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It’s that time of year again, when you can legitimately eat your own body weight in mince pies for breakfast and no one bats an eyelid. When you rediscover the beauty of warm alcohol – hot Rekorderlig cider from Bier is our new Swedish jam – and when you go shopping for presents but come home with 3 new pairs of trainers all in your size. Hurrah for a good old fashioned self centered Christmas!

But seriously now, everyone knows the true meaning of Christmas is not about gluttony and greed. It’s important to remember that this time of year is about raving. Even those that have declared their dancing shoes well and truly hung up, will dust them off for a bit of a disco over the festive season. Here’s our list of where to go and what to listen to before January hits and we all stare open mouthed at our internet banking.

EARLY BIRDS

Discoteca Poca – Prosumer & residents
Nipping in with an early entry, the Discoteca Poca guys are celebrating a banging year with their Christmas party on the 22nd and they’re not doing it quietly. Prosumer, the resident from the legendary Berghain in Berlin, is going to be taking to the decks in the intimate surrounds of The Hold.
What better way to kick off the celebrations – and take advantage of that early Christmas payday – than by seeing a renowned house music figure in a cool venue? We can’t think of many. And for those who want to carry the party on, you’ll find the afterparty at Bar 43.

Discoteca Poca
22nd December
The Hold, Shipping Forecast, Liverpool

10 – 3am £12

BOXING NIGHT

mUmU
Matthias Tanzmann, Motor City Drum Ensemble, Jordan Peak (pic) & mUmU/Shelter residents

Taking over the warehouse space on Greenland Street, mUmU are working off those turkey dinners by inviting Circo Loco’s Matthias Tanzmann and rising star Jordan Peak to provide beats for the assembled masses. Throw in a debut from Motor City Drum Ensemble, as well as the mUmU AND Shelter residents doing their thing and you can be sure that it’s going to be bouncing.

mUmU
26th December
36-39 Greenland street Warehouse
10 – 5am £20

Circus
Loco Dice, Jamie Jones, Heidi, Scuba, Yousef & residents

We say it every year (well we said it last year anyway) but Circus Boxing Night has become a firm staple of the clubbing calendar and it will sell out. It always does. Especially when you’ve got a line up that includes Loco Dice (main pic), Jamie Jones and Heidi on it. This year they’ve also got a debut from our favourite DJ of the year – Scuba, whose sets are as impressive as his well groomed beard. And don’t forget, this year Circus is at Camp and Furnace whilst the Masque gets a lick of paint.

Circus
26th December
Camp & Furnace
Greenland street
8-4am £20

Cream
Laidback Luke, Nicky Romero, Ferry Corsten, Markus Schulz, Paul Bleasdale and others

The behemoth of dance music is back for Boxing Night with a line up that reads like the Who’s Who of DJ’s. With no less than 13 names on the list, with house, trance and techno all catered for, you’re going to find something you like here. We’re particularly excited that Paul Bleasdale seems to have come out of retirement properly and is appearing in the Annexe, the long serving Cream resident deserves major props for his skills.

Cream
26th December
Nation, Wolstenholme Square. Liverpool, L1 4JJ
10-6am £30

Voodoo Nouveau
Greg Wilson

If you don’t fancy shelling out the big bucks to see the superstar names but you still fancy a bit of a jig about, we think we’ve found the solution for you. Greg Wilson isn’t a superstar name (he should be), but he’s extremely well regarded within “the industry” and with very good reason. He’s also playing at the Shipping Forecast for Voodoo Nouveau and the door tax is £12 – considerably cheaper than some of the alternatives. Get your glad rags on and go giddy for Greg. (Sorry. Alliteration makes us happy.)
Voodoo Nouveau
26th December
The Shipping Forecast, 15 Slater St, L1 4BW
10 – 3am £12

NYE

Chibuku
2 Many DJs, Chase & Status, DJ Fresh, Redlight, DREAD, Subfocus, Rudimental, Justin Robertson & more.

You know the old saying More bang for your buck? We’re assuming that whoever came up with that had just seen what Chibuku had got planned to welcome in 2013. (Note – it’s actually something to do with the US Military according to Wikipedia. We thought it was related to shagging tbh).

Anyway, this year Chibuku appear to have mistakenly booked 8 headliner acts which is unfortunate for them, and their p&l accounts, but a mega bonus for us. It’s at Camp and Furnace too which is a boss space for a rave – and the perfect venue for 2 Many DJ’s joyous noise – and they seemed to have forgone the fancy dress element of previous years, meaning that you won’t have to do the walk of shame home dressed as Minnie Mouse.

31st December
Camp & Furnace, Greenland street
8-4am £23

Abandon Silence
NYE Residents Party

After a boss year, Abandon Silence are handing the reigns over to the residents for their end of year party and taking it back to basics by revisiting their old haunt, The Hold. With Harry Sheehan, Rich Furness and Andrew Hill all having the skills to get the party going, and the entrance fee a measly £5, swerve sitting at home to witness an overly smug Jools Holland forcefully play honkytonk piano over all of his guests sets and go and have a dance instead.

Abandon Silence
3st December
The Hold, Shipping Forecast, Liverpool
10 – 3am £5

Av.Verdé & Lolife
Secret Attic Party

We hold our hands up, we always neglect those nights on the other side of the water – partly because we don’t really get to hear much about them and partly because we come out in hives when we go through the tunnel (antihistamines help). So, to address the balance, this NYE, Av. Verde are teaming up with LoLife and hosting a secret attic party somewhere in Birkenhead. We’re not being deliberately vague here, they haven’t released the details yet. If you don’t fancy having to remortgage your house to get a cab home this year, why not check out the homegrown talent?

Av Verde & LoLife
31st December
Location TBC
9 – late £10