Night: North LDN NYE - Party Like It's 1799
Written by: Violet Myers
It’s the end of the year. Diets, exercise regimes and other horrific resolutions are just around the corner, waiting to spoil all your fun. It’s the final night of the year to drink until you can’t see, smoke until you’re hoarse and stay out far past your bed time. Squeeze that post-Christmas body into your glad rags and discover what North London has to offer. Adios 2015, it’s been a ball!
Applebum – The Garage
20-22 Highbury Corner, N5 1RD
Nearest Tube: Highbury & Islington
What’s the Vibe?: This New York Players Ball themed throw down is going to get as bouncy as a Cadillac with hydraulics.
What dem tunes?: Old School RnB and Hip Hop.
Bling Bling?: With super early bird tickets at just £5 you could afford to bring the whole posse, the lads at the bowls club will be thrilled!
Fight for your right to party?: Open until 4am.
Dress Code: Wear your dancing shoes, someone’s bound to request you ‘Jump Around’ about 90 times.
New Year Eve’s Masquerade Ball – Proud Camden
The Horse Hospital, Stables Market Chalk Farm Road,
Nearest Tube: Chalk Farm
What’s the Vibe?: A glam affair with burlesque performers (butt naked ladies!) a three course sit down meal and all night dancing.
What Dem Tunes?: Commercial pop.
Bling Bling?: £89 – £129…may have to lease the hummer.
Fight for your right to party?: High class nudity until 4am.
Dress Code: Dress for the millionaire husband/wife/lover/significant other you know you want.
EGG LDN NYE – Egg London
200 York Way, N7 9AX
Nearest Tube: Caledonian Road
What’s the Vibe?: An eclectic mix of serious dancing in this multi-room maze of hedonism.
What dem tunes?: Dust off your big fish, your small fish and your cardboard box it’s techno and trance all night long.
Bling Bling?: Just £15 for early bird tickets.
Fight for your right to party?: Egg obviously doesn’t fancy going home any time soon, lights don’t come back on until 12pm on New Year’s Day!
Dress Code: Dress for a sweaty, energetic marathon. Sweatbands and running shoes? Singlets and shorts?
80’s VS 90’s VS Silent Disco – The Dome
178 Junction Road,Tufnell Park, N19 5QQ
Nearest Tube: Tufnell Park
What’s the Vibe?: The 80’s and 90’s will be beating the living shit out of each other all night at this campy all night romp. Why can’t we all get along?
What dem tunes?: The Spice Girls will have Pulp in a headlock, while Freddie Mercury watches.
Bling Bling?: £10 Early bird.
Fight for your right to party?: Open until 4am, let the bloodbath begin!
Dress Code: Fake mohawk’s, blow-up guitars and other highly flammable items are a must.
Mex Flex – Barrio North
45 Essex Road, N1 2SF
Nearest Tube: Angel
What’s the Vibe?: Mexican, silly and colourful. Think Frida Kahlo in a wet t-shirt contest.
What dem tunes?: DJ Oliver Knight serving up monster mashups.
Bling Bling?: £15 early bird, more on the door.
Fight for your right to party?: Starting at 8pm and ending at 4am, plenty of time to unleash your bad self and still be back before sun up.
Dress Code?: Lucha lycra or full mariachi, with free moustaches on the door can you afford not to in this economy?
Club de Fromage + Burn Down the Disco’s NYE Shindig – O2 Academy
Centre 16 Parkfield St, N1 OPS
Nearest Tube: Angel
What’s the Vibe?: Whip out that brie and turn your dad dancing up to 11, it’s going to be a cheese fest.
What dem tunes?: Pop classics transcending through the decades.
Bling Bling?: £20 early bird.
Fight for your right to party?: Starts at half ten and finishes at four am. A good six or so hours to Macarena your way into the new year dozens of times.
Dress Code: Costumes encouraged, try either Jabba the Hut or Ann Widdecombe to accommodate post-Christmas bodies.
New Years Eve with the Herbaliser DJ – The Silver Bullet
5 Station Place, Finsbury Park, N4 2DH
Nearest Tube: Finsbury Park
What’s the Vibe?: A bohemian funky, jazzy mix of live acts and DJs.
What Dem Tunes?: A fusion of ska, punk, stoner rock, jungle. It’s a music genre orgie!
Bling Bling?: £10 Early Bird.
Fight for your right to party?: Shaking tail feathers until 6am.
Dress Code: It’s a casual affair, novelty Christmas onesies at the ready.
Photo source for Proud Galleries Camden by JeHu68
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