One of the many good things about 2016 is that January 2 falls on a Saturday, meaning that true dancefloor devotees can keep going, even after sessioning it through New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. By that time, however, you probably won’t be in a fit state to research what parties to hit. Luckily for your soon-to-be-addled minds we’ve done it for you.
For those feeling brave, the uber-option lies in Tobacco Dock, where experienced ravers Smile High host a ridiculously big bash (£39.50). Big beat behemoth Fatboy Slim tops the bill with a rare set, and other huge names include 2ManyDJs, Erol Alkan, Breach and Severino from Horse Meat Disco. Thankfully there are plenty of nooks and crannies in the venue where you can grab a cheeky disco nap if you’re tuckered.
Over at hip Shoreditch venue XOYO, German electro-house kingpins Booka Shade will be busting out a set of their sleek but delightfully danceable jams – the perfect middle-ground between raving and chilling the hell out.
Sounds of a more full-on nature can be found at south London’s Lightbox, where long-standing party Dysfunctional is laying its hat. A secret guest from the Soma and Bedrock labels will be headlining, and there’ll be further deep dancefloor odysseys supplied by Emma Black, August Five and tons more. Remember: heads down, eyes on the prize – managing to stay awake for another night and continue dancing.
Looking for funkier flavours to see you through? Peckham party South London Soul Train (£7-£10) at the beloved Bussey Building (recently saved from potential property developer-related trouble) can provide such a fix. Acid jazz stalwarts the James Taylor Quartet will play live and DJs including head honcho Jazzheadchronic will spin anything from Motown to northern soul.
Finally, if it’s pure vibes you’re after, head to… Vibes New Year Jamm (obvs) at Brixton venue Jamm. DJs will spin house, soul, garage and other thoroughly good stuff. Best of all, it’s an absolute bargain (£1-£5), which is handy as you’ll likely be broke after two days of partying. For those about to power through the brouhaha of January 2, we salute you.
Now soak up your three-day hangover with London’s best breakfasts.