new years eve in manchester and the north
NYE 2015 at the Kazimier. Photo: Mina Bihi.

New Year’s Eve in Manchester and the North

Kristy Stott, Theatre Editor

It’s really never too early to start planning for New Year’s Eve. We’re keeping our eyes peeled for  the best events for New Year’s Eve Manchester and the North.

So far, the big headline is Kendal Calling‘s takeover of Victoria Warehouse. With a cracking line-up that includes Everything Everything, Tom Grennan, Felix Hagan & the Family, Tim Peaks and Howling Rhythm. Looking for something a bit more intimate? The excellent Roc & Rye bar on King Street are hosting a NYE party that’s free entry before 10pm.

See 2019 in style at The Bridgewater Hall with Manchester Camerata and New Year’s Eve at the Movies. With music from some of your favourite all-time classics, including E.T., Star Wars, Jurassic Park, Indiana Jones, Lord of the Rings, and, of course, James Bond.

The Refuge also promises to be another hot ticket with music courtesy of Mancunian institution Funkademia and Refuge residents, including DJ Paulette, Massey and Julie Wills of Disco Mums. And with the option to ‘Dine and Dance’ in the stunning building before the countdown down to 2019, what’s not to like?

Further afield, we’ve got Fiesta Bombarda and The Invisible Wind Factory bringing an intergalactic carnival to Liverpool, and the transformation of the Baltic Market into the NYE Disco Wonderland. Dig out your flares, get those disco balls twinkling and say goodbye to 2018.

If the little ones don’t want to miss all of the New Year fun and partying, we recommend checking out Our Kids Social at YES, and Ravers Tots at Gorilla. Thought you had to say goodbye to the boozing and dancing on New Year’s Eve since the little people came along? These events mean that you can ALMOST have it all.

And if you are in Manchester city centre for the New Year’s Eve countdown you could see 2019 in with a bang. Manchester’s Christmas season will come to a spectacular end with a free family-friendly fireworks display in Albert Square.

We’ll be adding new events as we find them so do check back over the next few weeks.


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