From parties to comedy and free firework fun, we’ve got everyone covered
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Get the party started
Pure Garage at Albert Hall (from £28.30) to Love 90s R&B at Manchester Academy (£16.50)...there’s a party for every genre this New Years’ Eve. Me Gusta at Night & Day (from £5) will be serving up a cocktail of afrobeat, Latin, disco, funk and electronica from across the globe while Salt Sweat Sugar at Retro Bar (from £7) will be playing chart-toppers from hip-hop to pop (completely with sugary sustenance to keep that adrenaline pumping til’ countdown and beyond.)
Over at O2 Ritz, it’s all big hair and big tunes as Ultimate Power (£16.50) blasts out the ballads, while Refuge invites you to Come As You Are (from £15) for a night of funk, drag and fabulous vibes. Homoelectric at YES (£21.70) promises to be the North’s leading LGBT party and, for something a little different, Vanitas’ Masquerade Party (from £22.25) will see fire dancers and sax - swap your ticket for a mask on entry.
Like your parties with added philanthropy? Mr Scruff’s Keep it Unreal and So Flute Party at Band on the Wall (£22.50) will be giving 50% of proceeds to local charity Reach Out to the Community. Or want a shindig that saves you money? The Pen & Pencil’s knees-up with DJ Sam Flanagan is completely free of charge.
Raves to rave about
Fir those who like their countdowns full throttle, Gorilla’s Lost in Wonderland (from £16.50) will see over 700 people descend ‘down the rabbit hole’ for a seven-hour Alice in Wonderland-inspired extravaganza - and there’s more fantastical frolics over at Bowlers with ‘the most colourful rave in Europe,’ (from £23.28) complete with magical lanterns and mesmerising visuals.
There’s house and techno til 4am at Hidden’s annual NYE special (from £8.50) while The Hacienda NYE at Viadux (from £22.25) will feature a myriad of DJs who helped shape the legendary club over 15 years. Finally, the Warehouse Project’s NYE finale (from £38.50) promises a lineup of household names including Annie Mac, Groove Armada and Rudimental.
Not a party animal? Want to celebrate with the family? There are still plenty of ways to welcome in 2020, not least Manchester’s free annual firework spectacular – this year taking place outside Manchester Cathedral. There’ll also be fireworks at Bridgewater Hall’s NYE gala (from £35), along with a rousing concert of uplifting classics from the Manchester Concert Orchestra.
Alternatively, round off 2019 with a good guffaw. Both Frog & Bucket (from £39) and The Comedy Store (from £25, £35 inc after-show party) will be hosting NYE specials, with the Frog even putting on a ‘fake New Year’s Eve’ (30th December, from £20) for those who can’t make the real one.
Finally, if it’s New Year’ dining you’re after, keep an eye out for our special food and drink roundup coming soon…