As you might expect, Brighton has a wide variety of alternative New Year’s Eve parties
Traumfrau sounds like the kind of evening everyone would like, a new queer night that is friendly and welcoming to all ages and genders, and designed for anyone tired of garish, cheesy clubs. The New Year’s Eve Extravaganza (Phoenix Gallery, 7.30pm, £9/£7) starts off with free Italian food and live folk music while vocal looping artist Bunty hosts an improv workshop. The Queer Dancefloor then kicks off from 9pm promising “music you’ll actually like”, mesmeric visuals, photobooths and a helluva lot of dancing. A truly unique party that takes over a whole art gallery!
Circus Fantasia present a Charity Mask Ball at Latest Music Bar (9pm, £10/£18), featuring enigmatically titled acts such as “Pole, Belly, Fire, Street, Hoop, Burlesque” and more, as well as late night DJs, pixies and two bars. An ideal night out for anyone keen on circus and burlesque, so take a date or a chum if you want something colourful and theatrical to end your 2013.
Komedia are putting on two events, starting with a special Krater Comedy Club at 7pm with four top stand ups in Eddy Brimson, Maff Brown, Paul Sina and Stephen Grant. Trailer Trash then take over the whole venue from 10pm for a Hollywood Mash Up, featuring classic Hollywood film clips, cabaret and circus sideshow acts, live jazz bands and DJs. Dress up as your favourite film character and hit the Komedia for a film-themed evening you’ll never forget. (£45.50 for both events.)
For a more relaxed daytime party, you can head to the Duke of York’s to watch the Berlin Philharmonic’s Gala with Sir Simon Rattle conducting and Lang Lang on piano. The programme includes Brahms, Prokofiev, Hindemith, Dvořák and Khachaturian and the high quality cinema sound should be perfect for an accessible, engrossing classical experience.
Whether it’s queer disco, burlesque, comedy, film or classical music you’re after, Brighton has something for everyone this New Year’s Eve.
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