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Five of the best New Year’s Eve parties in London

By Susan Ward Davies

Krankbrother NYE with Andrew Weatherall, Heidi & Matt Tolfrey

Krankbrother parties have been gaining steady momentum this year, with packed-out events taking place in unusual spaces from London railway arches and warehouses to yachts in Ibiza. For New Year’s Eve, the boys behind the parties – brothers Dan and Kieran Clancy – have Andrew Weatherall, one of dance music’s most revered acts - headlining a bill that also includes Heidi, Matt Tolfrey and the Krankbrothers themselves. This party will put the focus firmly on the music, and a self-proclaimed geek-level obsession with sound means you’ll be dancing to tunes pumped out on a crystal-clear Funktion One system. Expect a musically-discerning but friendly crowd, who will party in the New Year amid confetti and balloons in Bethnal Green’s mixed arts space, overlooking the dramatic industrial beauty of the gas holders near Broadway Market.

Monday 31st December, 9pm-6am; Oval Space, 29-32 The Oval, London E2 9DT; krankbrother.com; tickets £35

Last Tuesday Society Masked Ball and Animal Party

You’ll struggle to choose between the two New Year’s Eve parties being thrown by London’s most eccentric hosts, the Last Tuesday Society. On December 30th, the masked ball promises a glittering soiree for which both glamorous dress and a certain level of debauchery are prerequisites. Expect an opera room full of serpents, beasts and beauties who will pose to Wagner- if you feel inclined to pick up art materials and draw - the chance to be fed oysters by attendants in gold body paint and, of course, dancing to anything from electro DJs to Blues bands. The following night, don an animal costume and climb aboard the MS Stubnitz, moored at Docklands, for a night of wild, animalistic hedonism.

Masked Ball, Sunday 30th December 2012, 10pm-4am; The Coronet, 28 New Kent Road, London SE1 6TJ; thelasttuesdaysociety.org; tickets £20
Animal Party, Monday 31st December 2012, 9pm-4am; MS Stubnitz, next to Connaught Bridge, London E16 2BU; theanimalparty.com; tickets £30

Belle Epoque Circus Party

For New Year’s Eve, purveyors of vintage-style costume parties, Belle Epoque, will be conjuring up the ambience of a slightly shady, but gloriously fascinating, Victorian circus. Expect whip-wielding ring -masters, be-sequinned acrobats performing aerial stunts, tulle-clad ballerinas and mournful clowns. Among the giant candelabra, velvet drapes and intimate curtained areas to hide away in, heady cocktails will be served and DJs will play tunes from a range of decades. Guests are required to dress up and embrace the “beautiful freak” inside – think corsets, ballgowns, masks and facepaint – but if your look needs replenishing once you get there, make-up lessons will be given in the helpfully provided boudoir.

Monday 31st December 2012, 9pm-3am; Village Underground, 54 Holywell Lane, London EC2A 3PQ; belleepoqueparty.com; tickets £40

Bodymove NYE White & Gold: Rio Reveillon

This epic, 14-hour marathon will still be raging at 2pm on January 1st, long after you should have hung up your dancing shoes and gone to sleep. If you have the stamina, there are worse ways to spend it than partying at the Brazil-inspired Rio Reveillon. As is custom in our favourite Brazilian city , both venue and guests will be dressed in white and gold, and the theme continues with a live samba troupe, a Brazilian Big Top in the heated garden and performances by Latin-fusion dancers. House DJs Derrik Carter and Karizma will headline along with Audio Whores and Femi B. If you’re in the toilets for the live video link-up with Big Ben at midnight, you’ll be able to repeat the countdown at 3am with a link-up to one of Sao Paulo's biggest clubs as the New Year hits South America.

Monday December 31st, 8pm-2pm Tuesday January 1st; Egg, 200 York Way, London N7 9AX; egglondon.net; tickets £35-£35

Dollop NYE

Art deco cinema, The Troxy, is a charismatic venue and, in its time, has gone through incarnations as diverse as an opera house and a Mecca Bingo Hall. These days, while still keeping its art deco features, the space also boasts a fully retooled PA system and five bars, and has been the venue for concerts by the likes of New Order and The Pixies. Dollop’s New Year’s Eve party will be headlined by much-hyped house DJ, Juio Bashmore, who, this year, contributed production to Jessie Ware's Mercury-nominated album. With other acts including Krystal Klear and Jackmaster and visual installations by Florence One, this will be a music-centred party in a memorable venue.

Monday, 31 December 2012, 9.30pm-5.30am; The Troxy, 490 Commercial Rd, E1 0HX; troxy.co.uk/event/dollop-nye; tickets £40

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