I’ve been trawling Facebook for the best looking NYE events… from extravagant immersive happenings to free entry pubs promising ‘A quiet drink with no idiots.’ Shamelessly biased towards affordable events, independent venues and events run by alternative party planners, here’s what I’ve got…. (most of the descriptions are from the events themselves, marked by quotation marks – the needless capitalisation is nothing to do with me…)
INDIE Best of Brighton Music with Resident Records – The Worlds End 8pm until 3am Free – https://www.facebook.com/events/584065785318489/
“Come to the Worlds End from 8pm-10pm to hear the team from Resident Music Store play us their BEST of 2017 music releases collated from their Top 100 chart in their End Of Year annual! Expect to hear a whirlpool of new indie, rock, alt pop, electronic, psych…. You can read the full annual online…. or grab free instore OR pick 1 up on NYE to take home! : http://www.resident-music.com/annual + virtual reality booths! From 10pm we have Blah Blah Blah DJ’s block party set playing hip-hop, indie and future classics until LATE!”
60’s PSYCH CREW The BIG ITCH & STAY SICK present a Twisted NYE at The GDS – Free entry 9pm – 4am
“AN ALL NIGHT 60’s Dance music TWISTATHON.., bought to you lovingly by the most devoted record collectors and purveyors of 60’s PARTY SOUNDS. SAVAGE SOUL, RHYTHM & BLOOZE, 60’s DANCE KRAZE, GARAGE/PSYCH WIG OUTS…& PLENTY OF DANCE FLOOR BANGERS to get your dance on to. !!***MYSTERY BAND TBC***!!”
Countdown Party at The Druids – 8pm – 3am Free
The entire appeal of this one is that they will mostly be playing remixes of the Countdown theme, and midnight will be marked with the themetune, of course. Good news for the intellectuals among us – you can solve conundrums for free shots
NYE Party at the Marly – Sunday at 9 PM – 3 AM – Free
“The Kitty Glitter Kollective will be closing 2017 at the Marlborough with Glamour, Style & Excess and setting you up for a glorious 2018. Featuring the exclusive blend of Sainte Violet, Ms Amanda Robotnik & Kate St Shields, playing all your fave disco, electro, italo, hip hop, pop & more, from 9 until midnight. Rebel Girl will be providing the soundtrack to your New Years Revolution with classic and new age riotous and rebellious bangers – from 12am – 3am”
NYE Unicorn Party at The Admiral 8pm – 2am Free Entry
-Walk about performers
-Face painting by the amazing Ziggy https://www.facebook.com/AnklebiterzMakeupArtist/
-Balloon modeling by the Twisted Balloonatic
-Bubbles, bubbles, bubbles!
-Vegan treats, sweets and glitter jelly 🍭
-Super shoes raffle – amazing unicorn themed prizes to be won all proceeds going to charity, helping empower young people fighting cancer https://www.supershoes.org.uk/
-Best dressed competition- top quality prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place!
There will be a stall selling horns, tutus and biodegradable glitter!”
Kitty Glitter and Aspirational Music for Young Adults – Sunday at 10 PM – 5 AM free entry Pop Up Brighton
“KITTY GLITTER themselves, are running a special NYE FREE PARTY in collaboration with Pop Up Brighton and Aspirational Music for Young Adults! Pop-Up Brighton, opposite the West Pier! SUPER cheap drinks!”
Scene – Specific Events
Hothouse (NOUN) – 8pm – 5am Patterns, Tickets between £15 and £25 depending on when you turn up, if you want a cocktail etc.
“A heated greenhouse in which plants that need protection from cold weather are grown. The dress code is to dress down, it’s going to be hot and there will most probably be some house… Full lineup: Romare (DJ Set), Steven Julien / Funkineven, Mr Bongo, Charles Green & Mehtola, DJ Faro, J-Felix, Øvre, Sweet Nothings ft. Chris Headcount & Max Milian”
Bass Face NYE – featuring John B! 10pm ’til 10am at The Volks £10 advance
The only place to be for bass fans, the good old Volks. The floor is sticky because they spend all their profits on upgrading the soundsystem.
“Let loose alongside the cream of Brighton’s bass scene tearing up two floors of 100% heavyweight genre trashing, dancefloor mashing, speaker bashing DRUM & BASS, JUNGLE, OLDSKOOL, HOUSE, GARAGE, RAVE, REGGAE, DUBWIZE and all points in-between! All kindsa basses for all kindsa faces!! Hosted by Volks legend Mr Natural with the best of the Volks club party crews in attendance.”
Sparkle Party NYE – Sunday at 9 PM – 4:30 AM £24 – The Latest Bar
I have never seen the word Sparkly written so many times in an event description so I’m sparing you that. Psytrance, techno and bass house as well as something I’ve never heard of called ‘spanky house’! 3 decor teams all cramming glittery items into The Latest Basement.
South Coast Soul Review at The Brunswick – 8pm £12.50 – £16
If you prefer the live vibe, why not see NYE in with a live soul band?
“The very best Soul and Funk to see out 2017 and welcome in 2018 with 8-piece powerhouses South Coast Soul Revue!! South Coast Soul Revue is an eight piece band playing the best of classic and contemporary funk and soul With two singers and a full brass section. Filling in the gaps will be very special guest DJ, Nile Sledge’s Disco Paradise playing all things Soul & Motown. Live music starts at 9pm through until the early hours and you can party until 3am! Arrival must be before 9pm to guarantee entry”
SouthWestSiide Old Skool Hip Hop New Years Eve Party – 8pm Free Entry
These guys play cover versions of Hip Hop classics with a SouthWest twist! At the Three Graces pub Portslade, casual jam and a really happy crew of people.
The Cracklin’ Griffins at The Richmond – 9pm – 3am Free Entry!
this Irish trad band like their exclamation points – I hope they are as excitable in real life! “The Legendary Griffins will be throwing one hell of a shin dig this News Years Eve!! We play traditional Irish songs and music, plus some of the greats from the Pogues and Waterboys back-catalogues. Book us now for: Parties, weddings, St. Patrick’s week, pub gigs or any general celebration!!”
More Cool Stuff
Black and White Party at REVENGE – 10pm-6am Bar Revenge – free, club tickets are £10.80
“To celebrate the end of 2017 and to welcome in 2018, we’re throwing a huge black & white party at Club Revenge! Expect spectacular black & white decor and props and two floors of music, with pop & chart on level 1 and vocal house anthems on level 2. Dress code: black & white. From tuxedos and cocktail dresses to penguins and Beetlejuice – be as fun or wacky as you like!”
Tramfrau New Year’s Eve – The Mega Dance Off – 9pm – 3am £15 in advance Dead Wax Social
“Traumfrau is serving your favourite queer New Year – with a twist and a dance off! Four DJs spinning vinyls only, six hours of analogue seduction and warm sounds to welcome another queer year with your favourites. A night of glitter and neon, surprises and prizes, outrageous moves and dance battles. Mass dance-off with Cesar Jentley and a collective midnight feast to celebrate the new year like a family (The midnight feast is a traditional Italian NYE custom, and will be served while you frolic.)”
Fever Club Salon of Soul at The Rialto £10 Advance & £15 OTD
“A glamorous and surreal circus world peopled by glowing, mystical creatures, sequinned performers, sinister clowns, and all things so very glamorously circus…..and thats you!!! So get those outfits ready!”
The first ever NYE Party @ LE BAOBAB CUISINE – 8pm – 3am
I had to include the best new restaurant in Brighton – Le Baobab Cuisine! Even the description for their event is so lovely. Go and see them, although it’s probably sold out by now.
“A celebration of music, culture and gourmet cuisine for the celebration of the end of this beautiful 2017 and the beginning of 2018 with the best contemporary and traditional artists music from Senegal and lovely dinner, tropical cocktails and champagne!
20.00 Dinner – gourmet selection of entrees and main courses (veggie, fish and meat), desserts and fresh fruits (mango, pineapple, papaya)
24.00 HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
0.00 – 3.00 Dj set by AfricanBamba, traditional Senegalese music Mbalack, Senegal Salsa, Zouk & Soukous 🙂 ”
Booking: 07530 338456 / 07761 645804 email@example.com
The Cowley Discoux – 9pm – 2am suggested donation £5
The Cowley socialist/anarchist club are having their annual NYE bash. Entry will likely be a fiver but they take any donation and never turn someone away for having no cash.
“Obviously as the rest of the town is going wild in putting monetary hoops and schackles preventing the ordinary ones from getting into any establishment without making them sell their soul and the last pair of shoes to afford the skyrocketted drink prices, Wowley club will be one of the very few oasees of community spirit and crazy fun – with the boundaries of respecting one another…. the night comes together thanks to large effort of commited volunteers … let’s hope we all will be aware and respect that… And party in a truly community & solidarity spirit.”
Free Entry Pubs with Free Food
New Year’s Eve at The Montpelier Inn
“Spend the years most overrated night in Brighton’s most underrated establishment.. Come and join us at The Montpelier Inn this New Year’s Eve! With a selection of eclectic DJ’s, lovely party food and a glass of bubbly upon arrival we hope to see the year out with a bang.”
The West Hill Old Skool NYE party
“Affy GoBang will be bringing the Soul, Disco, House & classics, whilst we’ll put on a ‘bit of a spread’ and some Prosecco to get you in the party mood. There will be a free old school pub buffet, midnight madness, confetti, countdowns, cocktails and of course free jelly shots! “
Free Entry Pubs
The Collonade Much ado about nothing NYE – 9pm – late free
My personal favourite description…
“See in the New Year with us! We promise no tickets, no DJs, and no idiots. We find New Year’s Eve exhausting and loud. So we’re proposing an alternative. A nice relaxed evening in your favourite proper boozer. We’ll be open super late, we’ll take some music requests, we’ll have some bubbles and fun at midnight, but we won’t really do much else out of the ordinary. Just a pub free of noise and boozed up teenyboppers!”
Beach Party at The Windmill – 9pm – 3am free
In a bid to stand out The Windmill have filled their pub with actual sand.
NYE At The Blue Man – 9pm – 4am free
“No tickets needed, no fuss; just lots and lots of BM fun and love.”
The Quadrant – 9pm – 2am free
“DISCO / SOUL / NORTHERN SOUL / FUNK / ORIGINAL R&B / 60S BEAT / MOTOWN / SKA & THE USUAL NYE GUBBINS..”
The Pull and Pump – 9pm – 1am free
“Soul Punk Glam Pop RocknRoll vinyl party.”
The Prince George – 9pm – 3am free
“Old Skool Hip Hop Soul Funk. Book a table for £15 and get a bottle of prosecco/”
The Hope and Ruin – 8pm – 2am – free
“Spinning psych, garage rock, post-punk, grunge, riot grrl, disco, afrobeat, funk, soul and whatever else we fancy.”
The Pond 8pm – 3am – free
“Expect to hear like likes of CHIC/SISTER SLEDGE/EARTH WIND & FIRE/MICHAEL JACKSON/DONNA SUMMER and much more…”
70’s Glam Rock and Disco 8pm – 2am The Hampton Arms https://www.facebook.com/events/163270144429600/
“POWER POP NEW WAVE & PUNK”
There you have it, that’s my pick of the best… tweet anything I’ve missed to @MeganCliftonUK and I’ll try and include it on the radio version of these posts – The Brighton Guide – on Radio Reverb 97.2fm, I’ll be broadcasting live 5-6pm on Friday 29th December. Look at your beautiful city Brightoners! You lucky, lucky people! See you out there ❤