Can’t decided what to do for NYE? We’ve got you covered with our NYE Radar on what’s happening across Bristol as we bow out of 2017 and into the New Year.
Best of Bristol
What do BBC Introducing, Tap The Feed and 1% of One all have in common? As well as being much-loved diverse pillars of Bristol music, they – and many others – are co-presenting one of the most exciting collaborative nights this NYE, in the form of ‘Best of Bristol’. Boasting nine acts, presented by nine Bristol faves, it’s an easy one to get excited about.
Acts include the nascent but mighty Harvey Causon, fresh from a sold out single launch, the b-side for which was featured on our recent download compilation, New School Vol. 1. His brand of ethereal chill-pop is as dreamy live as it is on record, yet with forays into some less expected places. Other notable spots on the bill include No Violet – imagine Alanis Morissette fronting a rough At The Drive-In – TROPIC, a recent new music pick of note, and Bristol duo MAUWE, who just hit a million views on their first single ‘That’s All’. Other hubs presenting include Leisure Records, The Bristol Music Show, Nitelife, Electric Harmony and more.
One-Eyed Willie’s NYE Hoedown
Building on its recent success, One-Eyed Willie’s NYE Hoedown is back for a second year across two stages at The Louisiana. Last year saw some unmissable Bristol scene mashups, with this round seeing ‘Lame Judy Dench’ – a one-off supergroup featuring members of Scarlet Rascal, Jesuits and Bubba – put their tongue-in-cheek spin on some familiar tunes. Jesuits themselves are also on the bill with more TBA, plus DJ sets downstairs from IDLES, Rise and others.
Cirque du Fat Lip
Tried and true pop-punk party purveyors, Fat Lip, are back with another night of bands and DJs, turned up to eleven in honour of NYE. Their ‘Cirque du Fat Lip’ will be steeped in emo circus chic, with a live bill headed up by in-house supergroup the Fat Lip Allstars, featuring members of Bristol’s most FL-apt bands. Montroze also play their final show, and our pick of the night, Phoxjaw open up proceedings.
Funk Yeah! New Year’s Eve Party
To say BBC 6Music host and veteran DJ Craig Charles’ Funk & Soul Club is well-renowned would be an understatement, so with the Colston Hall set to focus that inimitable energy though a New Year’s Eve party, it’s safe to call this the night of the year for those into soul, funk, disco or reggae. Joining Charles on the DJ front are the 25-year-strong Soul Train, Don Letts and more, plus live sets from jazz-funksters the James Taylor Quartet and the utterly bananas Correspondents.
The Next Movement
The Gallimaufry | Free
The Galli is famed for fantastic free events and this NYE is no exception. Expect “live hip hop with an all-star cast” plus DJs until 3am.
Crinkle Cuts NYE Den Party
Crinkle Cuts bring their fusion of funk, reggae and Latin ska to Mr Wolfs amid a woodland wonderland theme. Come in fancy dress for a Mad Hatter-style party with Project Pixie face painting and more.
Top of the PopCon
This year guilty pleasure aficionados, Pop Confessional, present Top of The PopCon, their tribute to Top of the Pops. Bringing you hits from the ages, take a drunken trip through time and challenge your friends to a duel over which decade was really the best. Down in the hold you’ll find this year’s biggest anthems interspliced with the hits of old, whereas up on the deck it’s classic 70s disco, with hints of soul, funk and hip hop. Fancy dress is encouraged, so don your anachronisms and practice your awkward TOTP teenager dancing. Feelings of guilt optional.
Crofters NYE House Party
Crofters Rights bring together their favourite DJ crews from across Bristol for the mother of all B2B sessions – from the bar, to the main room, to the pizzeria. Having thrown some of the best parties the venue has seen this year, via a range of EDM genres, Musu kick things off, followed by Satsumas, The Love Below, Bodywork and Colours.
Kisstory NYE Special
One of the biggest old skool parties around, Kiss FM presents another instalment of Kisstory, this time for NYE. Expect a tsunami of hip hop, garage and R&B from a name-DJ lineup yet to be announced.
Free Party TBA
The Mother’s Ruin | Free
The Ruin’s free parties always deliver. DJs TBA and cheap drinks ‘til 4am.
Thunderbolt Beach Ball
The Dukes of Mumbai play 60s surf rock, followed by DJs ‘til late.
The Kingsdown Vaults | Free
The Americana-steeped Pontchartrain take on their traditional NYE slot at the Kingsdown Vaults.
Free Live Music TBA
The Canteen | Free
Head to Stokes Croft for a “classic Canteen knees-up with some of the best musicians in the Southwest.” Stay tuned for this free night’s lineup.
Ramshackle in Wonderland
Few nights in Bristol are more established than Ramshackle. Imagine, if you can, DnB, house, grime and bassline under an Alice in Wonderland theme.
Tremor: The NYE Who Shagged Me
A 60s and 70s-themed celebration with an extremely long list of performers from hip hop to funk to jungle, all with some serious theological overtones.
The Rin Tins
The Rin Tins are a party band who are hard to resist. On paper it’s all swing this and oompa that, but it’s their unique energy that’s landed them firmly in Bristol’s hearts since their inception in 2011. Joining them onstage for this very Golden Lion-ready shindig are The Railway Sleepers, no doubt bringing the punky swing and oddball Balkan sounds for which they’re famed. Festival vibes to set one of the year’s coldest nights on fire.
Break Stuff Millennium Monster Ball
Nu-metal club night, Break Stuff, invite you back to the biggest NYE in living memory, 1999; the home of – in their words – “the Nokia 3210, American Pie, Napster and Chris Tarrant’s Who Wants To Be A Millionaire.” Expect to hear all the nu-metal and associated genre classics, of course, but they’ll also be showing the millennium countdown in full and giving out free disposable cameras for that real 90s vibe – when things were crap, but that just made them better.
Disco Ball NYE
It seems Studio 54 is alive and well at the Tobacco Factory this year, for a party hosted by Supersmash. Disco edit legend The Reflex will be bringing his choice first-wave remixes, faithful to the genre, while Bristol’s own Jimmy The Twin (Boogie Café Records) and DANL make their choice selections. Elsewhere, a big top hosted by Bedmo Disco has circus performers from Cirque Bijou and guest DJs. All this plus a live set from Afro-Latin electronics band, Penya, in the Thali space.