Ho ho ho! Merry Christmas from Tel Aviv, the city whose hipster population is probably putting more effort into celebrating Christmas than most Christians. Lots of good stuff happening this weekend, from some Jaffa holiday spirit to indie, nostalgic trash and, obviously, techno from Berlin.
Balishag @ Pasaz from 22:00 with Bemet playing live, followed by an eclectic DJ set (world music to indie and beyond) leading to a more familiar electronic vibe later on. Free.
Uriah Klapter playing all night @ Radio EPGB from 22:00. Free.
Laila @ Anna Loulou from 21:30. Arabic music all night. Cool Jaffa and Tel Aviv hipsters. Probably free for a while and then 10-20NIS or maybe it’s free all night.
Blender Christmas retro party @ Deli – 60s – 90s music, hits and trash. The Deli will close down soon so if you want to check it out and don’t like electronic music, I guess this is your night. 30NIS.
Gum Bisexual Party @ Tahat, special Christmas edition – drag shows, mingling and presents, plus some sort of electronic music. Everyone welcome, no matter where you are on the sexual spectrum. From 23:00. 20NIS.
Surprise surprise, Berlin II, aka The Block, is having a German techno night. This time it’s with the Kompakt label.
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Asaf Samuel :: Malka Tuti :: Tel Aviv
W E V A L (Live) :: Kompakt :: Amsterdam
M I C H A E L – M A Y E R :: Kompakt :: Cologne
Partok :: Kompakt, The Block :: Tel Aviv
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R E D – A X E S :: Garzen Records :: Tel Aviv
Pr. Apfelberg :: Kompakt, The Block :: Tel Aviv
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Instinct Album Release Party
MARKEY FUNK :: Audio Montage :: Jerusalem
Max Schreiber :: Tel Aviv
Re-Arbeiten :: Beer Sheva
From 23:30. 60NIS before 1:00, then 110NIS.
An afternoon event @ Auerbach records with DJs, booze and a clothing sale. From 11:00 – 16:00 Full details here.
Liberation X-mas Circus party @ Bascula from 22:00 – performance, music and a fun crowd. Tickets 65NIS on the door, less in advance. Full details here.
C.U.N.T @ Tahat from 23:30 – the popular indie night that has just announced it will be ending its run in a few months (4 parties) and moving onto other things. So if indie (90s and current) is your thing, head down there while you can. Tickets around 50NIS.
A Christmassy Slow night @ Anna Loulou – a projected fireplace, cheesy classics, holiday hymns and all kinds of slow music to chill out to, dance with a special someone and get into the Christmas spirit…right after the holiday itself is gone. From 21:00, Free till 23:00 then 20NIS.
Another 24 hour party @ Deli from 21:00. No lineup has been posted yet, but one assumes it will be varied and good. It’s gonna go on all weekend, so you can make it your afterparty, too.
Electric Dreams @ Radio EPGB from 22:00 – special Christmas edition. Lots of cheesy 80s hits all night. Free.
Hip hop and trap all night at the free party @ Pasaz from 23:30. Or turn up at 22:00 to watch what I’m guessing is some film about the local skateboarding scene, plus a photo exhibition. Also free.
Terry Francis (Fabric, UK) headlines the Bootleg from 23:30. The usual applies – join the Facebook event and get there before 1:00 to get in for 50NIS. Otherwise up to 80NIS.
It’s international Pizza Punk day! You can celebrate at the Green Cat vegan pizza place from 18:00 – 1:00 with loud punk music, booze and some really strange pizza specials.