I’m currently trying to decide what to do this New Years Eve in Manchester, so I thought I’d share some of the events I’ve found during my search. My kids are 11 and 12 now, and this year they’ll be with their Dad on New Year’s Eve. So my partner and I are trying to make plans to get out of the house, to see in the New Year. Keep reading to hear about my previous NYE adventures, and to see what ideas I’ve come up with so far, for 2023.
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Previous NYE Celebrations
I left school in the year 2000. That’s right – I’m class of Y2k. That Summer, I began drinking and partying in bars and clubs. I saw in 2001 and 2002 in a tiny club / dive bar in Failsworth which was called Kehoes. It had sticky floors and a questionable clientele. There were plenty of fights in that place, and I don’t miss it.
The next few years saw me bringing in the New Year at various house parties, and one questionable night out in Bolton. After that, I spent the next 10 years bringing in the New Year at home, usually asleep. (Insomniac babies will do that to you).
My partner and I brought in 2020 in an Indian Restaurant in Stockport, and 2021-2022 began with lockdowns, so no celebrations occurred then. Last year I had the kids, so my partner and I just watched TV. This year, I want to go out to celebrate.
What’s on This New Years Eve in Manchester
This event promises to play the best House and Club Classics from the 90s, with performances by live acts and DJs. Early Bird tickets are £21.40 including booking fee, last entry is 10pm and it ends at 2am.
As much as a night of clubbin’ in Manchester City Centre on NYE sounds great, the thought of paying double fare for taxis both ways doesn’t appeal all that much.
What’s on in Prestwich this New Years Eve?
The New Years Eve event at The Carlton Club in Prestwich is much closer to home and the Indie / Old Skool genre sounds much more like my scene. Their event is called, “Same as it ever was”, which I first thought could be a nod to the track by Hip-Hop stars, “House of Pain”. However, I’m reliably informed the name comes from the Talking Heads song, “Once in a Lifetime.”
This NYE event is described as follows… “Prestwich’s biggest and best Indie night is back! Come and join us at The Carlton Club, Prestwich for the best New Years celebration in Town! The cheapest drinks, with an eclectic mix of tunes to see the New Year in!”
This event is on from 9pm to 2am, and tickets are £15, including the booking fee. The DJs on the night are Gaz Burnett, Rob Jones and Mark Keane. Gaz Burnett’s been a regular on the Manchester bar and club music scene for 20+ years. Not only is he an accomplished DJ, but he’s a fab guitarist and vocalist too.
The venue is less than a 5 minute walk from Heaton Park Metrolink station, so you can get there using public transport. However, you’ll need to arrange a lift or get a taxi home, as there’s no public transport serving the local area after midnight.
Plan B for our New Years Eve in Manchester is going out for a meal. While seeing in the New Year doing that would mean less of a hangover, I really want to put on my dancing shoes this year. We’ve not made a decision yet, but Carlton Club’s “Same as it ever was” event has my vote.
Finally, let me know in the comments if you’ve seen any other great events scheduled on New Years Eve in Manchester.