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Top 5 New Year’s Eve Events in Manchester

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In a city nicknamed ‘Madchester’, where partying is practically a national sport, figuring out where to stamp your feet this New Year’s Eve is only a problem in the sense that there is just too much to choose from. For your sake (and ours), we’ve waded through the thicket of Manny NYE events and chosen our Top 5 to see you in to 2018.

Night People: The Empty Room vs. Howling Rhythm

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New on the scene, late-night venue Night People has already begun making its mark on the Northern city’s clubbing scene, having blared brilliant tunes of both old and new with its bi-monthly Northern Soul knees-up, as well as regular gigs from up–and-coming UK talent. Their New Year’s Eve party will be in line with their rock ‘n’ roll vibes as they invite a live performance from one of Manchester’s best new acts, The Big Peach, as well as a head to head DJ set from Howling Rhythm and The Empty Room. Howling Rhythm will no doubt be spinning some of their crate digger’s collection of Motown, Soul and 60s punk as they bump fists with The Empty Room who’ll be revving up some delicious alternative, rock and psychedelic records. Who wins? You decide.

This event takes place 7pm-4am and tickets are currently £6 inc. booking fee. Night People is located at 105 Princess St, Manchester, M1 6DD.

Band on the Wall: Keep It Unreal NYE

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The once local brewery turned multi-award-winning music venue has been host to some of the city’s most notable musicians, including Buzzcocks, Joy Division and Simply Red’s Mick Hucknall. No-one quite knows when Band on the Wall started hosting musicians - all they know is that it’s now an iconic hub of diverse talent. This NYE, Mr Scruff (who has become a somewhat permanent fixture in the venue with a residency which would be legally old enough to drink by now) will get the crowd sliding across the dancefloor with an eclectic mix of funk, disco, house, afrobeat, jazz and hip hop. He’ll be bringing with him MC Kwasi, popularly known for his work with Mungos Hi-Fi, for a ruckus night of NYE merriment.

This event takes place 10pm-4am and tickets are currently £28 inc. booking fee. Band on the Wall is located at 25 Swan St, M4 5JZ.

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Banana Hill, who have been listed as one of the legendary Gilles Peterson’s Top 10 Club Nights for two years in a row, are known for their incredible melting pot of global sounds, disco, house and techno. This New Year’s Eve, their boys Cervo and Jack VC will be playing alongside Euphony - namely Mancunian boogie-brothers Diamond Dobson and 24 Karat Kenz - at Soup Kitchen for a genre-spanning night of jubilant NYE celebrations. A Northern Quarter favourite, Soup Kitchen is a stunning and intimate venue with two floors, which Banana Hill and Euphony will be taking turns playing in until they join forces in the last hour for a beastly B2B set. Expect sore feet at the end of this one.

This event takes place 10pm-4am and tickets are currently £11.25 inc. booking fee.

Soup Kitchen is located at 31-33 Spear St, M1 1DF.

Hidden: 3 Rooms x 3 Raves

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Being a bit off the beaten track this ‘hidden’ Salford gem may not be at the top of the list for some of you more Southern Manchester dwellers, but it should be. Although another fairly recent addition to the city, Hidden has consistently brought big crowds with its enticing line ups, friendly crowds and lovely staff. On New Year’s Eve, the spacious venue will be presenting an evening of ‘strange riddims’ with three different rooms playing three different genres – techno, disco, and house. With a line up including the likes of resident DJs Martin Loose-Cuts and Annabel Fraser, it’ll be well worth the Uber fare.

This event takes place 8pm-4am and tickets are currently £16.50 inc. booking fee. Hidden is located 16-18 Mary St, M3 1NH.

Warehouse Project: NYE at WHP

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Although they probably don’t need any introduction, we’ll give them one just in case: The Warehouse Project have made a name for themselves all over the UK, perhaps even the world. Every Autumn, to get us through the cold Northern Winter ahead, they put together an outstanding season of events with some of the biggest names in house, techno, grime, and even reggae, and fill a warehouse full of people from far and wide who all have one objective – to dance. Join WHP on the last day of the year and lose your mind to a soulful set of deep techno from headliner Hannah Wants, then bounce to broken funk, dusty house, disco and hip hop from the rest of the juicy line up, which includes electronic duo Bondax and local Manny hero Rich Reason.

This event takes place 8:30pm-5am and tickets are currently £47.25 inc. booking fee. The Warehouse Project is located at Store St, M1 2GH.