The best parties in NYC this month

Check out the best parties New York’s nightlife has to offer, from club nights to globally renowned label takeovers
Elsewhere
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By Time Out editors |
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Have the urge to party but don't know where to go? Play our collection of the best DJ mixes of the year, and browse through the list of our favorite danceworthy events, with house music, techno, minimal, acid, hip-hop and more on the bill. Don't miss out on all the secret parties (we recommend bookmarking this page so you're the first to know!). And make sure to satisfy that after-party (or pre-party) appetite on weekends by checking out one of the absolute best brunches NYC has to offer.

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Best parties in NYC this month

Actress
Photograph: Will Bankhead
Nightlife, Clubs

Actress + Eartheater + Veronica Vasicka +DJ Scallywag + Mnmlktchn

Under the musical alias Actress, U.K. producer Darren Cunningham creates beautifully crafted soundscapes that flow effortlessly despite their detailed patterns. Check out this year's Lageos, a sublime collaboration with the London Contemporary Orchestra, for a taste of his scorched-earth version of dance music, much of which has been released on venerable label Ninja Tune as well as his own Werkdiscs. This particular gig features a punishing lineup that ranges from the psychedelic vocal gymnastics of Eartheater to the goth synth-wave stylings of Veronica Vasicka.

The Bunker
Photograph: Seze Devres
Clubs

The Bunker

Born in 2003, after the Polar Bear Club ended its three-year run, this party series eventually became the progenitor of this city’s entire underground techno scene. This edition features Lotus Eater in the primetime slot, better known to the world as groundbreaking producer Rrose, whose psychedelic tracks offer a quivering, full-body experience.

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Nightlife, Clubs

Richie Hawtin

Don't miss this one—Output's off-site series Outpost brings Minus label's minimal-techno demigod Hawtin down for his exclusive 2018 North American show. This show features the innovative DJ showing off a mesmerizing cyborg-esque A/V setup involving cameras that track Hawtin's movements and translate them into vivid visuals.

Avalon Emerson
Photograph: Courtesy the artist
Nightlife, Clubs

Avalon Emerson

Arizona-born Avalon Emerson first established herself as a DJ of many talents in San Francisco's warehouse-rave scene. While she now resides in Berlin, playing at venerable clubs such as Panorama Bar, Emerson's productions and DJ sets remain inspired by the dreamy fabric of the Southwest, as well as the deep and soulful sounds of American house.

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DJ Bone
Photograph: Courtesy Marie Staggat
Nightlife, Clubs

DJ Bone

Detroit techno legend DJ Bone brings his decades' worth of electronic music knowledge to Bushwick, where his triple turntable setup will churn out deep cuts until sunrise.

Kerri Chandler at Cielo
Photograph: Filip Wolak
Clubs, House, disco and techno

Dance.Here.Now.

It's official: Popular Meatpacking District club Cielo will be closing after 15 years as a dance-music destination. The space shutters on January 1, 2019 (coincidentally, the same night another club, Output in Williamsburg, packs up as well), so you'll have until then to say goodbye. The last edition of its long-running party series Dance.Here.Now.—which has hosted vets like Carl Cox and Louie Vega over the years—serves as a farewell party, with a "very special guest" set to send off the space.

Best parties in NYC coming up

Nightlife, Clubs

Skream

One of the transitional artists in dubstep's transformation from underground club culture to Top 40's fare, Skream has worked with Katy B, John Legend and, of course, the supergroup Magnetic Man (with Benga and Artwork). More recently the DJ-producer ventured into the realms of disco, house and techno, so anything goes tonight.

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