Grooves rings in the new year

Thursday, 30th December 2021 — By Róisín Gadelrab

Sophie Powers

Sophie Powers and Noahfinnce play Islington Academy on January 21

Now that it has belatedly been confirmed that there will be no more restrictions up to New Year, it follows that hopefully everything in this column will proceed – with the well-rehearsed caveat that this is how things stand at time of writing and events may not happen for other reasons. Sending love to all those venues who had to cancel / were unable to put on events in such uncertainty. And, for those keen to party like it’s 2019 once again, here’s a selection of what is happening – don’t forget to check the venue’s Covid entry policy before attending.


• Darcy Louch + Zap Euphoria + Myopia, pre-New Year’s Eve gig, The Fiddlers Elbow.


• CRUSH NYE Party, hip-hop and r’n b until 3am, The Camden Assembly.

• Camden Rocks NYE Bonanza – indie rock, The Underworld, doors close 4am.

• You know The Jazz Café can always be trusted to pull together a live line-up when you need it – Moroccan Gnawa band Electric Jabala + trumpet icon Jack Mathod play live while Poly Ritmo, Dom Servini and Soul City resident DJs spin the best tunes, doors close 4am.

• House Passion X Be Free NYE 10-hour special, three rooms of house at Scala.

• Dictate the music at The Piano Works, Farringdon, where the pianists and musicians only play songs requested by the audience. Book for dinner or late-night entry until 6am, DJs only after 2am.

• Yung Filly presents: Yeahhh Man New Year’s Eve – expect special guest hosts and a big party at The Forum, until 4am.

• NYE Tropical Extravaganza – Reggaeton, salsa music and samba dancers, doors close 4am, Gabeto.

• Ultimate Power All Night Long – you know the drill, UP DJs play the biggest anthems from the biggest artists, Electric Ballroom.

• NYE at The Old Queen’s Head, two floors of music – hip-hop and R ‘n’ B bangers.

• NYE Party – King Salami & The Cumberland Three + The Dopplegangers + Chubby La Touche & His Handsome Buns, The Water Rats.

• That’s Hot, A 2000’s NYE Party, Room 1 – Pop / R ‘n B, Room 2 – Indie / Emo / Alt, The Garage.

• The 90s and 00s NYE House Party, Islington Academy

• Hop Hop NYE, Powerhaus.

• White Heat NYE Party, taking over two floors playing the best indie, new wave, post-punk, leftfield pop, new romantic and 80s bangers, The Lexington.

• How Does It Feel To Be Loved? NYE Party Expect DJs playing Dusty Springfield, Love, The Ronettes, Beach Boys, The Temptations, Velvet Underground, you get the vibe, Nambucca, doors close 5am.

• Deborah De Luca – All Night Long, Egg LDN, until 9am.

• Blues Kitchen house band play two sets of classic soul and funk plus DJs until 3am, Blues Kitchen, Camden.

• The Social marks its 23rd New Year’s Eve with Sean Johnston (A Love From Outer Space), Raw Silk, Inner Totality + Tia Cousins + Carl, Chris Camm, Harvey Brook, Heavenly Jukebox, Jeff Barrett, Marcel Khan, Sophie Green + Social DJs, The Social.


• Begin the year with some smooth soul and R ‘n’ B from Alexander O’Neal, who plays four nights at Jazz Café (January 1-4).

• Bugged Out NYD All Dayer, expect disco, pop, Balearic, yacht rock and vintage rave across two floors, ft Very Special Guest + Lemmy Ashton + Jay Carder + Ben Pistor + Jonjo Jury + Andy Taylor + Grainger + Graham Newlands + 80s Lunchbox Orchestra + Johnna, The Old Queen’s Head.

• Trance Sanctuary New Year’s Day Special ft Solarstone, Jorn Van Deynhoven, Adam White, James Cottle and more, Egg LDN.



• Amy Winehouse special – live covers of Amy’s songs followed by a set of funk, soul and rock ‘n’ roll from the house band, Blues Kitchen, Camden.


Alexander O’Neal, Jazz Café (January 1-4).

Camden Rocks presents Sleep Walking Animals, Neon Islands, DUDE, MY DUDE, Tracey + Burning Juniper, The Fiddlers Elbow: Elvana, Elvis-fronted Nirvana,

The Forum. Silent Egg + Saxophone Band + Tizane + Sound Pressure, The Dublin Castle (January 7). Doghouse Outhouse, Powerhaus (January 8). Transatlantic Ensemble presents Being Bowie, Jazz Café, (January 11).

Noahfinnce + Sophie Powers, Islington Academy (January 21). Don’t forget The Roundhouse’s In The Round Festival (January 15-25), featuring the likes of Hak Baker, Goat Girl, Emeli Sandé and more – read more details in our next column.

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