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An exotic welcome to 2018

Making a
spash: Epizode

Where: Paris

Why: Rex Club

Powering it: Mandar are playing Rex

Fuelled by numerous grassroots collectives, the Parisian party scene is healthier than it has been for years. For its quirkiness alone, Le Batofar (entry fee tba,, an old barge moored on the banks of the Seine, is well worth a visit, and trippy minimal advocate Eduardo de la Calle is this year’s NYE headliner. If you prefer low-ceilinged basement rooms, make the Rex Club (£20, your target. Hidden beneath a vintage cinema, this no-frills venue has been driving the city’s underground scene for decades and has the mouth-watering prospect of the Mandar trio powering it on the big night. Hotels in Paris are an expensive option over this time but Airbnb has private room options starting at £50 per night. Eurostar has returns from £135,

Where: Phú Quoc, Vietnam

Why: Epizode Festival

Jetting off to Vietnam isn’t the most straightforward of undertakings. Reaching the island of Phú Quoc will cost £500 with TUI Airways (departing Dec 27, and take at least 12 hours. But so what? All your troubles will seem far away. The average daytime temperature in late December is 27C and booze and living prices are also on your side. Stay at the Thuy House Resort (£4.56 per night, and enjoy a bottle of rum for £1.50. But most importantly, dance music’s biggest names, including techno don Carl Cox, will be in town to power a huge ten-day rave called Epizode Festival. £90 for a three-day pass or £150 for the duration,

Hostel: Fabrika

Where: Tbilisi

Why: Bassiani

Once you’ve checked into Fabrika hostel (£49 on Dec 31, fabrika, a former Soviet sewing factory, head to Lolita bar (Chovelidze Str. 7) for pre-party drinks. The Georgian capital’s techno institution is Bassiani (entry fee tba,, where artists from Bassiani Records – Varg, Abdulla Rashim and Voiski – will perform alongside the resident DJs. If you’re feeling a tad wonky on January 1, try a bowl of khashi, the national hangover remedy. This slow-cooked fusion of cow intestine and shin, onions, carrots and garlic will return you to the land of the living sharpish. Georgian Airways has returns from £363,

Intimate: Luzztro

Where: Warsaw

Why: Luzztro

Poland is Europe’s rising star. Manufacturing has fattened the national economy and a Polish edition of Vogue is set to launch next year, indicating the strength of the commercial market. You’ll find plenty of VIP glitz and glamour at clubs like Level 27 and Club Mirage, but Warsaw also offers a grittier aesthetic. The main vein of the underground movement leads straight to Luzztro (entry tba,, a dark, intimate sweatbox, where the music begins at 2am and continues into the following afternoon. Warehouse vibes reign supreme here – it’s a place for techno purists who love getting sweaty. Then rest at the city’s cool Patchwork hostel (£19 on Dec 31, Wizz Air has return flights from £162,

Sort yourself out: Khashi

Where: Tel Aviv

Why: The Block

Ignore the big hotel chains that dominate Tel Aviv’s Mediterranean shoreline and check out the surf-themed Yam Hotel near the port (£202 on Dec 31, Those on a tighter budget might prefer Hayarkon 48 (£268 for a five-bed private room on Dec 31,, a cool little hostel by the beach. Once you’ve unpacked, embark on a pub crawl along Dizengoff Street. Here you’ll find a plethora of vibrant bars, cafés and clubs, including a grungy neon party lair called Kuli Alma (free,, renowned for its eclectic underground music policy. Then, at midnight, skip across town to The Block (entry fee tba,, Tel Aviv’s global superclub, where the world’s biggest house and techno DJs regularly perform. EasyJet has returns from £450