“New Year’s Eve is every man’s birthday”, said Charles Lamb, and who wouldn’t want to find the perfect place to celebrate? But universal and hyped up celebration also means many, many options when it comes to venue, theme, music, price and even dress code. Here’s a little rundown of things happening in Utrecht this year.
New Years Eve Festival @ TivoliVredenburg
Where? Tivoli Vredenburg, Vredenburgkade 11, Time: 10PM to 6AM
It is New Year’s Eve, so of course Tivoli would have something in store for Utrechters. Now, how is this event different from a standard tivoli party? This festival-style venue-wide event gives attendees access to all the different venues within Tivoli Vredenburg, with different themes, artists, music genres and venue sizes. In short? This has the means to cater for virtually any tastes: perfect for your eclectic group of friends. Ronda: All-style with De Likt, Vunzige Deuntjes, Pop-O-Matic (with DJ St. Paul) and Aiscream. Pandora: House and electro with Carista, Detroit Swindle, Acid P303wer and Dutch Dance-legend, Cloud Nine: Mama Africa all night long. Park 6: Arcade games, champagne bar and silent disco. More info
Terug naar Toen x Happy Feelings NYE Special @ Het Muntgebouw
Where? Het Muntgebouw, Leidseweg 90, Time: 10PM to 5AM
For this one, the main attraction really is the venue. Het Muntgebouw, as its name indicates, is an old coin factory, and it’s worth a visit, not mentioning partying in. Second strong selling point of this event: it is all inclusive. So get your bling on – because if not in a coin factory then when? – and enjoy a continuous flow of bubbles, shots and confettis. Music: 90’s & 00’s, classics, RnB, Guilty pleasures, disco & house classics hits. More info
TIKTAK Utrecht @ Central Studios
Where? Central Studios, Gietijzerstraat 3 Time: 10PM to 6AM
One of the Netherlands biggest electronic music event is coming to Utrecht, and those looking for a night-long succession of live acts and DJs are given exactly what they’re asking for. Get your tickets early, this giant of a New Years party is selling out fast.
Live Acts: Lil Kleine / Jonna Fraser / Sevn Alias / SFB / Bokoesam / Josylvio / Valsbezig / Equalz
DJs: April Grey / BIGGI / CHILDSPLAY / DYNA / Freddy Moreira / Girls Love DJs / DJ Irwan / Johnny 500 / Exclu / Don Cartel / George Felix. More info
Casino Royale @ Kartoffel
Venue: Kartoffel, Oudegracht aan de Werf 145 Music: live band, Time: 10PM to 5AM
Price: €50 all-inclusive
Who wouldn’t want to start 2019 looking like a million bucks? For those in the mood for a snazzy James Bond dress-code, some cocktails, open buffet and a little roulette to match the theme, Kartoffel is where it’s at! Did I mention it’s all-inclusive? 50 euros and the champagne will just keep flowing. More info
Oud & Nieuw Party @ Olivier
Where? Olivier, Achter Clarenburg 6A, Time: from 10:30PM on
Price: €17.50, includes champagne at midnight
Olivier is bringing in a DJ party, and that, as can attest the connaisseurs, is rather unusual for this beer café located in an old church (link to other post if already up). Get ready to shake it in this most unique venue, but also look forward to champagne on the house and fireworks to celebrate the start of 2019. Music: Sugar & Spice and DJ Finch. More info
NYE 2018 @ WAS.
Where? WAS, Tractieweg 41, Time: 00:30 to 08:30AM.
WAS., although one of the newest comers on the scene, is already a well established venue for all the techno-loving ravers among us. Located in a large warehouse in Zuilen (North West of the city center), WAS. attracts a diverse range of young party-goers until the break of dawn. If you are planning on keeping to party going after the clock strikes 2019, any party at WAS. is a safe bet. Line up: Kobosil, Anthony Parasole & Abstract Division Requirements: must be over 21 years old. More info
NYE w/ Olivier Weiter @ Basis
Where? Venue: Basis, Oudegracht aan de Werf 97, Time: 00:30 to 6:00AM (minimum)
If electronic music is your scene, Basis may just be ticking all your boxes this year. Olivier Weiter, who will be assisting you in this all-nighter, is the DJ scoring the highest number of night-long parties at Basis. So let’s run down the checklist. Energetic and quality-proven DJ? Check. Centrally located venue on the Oudegracht? Check. Affordable? Check. I’d say this is a solid offering right there. Music: Olivier Weiter all night long. More info
Of course, the best New Years Eve parties are at home. With friends, family and lot’s of oliebollen & champagne, but if you’re looking to dance until the sun rises, these are probably the best options in Utrecht! Let us know what you’re up to!
*Mathilde is one of our guest editors who lives in Utrecht. She was born in Geneva, Switzerland, and currently works in Amsterdam as a Field Marketing Executive. She’s going to keep us updated on what’s happening in Utrecht and it’s surroundings!