Are you ready to party like it’s 1999? How about 1979? Or 1959? 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 2019 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 of your feet with sassy swing from Let The Moonlight Serenaders, fronted by the charismatic showman Sugar Ray Ford and the glamorous Laura B.
In between live performances, 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 Hoc & Mark 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 the band back on stage to bring you hot smoking 1940s rhythm and blues performances, whilst Claire Austin, aka Voodoo Doll, keeps you on your feet wll into 2019.
The Jive Romeros, Britain’s Kings of be-bop, rock’n’roll, jive and swing, make a welcome return, delivering 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’ throughout the night.
You should be dancing, yeah, so for pure 1970s and 1980s disco, head to Disco Royale to enjoy some full on Monday 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 2019 with some soulful motown favourites from midnight.
Delivering 1980s and 1990s pop, rock and dance anthems, promising ‘dancing with abandon’ are DJ Anna Greenwood and Jess Indeedy at Bar Bonkers 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.