new year leicester
As 2016 draws to an end there’s plenty happening in Leicester to keep you entertained and see in 2017 with a bang. Here’s our pick of the bunch:

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Crafty have got a great New Year’s lined up and there are just a few spaces left! Book your table for the evening and enjoy welcome bubbles, sharing platters of nachos, pigcorn popper, mac & cheese bites and wings, then choose your burger from all the usual Crafty favourites including Farmyard Jam and Krispy Klucker. Add to your burger a selection of Pimped Fries (fries topped with slow cooked pork, smoked sausage, melted cheese, jalapenos and BBQ sauce? Go on then) and then finish it all off with champagne jelly and ice cream. They’ve cleared an area for boogying and there’ll be another glass of bubbly at midnight.

Doors open at 6pm with 3 sittings for dinner at 7.30, 8.30 and 9.30pm. Tickets (including all food) cost £32 from Eventbrite.

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After 22 years as an integral part of Leicester’s music scene, The Shed is changing hands from New Year’s Day. This is your chance to come down and celebrate the venue’s history and tradition for live music and local bands. The Shed will be moving into safe hands with Dreaming in Colour Productions taking over the reigns, but don’t miss the chance for one final party under Kev’s tenure. There will be live music across 2 floors until late with Arc Isla, TARRP (ft. members of The Simpletones), Rockaoke, The Whisky Rebellion, Dedbeats and whole lot more.

Tickets cost £6 in advance, £8 on the door and just £3 if you’re an artist who has ever performed at The Shed. You will need physical proof of this with you to be handed in on the door which will go towards making a mural at the venue. Advance tickets are available from WeGotTickets.

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History are hosting a party at The Cookie for New Year with 6 hours of house, funk, soul and disco across 2 floors. The ground floor will see DJ Mr Hickford spinning funk and soul, whilst in the basement there’ll be house and disco from Enjun, Luke Tob and Collo.

It all kicks off at 8pm and entry is FREE.

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Celebrate the New Year in style at Manhattan 34 with live music from jazz duo The SnowFathers and complimentary Prosecco toast at midnight.

The fun starts at 10pm and entry is FREE.

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The Plug DJs return to Firebug for a New Year silent disco to suit all music tastes. There’ll be three simultaneous DJs to choose from and absolutely no music policy, so anything goes!

Doors open at 10pm to upstairs and entry to Firebug both upstairs and downstairs is FREE all night. You will just need to pay a £10 deposit for your silent disco headphones.

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One of our favourite new openings of 2016 is Bodega in St Martin’s Square. Book a table to enjoy some tasty South American cuisine and then keep your table all night to see in the New Year. There’ll be happy hour cocktails ALL night plus live entertainment and plenty of tequila!

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Parcel Yard is always a good bet for New Year’s Eve and this year is no different with their Funk & Soul party. Live music comes from The Funk Soul Collective and The King Brasstards plus a late night DJ spinning all the best 70s hits. Fancy dress optional but encouraged.

Advance tickets cost £20 and you can get yours from WeGotTickets.


If you live away from town and fancy something away from Leicester City Centre to save driving and taxis, then here’s our pick of the out of town bunch:


If you’re based near Market Harborough Enigma will be throwing a big Black & White New Year’s Eve Party. They’ll be spinning the best chart toppers and floor fillers all night from 10pm to 4am so put on your finest black & white attire, grab your friends and get ready to party into 2017.

Tickets just £5. VIP tickets are £10 with queue jump, entry to VIP lounge and a free glass of Prosecco on arrival. Tickets also available on the door with drinks offers running all night. Advance tickets are available from Skiddle.

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Some people might want to forget all about 2016 but The Pug & Greyhound are celebrating it with a 2016 themed party. They’re encouraging all attendees to dress as their favourite newspaper headline from this year, from Brexit to Champions of England, or Trump to the Rio Olympics, there’s so much to choose from!

Entry is FREE and there’ll be live music, all the 2016 hits and and food specials.

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The biggest party of the year hits Loughborough at The Orange Tree, where they’ll be partying from midday to 2am. Free entry, free vodka jelly shots, drinks offers and champagne plus DJs spinning the hits from 9pm. Boogie into 2017 with the very best soul, funk, motown, Northern Soul, rock n roll and reggae.

Wherever you spend New Year’s Eve make sure it’s a good one! See you in 2017!
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