New Year’s Eve – its primary function is to ensure you have a hangover worthy of a day off on January 1. But since you have to do something, you might as well do something fun, right? Here are Broadsheet’s picks of the best soirees around Sydney on December 31.

Mad Racket NYE 2012 – Very Local
Mad Racket have been keeping NYE deep, fun and affordable in the inner west for years now, and if you’ve ever been to one of their parties, you’ll appreciate their reputation as Sydney’s most respected purveyors of sophisticated dance floor sounds and good times. This NYE, they’re shunning foreign headliners in favour of Kali (the refined palette behind touring agency Picnic) and Future Classic’s EDM composer Peret Mako, alongside the Racketeers. Expect drinks at bowling club prices and sounds to get lost to under the copper ceiling.
Mad Racket Facebook Event

Boom Boom NYE
The Boom Boom crew are all about parties with distinguished house DJs in unique, secret locations. Their last bash was on the rooftop of a city skyscraper, so who knows where they’ve found to ring in the New Year? What we do know is that they’re bringing out eminent Detroit house and techno producer (and Theo Parrish collaborator) Marcellus Pittman for his second ever Australian visit. There are only 150 tickets on sale, so be quick!

NYE at the End of the Wharf
If you really must see the fireworks, then you can’t do much better than the NYE party at Sydney Theatre Company’s Bar at the End of the Wharf in Walsh Bay. You’ll be right beside the Bridge and your (admittedly steep) ticket also gets you food from the Duke Bistro, a glass of Mumm champagne and live rockabilly tunes from the Pat Capocci Combo and Lucky Luke and his Shooting Stars.

Player Haters NYE Ball at Goodgod
Shantan and the rest of the team at FBi’s Stolen Records are supersizing their Player Haters Ball for NYE, and the best news is that The Left Eyes feat. Milan are back with their live, cheeky cover versions of 90s RnB (from TLC to Destiny’s Child and everything in between) at GoodGod. What’s not to love? Wear your freshest snapback and your oldest kicks (they’re guaranteed to get stepped on).

Black Cherry NYE Sydney’s favourite rock’n’roll burlesque party gives NYE the metal fingers, with saucy performances by Frankie Faux (Sydney’s answer to Dita Von Teese), Tasia from Star Wars Burlesque and hula hoop-wielder Kira Hu-La-La, plus a massive line-up of rockabilly, ska and Celtic punk bands, rock’n’roll karaoke, absinthe cocktails, a mechanical bull and food truck tacos.
Black Cherry NYE event page

Peats Ridge Festival
Escape the city entirely for three days of riverside camping and a cleverly compiled selection of soul, indie, dub and hip-hop acts at Peats Ridge. It’s only an hour and a half drive north of the city but feels like an entire world apart, with the valley transformed into a psychedelic wonderland of artworks, sustainability workshops, music and more P.L.U.R. (peace, love, unity, respect) vibes than an early 90s bush rave. The NYE Masquerade Ball is always a good time.
$340 + BF season pass

Field Day
Rest up on NYE (which is for weekend warriors, in any case) and bring your party to the Domain for New Year’s Day institution Field Day, where Fuzzy have truly outdone themselves with a superlative line-up of danceable acts du jour. Our top picks are SBTRKT, Erol Alkan, Hudson Mohawke, Aeroplane, Two Door Cinema Club, Hot Chip and Coolio (because of Gangsta’s Paradise, duh!). Just cross your fingers that the mercury stays at festival-friendly levels.

FACT NYE: mobilee Rooftop Session
$300 will get you a prime spot on the rooftop of the MCA and a night of wiggly house and Berlin-minimal sounds from Martin Landsky & And.Id, of Anja Schneider’s taste-making mobilee records, plus Javi Sampol and Roberto Martin from international house brand FACT, and dinner thrown into the bargain.
Final release $300+BF
Facebook event page

House party!
Recreate your favourite New Year’s bash in the comfort of your living room with little more than your friends, a stereo and a bewildering array of liquor. Bonus points if someone can whip out the bagpipes for Auld Lang Syne.
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