voltaire’s TooManyDJsl (Cabaret Voltaire); Headspin Meets Mumbo Jumbo (The Bongo Club) will offer a mix up of funk, hip hop, house and much much more, or finally you could head to the funk mash-up monster that is Motherfunk vs She-Bang (The Voodoo Rooms).
In Glasgow Optimo Presents Hogmanay (Art School) will be an emotional affair, and will feature Twitch and Wilkes back at the scene of New Years past for the final time before the venue closes in the summer. Among the other biggest parties in the city will be Arches NYE (Arches), which has booked a DJ set from Pendulum and has guests including Kissy Sell Out, Clouds and Sei A, and Subculture NYE (Sub Club) with Lil’ Louis and Radio Slave.
Elsewhere, there’ll be fine DJs at Big Trouble in Little Warehouse (SWG3); a Cadenza label showcase at Tictactoe NYE (Templeton Carpet Factory); burlesque at Club Noir’s Hogmanay (Classic Grand) and indie bands and DJs at Pinup Nights’ Hogmanay Ball (Flying Duck). Disco-house club Melting Pot (Admiral Bar Basement) will welcome guests DJ Cosmo and Cottam, while the ever-reliable Numbers (Stereo) will feature all of the excellent house, techno, dubstep and UK funky night’s seven residents for the first time on the same bill.
Going out in Edinburgh this Hogmanay? RBS is supporting free bus travel home. Free Lothian Buses and First services will be running from Edinburgh’s Hogmanay Street Party along the major routes and leaving regularly between approximately 00.00 to 04.00am. Find out more information about routes and timetables.
Departure Lounge Hogmanay Bash
Another full blown world music jazz party as DL take over the Caves for another Hogmanay with live music from Orkestra del Sol, Soul Foundation and Edinburgh Samba School featuring MC Concious Route not forgetting DJ sets form Astroboy, Jiminez, Mr Zimbabwe and DJ Wastepicker. This is also the last Departure Lounge so…
Vegas! Grand Hogmanay Ball
The Vegas team return to host another Hogmanay party. Expect showgirls, big band tunes, swing, easy listening, cabaret and burlesque featuring all the usual glamorous shenanigans plus The Soul Foundation, Missy Malone, Gypsy Charms and the Vegas Revue.
The Edinburgh Hogmanay Afterparty
Musika once again present the aftershow with help from a few of their friends as Ultragroove and WeOwn bring the house. Plus a special guests Patrick Topping (Hot Creations) and Harri (Subculture).
Tipsy NYE Party
The R&B, urban and hip hop night steps it up a gear for Hogmanay with a guest set from Giggs and Fly Boyz.
Motherfunk vs She-Bang
Two floors and five rooms of the world's finest funk and soul from Edinburgh institution Motherfunk (Gino, Fryer and guests) with a bit of help from all girl DJ collective She-Bang and their mish-mash of excellent, eclectic tunage.
Club Noir's New Year’s Eve Burlesque
Two tartan-tinged burlesque shows at this reliable staple of the Glasgow scene, while DJ Loveless and David Stone play vintage and modern music. Dress up is actively encouraged, but no jeans or trainers.
Tictactoe presents Cadenza Records Showcase NYE
Back at the iconic old East End carpet factory which now houses the WEST Brewery for the second year running, house and techno night Tictactoe presents a massive party featuring Mendo and Lee Van Dowski from Luciano's Cadenza Records. Also appearing will be local heroes Affi Koman, Andrew Doran, Billy Woods, Hiro, Russell…
Pressure, Colours and Death Disco team up for a monstrous New Year special. Pendulum will be headlining with a drum & bass DJ set, with support from Kissy Sell Out, Clouds and Death Disco DJs Hushpuppy and Mingo-Go, and Sei A (Turbo Recordings), Harvey McKay, Edit Select, Animal Farm and Scot Byrne in the Pressure room.
Mumbo Jumbo & Headspin
The gang's back together for a Hogmanay special of funk, soul, hip hop, electro, house and anything else Allan Dunbar, Steve Austin, Colin Millar, Dava and Trendy Wendy can mix into their New year set as Headspin returns to the Bongo.
Sub Club NYE
One of Glasgow's most legendary venues ends the year and starts the next, partying like they mean to go on. This year's very special guests will be Lil' Louis and Radio Slave, alongside the full Subculture residents contingent of Harri, Domenic, Junior, Telford and Esa. It's an extra late license too.
The Go-Go & Green Door Hogmanay Party!
A retro Hogmanay in the hands of The Go-Go with their mix of soul, 60s beat, mod, garage and pop from Tall Paul and Big Gus with live music from Les Bof! playing a special 'party set' of covers. Not forgetting the rockabilly sounds of Green Door upstairs.
Have an indie Hogmany in the company of DJs Tim Burgess (The Charlatans) and Adam Ficek (Babyshambles).
Karnival & Cabaret Voltaire's Hogmanay with TooManyDJs
They're not joking as 25 of the Cab's best DJs from 10 of it's best clubs take over all three rooms with names from Karnival, Bedbug, Fuse, Sugarbeat and many more playing out house, electro, breaks, tecno, dubstep and beyond.