The essentials for any successful New Year’s Eve party: friends, fancy dress, a midnight smooch and an awesome soundtrack. Dublin's Bernard Shaw can guarantee at least the last thing on the list.
We invited John Mahon, a man who knows a thing or two about throwing an NYE bash from his years running one of Dublin city's most enduringly cool bars, to create a mix of the very last songs you'll hear in 2013 (and the first of 2014) and describe the perfect night it'll be soundtracking. And no - there's no Auld Lang Syne.
NYE2013 by JOMA by Hssh on Mixcloud
Give us a little background on the mix.
Even though there’s no such thing, I tried to imagine a typical NYE in The Bernard Shaw and squash it in to less than an hour. All of these tracks have featured at our most fun parties. So, it probably starts with having a gang down around 9pm to grab a table and get some pizza from The Big Blue Bus, nodding the heads to funk/hip hop and weird stuff. As it gets closer to the witching hour, the tempo goes up. Disco does and will feature strongly, moving swiftly on to something with a kick and finishing on a high. We have to knock things on the head around 1am in The Shaw so lights go up at peak time, which is never popular when it happens but it means we get the fun started much earlier and hold on to more good memories.
The Bernard Shaw is known for throwing some of the best NYE parties - what are some of the things you've done with it over the years, and what do you think is the key to a good party?
People make the place, people make the party. If you don't have happy people in a good mood then you don’t have a party so first step is to make sure the friends are coming down and look after the details - food/drink/decoration/music.
Where do you recommend spending the first day of 2014?
Well, the Bernard Shaw provides a vital New Year’s Day revellers R&R service which goes down very well. We open the doors at 12pm and provide medicinal pints of Guinness for the weary followed by music therapy to fix all.
Stay tuned to bodytonicmusic.com for all happenings at the Shaw over the festive period and beyond. Check out http://nye.visitdublin.com/ for more New Years’ happenings over the four day festival (29th Dec-1st Jan).