Are you ready to party like it’s 2019? How about 1999? Or 1979? Or even 1929? Whatever your era, you can see in the new year in style with us at Southbank Centre.
Once again we’ll be transforming the Royal Festival Hall into five floors of fabulous entertainment to help you kick off 2020 with a bang. And thanks to our position on the city’s South Bank you’ll be in the perfect position to watch London’s spectacular New Year’s Eve fireworks from our Riverside Terrace.
From 1920s swing to 1980s pop favourites, via classic rock ‘n’ roll and disco, we’ve got something to suit pretty much every taste, across these five fantastic themed rooms.
Leave the cares of the 21st century behind and be swept off your feet by a dynamic show from The Moonlight Serenaders, with glamorous diva Laura B taking centre stage to bring a sasy swinging extravaganza. DJ Daddy Richwill be spinning some of his favourite vinyl from the 1920s, 30s and 40s, and if you want to strut your stuff dance teachers Hoc & Mark are on hand to guide you through some of the dance steps of the period.
After midnight, The Clore Ballroom transforms into an intimate cabaret club with the band back on stage to bring you hot smoking 1940s rhythm and blues performances, while Claire Austin (aka Voodoo Doll) keeps you on your feet right the way into 2020.
Partial to a pogo? Relish the robot? Taken to twerking, or prefer to elect for the electric slide? However you like to shuffle, shimmy or strut, The Land of a Thousand Dances is the perfect space to do it as we take a journey through some of the most popular dances of the 20th and 21st century. And if you're a complete novice, our expert teachers will be on hand to introduce you to some new moves and groves via rolling lessons.
You should be dancing, yeah, so for pure 1970s and 1980s disco, head to Disco Royale to enjoy some full on New Year's Night Fever with Marie, Dave and Andrew of collective Six Million Steps. Switching things up before the countdown to the new year, the disco goes funky from 11pm, before sliding into 2020 with some soulful motown favourites from midnight.
Step into the future in this immersive new venue for 2019-20 bringing you futuristic sounds from the 1960s to the 1980s. Think New Romantics, Mary Quant, Barbarella, trashy 1960s sci fi and Courrege with eclectic, kitsch dance tunes from Nathan G, Spanish duo Lastitis and others to be announced.
Delivering 1980s and 1990s pop, rock and dance anthems, promising ‘dancing with abandon’, DJ Anna Greenwood is at Bar Bonkers with an all-killer no-filler set of musical bangers.
But before that, Jess Indeedy, joined by DJ Helix and the hilarious dancing grannies, delivers an unforgettable NYE edition of Indeedy Musical Bingo. Mark the songs off your bingo card as you hear them to win some amazing (and kitsch) prizes.
Shimmy and shake all night while sipping colourful cocktails high above the River Thames in the Honolulu sky lounge, hosted once again by the bongo-tastic House of Bamboo. Martin Green (The Sound Gallery and Smashing) and Martin Karminsky spin sambas, mambos and cha cha chas, while Hawaiian hostesses hold limbo dance competitions for urban castaways.