Gilles Peterson's Worldwide Awards returns to legendary Mornington Crescent venue KOKO on Saturday January 21, and once again the event is likely to torpedo and sink any hopes of completing a booze-free month; with nigh on seven hours of sensational live music to enjoy, stimulants may be required to make it through the night to the end. Still, if you've gone three weeks without any grog, that's pretty good going - you deserve a drink.
Now in its 11th year, the evening features a dozen or more artists and DJs handpicked by tastemaker Peterson from all over the globe, and runs from 8pm until the wee hours, with the actual awards dished out at around midnight by the BBC Radio 6 Music maestro, who boyish looks and indefatigable, infectious passion belie his 52 years.
As usual he has served up an eclectic cocktail of musicians which have caught his attention throughout the year, ranging from Chicago rapper Noname to Indian-reared electro jazzer Sarathy Korwar, and including Parisian pair Acid Arab's ethno-dub, as well as East London MC Trim, daring Dutch dance producer Jameszoo, and many, many other special guests.
For Peterson's cult-like devotees the Worldwide Awards is a must-attend party, with the date ringed in the calendar months in advance. With the variety of artists on stage and in the DJ booth, between band set ups, it's an undulating journey which becomes inexorably - and deliciously - darker and dancier as the night progresses.
Little surprise that at the time of writing, with less than two weeks to go, there were only 30 tickets remaining for the musical extravaganza at the 117-year-old tiered venue, formerly The Camden Theatre, which has a capacity of 1,410. Those who miss out on a ticket are encouraged to tune in to the official live stream, which will begin at 8pm via www.gillespetersonworldwide.com.
And to those who lucky enough to be attending what is sure to be another epic evening at KOKO, I'll see you at the bar.