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How Does It Feel To Be Loved? Virtual Dance Party
Thursday December 31st 2020, 10pm-5am GMT.

There will be a live stream here - http://mixlr.com/hdif/

We'll also be streaming the set to the VR version of the Canterbury Arms in AltspaceVR. To join us there, go here for more info - www.howdoesitfeel.co.uk/hdifvr.html

Well we didn't expect to still be doing virtual dance parties by the time New Year's Eve rolled around, and I held out for as long as possible before making the decision to go ahead with something online. But here we all are and so let's make the best of it.

There will be a Zoom party as always, and we'll be running in VR in Altspace as well. The night will feature highlights of all of the virtual dance parties we've held this year, a mixture of the best bits of HDIF in 2020, alongside the usual requests, surprises and old favourites.

The running order of the night will be as follows:

10pm-11pm - We always open our NYE parties with an hour of music by musicians who died in the year. Come raise a glass to some sorely-missed musical heroes.
11pm-1am - Me taking us into the New Year. Can I time the bongs to land exactly on midnight? Let's find out!
1am - 2am - Bill Botting of Allo Darlin' joins us from the future (Australia, 11 hours ahead), with a guest DJ set of indie pop, 80s pop and more.
2am - 5am - Me again, with the usual mix of indie pop, northern soul and 60s girl groups.
5am - We traditionally close our NYE parties with "Love Really Hurts WIthout You" by Billy Ocean and this year will be no different.

Requests please! Email nyerequests@howdoesitfeel.co.uk with your song requests.

All of our virtual dance parties are free of charge, but if you'd like to make a donation, that would be very welcome. You can do that here

Thank you!




Photos from previous HDIF New Year's Eve parties are here:

31st December 2019
31st December 2018
31st December 2017
31st December 2016
31st December 2015

31st December 2014
31st December 2013
31st December 2012
31st December 2011
31st December 2010
31st December 2008
31st December 2007
31st December 2006
31st December 2005

We play:

Belle & Sebastian * Dusty Springfield * The Magnetic Fields * Love * Orange Juice * The Ronettes * The Ramones * Aztec Camera * Beach Boys * Buzzcocks * The Supremes * The Cure * The Temptations * Velvet Underground * Felt * The Shangri-Las * Allo Darlin' * Otis Redding * The Field Mice * Dexys Midnight Runners * Camera Obscura * The Four Tops * The Go-Betweens * Tammi Terrell * Jens Lekman * Jonathan Richman * Le Tigre * Pat Powdrill * The Sea Urchins * Sleater-Kinney * Os Mutantes * Neutral Milk Hotel * The Left Banke * The Associates * Martha Reeves & The Vandellas

Reviews of How Does It Feel To Be Loved?:

"This hugely popular night knows there are few better ways to enter the new year than with a soundtrack of classic sixties soul and the most danceworthy janglepop and shimmering indie tunes." - Time Out

“A speakeasy for anyone who suspects that their life is one big Smiths song' - Big Issue
'Absolutely the best night in the whole of the world!” - The Guardian
“Much-loved indie pop institution” - The Quietus
“Legendary indie club” - NME
"How Does It Feel To Be Loved has, since 2002, easily been one of London’s best club nights. Its unpretentious and welcoming nature, often fuelled with everything from Belle & Sebastian and Orange Juice to Tamla Motown and Dusty Springfield, swipes away any negative connotations our capital has for being a cold, brutal and rather heartless place." - Music OMH
"With a tag-line of ‘From the Smiths to the Supremes’ it’s the music policy that shapes How Does It Feel To Be Loved?; indie-pop and soul draw a quietly hip bunch of revelers. Best of all they are just so friendly; no aggro or posturing here – it’s all crooked smiles and handclaps." - For Folk's Sake
"With a decade of great nights under its belt How Does it Feel to Be Loved? is one of London's most enduring and influential underground indie get-togethers." Flavorpill

HDIF Podcasts:

Throw a party in your living room with the latest HDIF podcast. The podcasts have a variety of themes - some feature songs that were played at the most recent club night, and some are new music specials focussing on indie pop.

You can listen to them here:



About How Does It Feel To Be Loved?

How Does It Feel To Be Loved? (often abbreviated to HDIF) has been running in London since 2002. We play indie pop, northern soul, Motown, and 60s girl groups at our nights - we love pop, we love guitars that jangle, we love foot stomping melodies and huge choruses. Over the years, we've had tons of fantastic guest DJs appear at the club, including Stuart Murdoch of Belle & Sebastian, David Gedge of The Wedding Present, Kevin Rowland of Dexys, Tracyanne Campbell of Camera Obscura, Norman Blake of Teenage Fanclub, Jeffrey Lewis, and lots more (full list here). We also put on live music nights (currently at the Cavendish Arms in Stockwell, more info here), produce monthly podcasts (which are here), and run an all-ages family version of the club on the last Sunday afternoon of the month (info here). We've been called "legendary" by the NME, "an institution" by Time Out and The Quietus, "impeccable" by Londonist, and "the best night in the whole of the world" by The Guardian. We've been part of the line up of the End Of The Road festival since 2011, and Indietracks festival since it started in 2007. We do it because we love it.