Big Ben may not be bonging in the New Year this 31 December, but that’s no reason for you to have a quiet one*.
Come and join us at Southbank Centre as once again we’ll be transforming the Royal Festival Hall into five floors of fabulous entertainment helping you to see in 2018 in style. And our position on the South Bank, means you’re in the perfect position to watch London’s famous New Year’s Eve fireworks, from our Riverside Terrace.
Ready to party like it’s 1989? How about 1979? 1959? 1939? Or even 1929? With five pop-up vintage nightclubs offering tastes of the 20th century, we’ve got the perfect night for you whatever your era.
Leave the cares of the 21st century behind and step into the glamorous world of the decadent 1930s with Alex Mendham & His Orchestra. The vibrant 18-piece orchestra serenade you with hot rhythms and sweet melodies, overlaid with the evocative lyrics of timeless standards by Gershwin, Cole Porter, irving Berlin and more courtesy of Alex Menham and The Dunlop Sisters.
In between the live music record collector DJ Daddy Rich will have you swinging all night as he spins some of his favourite vinyl from the 1920s, 30s and 40s, whilst dance teachers Marc & Hoc are on hand to guide you through the steps of some dances of the period such as The Palais Stroll and Lambeth Walk.
After midnight, The Clore Ballroom transforms into an intimate cabaret club with more live performances, dancing and great music from a bygone era.
The Jive Romeros, Britain’s Kings of be-bop, rock’n’roll, jive and swing make a welcome rare appearance to deliver their infectious swing mix of classic American and early British rock’n’roll to Let It Rock.
Helping you slide seamlessly onto the dancefloor top jive dance teacher, Andrew Hall will be there to lead you through jive basics and some of the more eccentric dances of the 1950s, whilst DJ Mr Jinx keeps you jumpin’, jivin’ & boppin’ at all other times.
The Style Studio traces some of the legendary disco club nights from the mid-70s to the most culturally influential and eclectic nightclubs of the early 80s, and beyond. Get moving to everything from 70s soul, funk and disco to early 80s electro, boogie, rare groove, along with some uber cool jazz and the best Northern Soul, courtesy of DJs Andy Smith and The Hemingways.
Delivering 1980s and 1990s pop, rock and dance anthems, promising ‘dancing with abandon’ are DJ Anna Greenwood and Jess Indeedy at Bar Bonkers. Disco dancing DJ Anna Greenwood promises to have you bouncing into 2018 and beyond with an all-killer no-filler set of musical bangers.
Joined by DJ Helix and the hilarious dancing grannies, Jess Indeedy 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. Exotica expert 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.
Tickets for our Vintage New Year’s Eve Party are now on sale to Southbank Centre members, and go on general sale on Wednesday 20 September. Don't miss out.
*OK, so we've since had it pointed out to us that Big Ben will be bonging at midnight, but we've run with this now so we're sticking to our guns.