“Dreaming Of A White Wonderland”
Already sick of the overplayed tune “Winter Wonderland” playing overhead at every store you did your holiday shopping? Trade in that tired track for the upgraded “White Wonderland” where patrons are required to be all decked out in white and DJs are spitting out the fresh beats rather than overplayed Christmas carols. This year, Armin van Buuren, Laidback Luke and W&W are confirmed to shake up the Anaheim Convention Center with more surprise acts to follow.
December 31 – Armin van Buuren, Laidback Luke, W&W, Showtek, Sunnery James and Ryan Marciano (starting at $139)
Anaheim Convention Center, 800 West Katella Ave, Anaheim, CA
“The Final Countdown”
If you’re looking to get more bang for your buck, then you might want to consider Insomniac’s Countdown event, featuring major players Audien, Bingo Players, DJ Snake and Porter Robinson. All these cats will be under one roof the night of New Year’s Eve for the starting ticket price of $94, so it becomes your one-stop-shop for confetti, costumes and top-rated production.
December 31 – Audien, Bingo Players, DJ Snake, Laidback Luke, Porter Robinson (starting at $94)
NOS Events Center, 689 South East Street, San Bernardino, CA
“Let It Snowglobe”
Sometimes the crowds and traffic of a city can be a frustrating way to celebrate the New Year, but if that’s the case then the annual SnowGlobe festival is the answer. What started off as a community college event has now become one of the most sought after festivals on New Year’s Eve featuring three nights of today’s top electronic dance musicians, including Disclosure, Flume and Porter Robinson. So rave with one of the most breathtaking silhouettes of California countryside in the background while night sky stars fall behind the flash of strobe stage lights.
December 29-31 - Disclosure, Flume, Porter Robinson, Skrillex, Zedd (starting at $99)
Lake Tahoe Community College, South Lake Tahoe, CA
“Lost In The City of Angels”
To end the year 2014 with a (literal) bang, Avalon has recruited big-room bass players Blasterjaxx to use its one-of-a-kind speaker system and push it to level 11. With support from D.O.D., the city of Los Angeles should brace itself for an earthquake of man-made proportions as the beats drop all through the night into the year 2015.
December 31 – Blasterjaxx, D.O.D. (starting at $85)
Avalon Hollywood, 1735 Vine Street, Hollywood, CA
“OMG On NYE”
Oh…my…god Becky, look at this lineup! With temperatures dropping as low as 30 degrees Fahrenheit, and snow hitting anything east of the Rocky Mountains, it’s no wonder a lot of DJs are looking to take their NYE parties to the West Side. LED will host ‘OMFG! NYE’ with the Dutch kings of EDM, including DJ Mag’s Top DJ Hardwell, Tiësto and Eric Prydz, along with many others top-rated DJs from across the globe.
December 29 – Hardwell (starting at $70), December 30 – Tiësto (starting at $70), December 31 – Eric Prydz (starting at $110)
Valley View Casino Center, 3500 Sports Arena Boulevard, San Diego, CA
“Hard Rock, Hardcore”
On the night of New Year’s, the Hard Rock Hotel San Diego will be immersed in lights, glam and dance with three floors and five venues that will be filled to the brim with beats and the DJs that dish them. Featuring more than 20 disc jockeys, including legends Adventure Club, this even is sure to be an adventure you’d sell your left nipple for.
December 31 – Adventure Club, Sid Vicious, Tony Arzadon, Chris Garcia, Three Cool Cats, Starry Eyed Music (starting at $50)
Hard Rock Hotel, 207 5th Avenue, San Diego, CA
“So High Like A G6”
Join the Mile High club as Live Nation brings decadence to the Mile High City with a packed lineup of the industry’s top acts including Kaskade, Madeon and Bassnectar. As they bust out the beats, patrons will be surrounded by diamond-clad décor and blitzed-out production sets within the Colorado Convention Center. And let us not forget the fact that certain herbs are legalized in Colorado, further adding to Denver’s reputation as the Mile High City.
December 30-31 – Kaskade, Sultan + Ned Shepard, Madeon, Bassnectar
(starting at $95)
Colorado Convention Center, 700 14th Street, Denver, CO
“In Pursuit Of Poolside”
There’s a little something for all music tastes poolside at the Fontainebleau. From Nervo’s girl-power inspired synthpop to The Weeknd soulful R&B melodies, top quality is guaranteed to soar out of the venue’s speakers throughout the whole night and well into the New Year. And as an added bonus, admission includes premium open bar and champagne toast at midnight. Score!
December 31 – Nervo, The Weekend (starting at $275)
The Fontainebleau, 4441 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL
“Living La Vida NYE”
We live for LIV and rightly so considering the top-notch acts they booked for New Year’s. Tuesday night will see Cedric Gervais light up the stages alongside TheDishh.com founder and longtime Kim Kardashian bestie Jonathan Cheban, followed the next night by Nicky Romero who headlines the stage before his opening, act Arno Cost.
December 30 – Cedric Gervais (starting at $60), December 31 – Nicky Romero (starting at $400)
The Fontainebleau, 4441 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL
“The Neverending Story”
The best stories from New Year’s Eve are going to come out of Miami’s Story. With a posh interior and huge space, it boasts one of the best dance floors in the nation and luckily it will host the perfect Pied Pipers to keep you on your feet all throughout New Year’s. On the 30th will be Steve Aoki flexing his new album Neon Future along with previews for his latest installment, Neon Future II, set to drop in 2015. On New Year’s Eve, Solomun will take the throne as he dishes out a superb blend of modern day remixes and original synthetic acoustic compositions.
December 30 – Steve Aoki (starting at $40), December 31 – Solomun (starting at $75)
Story Nightclub, 135 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL
“Out Of This World”
For their inaugural NYE party, Reaction events boosts the extra into extraterrestrial with the cosmic takeover featuring Zeds Dead. Their Space Oddity costume party lands down at Chi-town’s Aragon Ballroom featuring creatures of all types which is sure to include rave fairies and fur-clad beasts. If you can’t get tickets to the NYE event, luckily Reaction has a backup plan for the night before which will also feature Zeds Dead along with Seven Lions and Loud Pvck.
December 30 – Zeds Dead, Seven Lions, Loud Pvck (starting at $40), December 31 – Zeds Dead, Djembe Djembe, Juaz (starting at $45)
Aragon Ballroom, 1106 West Lawrence Avenue, Chicago, IL
“One Night In Paris”
The Jack is back, and he’s returning to his former love Paris (Studio Paris that is, not the Hilton). The Grammy award-winning producer will be bringing first class entertainment to a first class nightclub featuring bottle service and the city’s crème de la citizens. Anyone who’s anyone will be there so make sure to get your plans in advance to get the hookup.
December 31 – Afrojack (starting at $200)
Studio Paris, 59 West Hubbard, Chicago, IL
If you’re looking for a party with a little more heat (and some serious dub on the side) then you’ll have to plan a trip to the Twin Cities where Datsik is set to takeover with his label entourage. Featuring the lord of dubstep himself along with Terravita, Mayhem and more to come, be prepared to turn up and trick out while being blasted with heavy bass from four separate stages.
December 31 – Datsik, Terravita, Mayhem, Fox Stevenson, Bear Grillz (starting at $35)
Skyway Theatre, 711 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN
“Fire dancers, trapeze artists and DJs, oh my!”
Dance the night away along with a side of sideshow acts as Light Nightclub presents not one, but two long nights of top-Dutch action with Nicky Romero and Alesso as they are flanked on each end of the DJ booth by floating pools of Cirque du Soleil performers.
December 30 - Nicky Romero (starting at $30), December 31 - Alesso (starting at $75)
Mandalay Bay, 3950 South Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas, NV
“What Happens In Vegas”
The kingpin of A-list acts, Hakkasan will never disappoint with residents that include the world’s top DJs. For NYE, they’ve enlisted prolific producers Hardwell and Calvin Harris to entertain their VIP guests. Bottle service is a must to truly get the full experience Hakkasan has to offer.
December 30 – Hardwell, Kill The Buzz (starting at $30), December 31 - Calvin Harris, Eva Shaw & Burns (starting at $175)
MGM Grand Hotel and Casino, 3799 South Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas, NV
“NYE In XS”
Known as one of the best dance clubs on the strip, XS never disappoints whether you’re from out-of-town or a local. With a pool area, huge dance floors and plenty of bars, you are guaranteed to have crazy stories following a night out of this venue, especially when Zedd is scheduled to headline NYE night. Just make sure you’re suit and tie game is up to standards – XS boasts a pretty strict dress code.
December 31 – Zedd (starting at $125)
Wynn Las Vegas, 3131 South Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas, NV
“Rumble In The Jungle”
Rumored to be of the most rachet parties on New Year’s Eve, the city of New York better be prepared for the bass bombs that are about to drop out of Madison Square Garden. Double trouble hits the home of the Knicks when Skrillex AND Diplo perform side-by-side on the 31st along with special guests Rudimental and Yellow Claw. The Big Apple better steady itself for an earthquake ‘cause this ish is about to get heavy.
December 31 – Skrillex, Diplo, Rudimental, Yellow Claw (starting at $55)
Madison Square Garden, 4 Pennsylvania Plaza, New York, NY
“2015: A Space Odyssey”
If you’re looking for NYE plans that go beyond the over packed nightclubs and over priced drink specials, then you might want to look into BangOn!’s New Year’s event “Time and Space” which will exhibit the electronic rhythms of Mr. Hot Creations as well as the construction of Burning Man art cars by Eric Coolidge and a flying saucer ride.
December 31 – Lee Foss, Anabel Englund, Shiba San, Sweater Beats, Thriftworks, Gladkill (starting at $45)
Warehouse TBA, Brooklyn, NY
“Blkout In Brklyn”
For the party that won’t stop, head over to Output for its 42-hour NYE party (that’s right, straight from December 31 through January 2) sporting underground acts DJ Koze, Wareika (live), Sven Weisemann, and Kozo. Flexing some of the best acoustic spaces on the east coast, Output is a must see for any diehard electronic music enthusiast and you’re sure to get your money’s worth with tickets starting at $60.
December 31-January 2 – DJ Koze, Wareika (live), Sven Weisemann, Masomenos (liv & DJ), Kozo, Frank & Tony, Nikola Baytala, Taimur & Fahad, Connie, Lauren Ritter & Orazio Rispo, Wovoka (starting at $60)
Output, 74 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
You know when the name Borgore is involved things are going to get rachet. Join him and his borwhores for a four-floor slumber party like no other at Pacha where patrons will witness one of the biggest pillow fights in history. Just make sure you make the right decisions before shackling down on those New Year’s resolutions.
December 31 – Borgore (starting at $60)
Pacha NYC, 628 West 46th Street, New York, NY
“Wild N’ Out”
After having such a successful year with the release of their hit single “Latch” and their debut album Settle, UK dance duo Disclosure are looking to kick back and celebrate with a NYE party of carnal proportions. Joined by friends Claude VonStroke and Dusky (as well as many others), their holiday along the Hudson should make for some good times and sweet grinds.
December 31 – Disclosure, Claude VonStroke, Dusky, Ten Walls, Kyle Hall, Isaac Tichauer (starting at $100)
Pier 94, 711 12th Avenue, New York, NY
“Toast On The Terminal”
Erasure brings the final installment their tour to Terminal 5 for NYE where Book of Love and Alex English join them in support of their new album, The Violet Flame. Featuring emotionally charged electro-pop and synth-fueled melodies, it’s the place to be if you’re looking for a more refined and matured atmosphere to spend your New Year’s Eve.
December 31 – Erasure, Book of Love, Alex English (starting at $50)
Terminal 5, 610 West 56th Street, New York, NY
They don’t just put anyone’s name on the Marquee, which is why the New York club venue has enlisted the aid of dynamic duo Dada Life and former Swedish House Mafia member Sebastian Ingrosso to help ring in the New Year. December 30 will see Dada Life as they try to break their pillow fight record from September (though they have competition with Borgore now), while Sebastian Ingrosso will be dropping his new material on the night of New Year’s Eve to get crowds psyched for the New Year.
December 30 – Dada Life (starting at $70), December 31 – Sebastian Ingrosso (starting at $175)
Marquee NY, 280 10th Avenue, New York, NY
“Beats To Bell”
Bringing the French Revolution to Philly is Cedric Gervais who comes armed with Grammy award-winning remixes and dance worthy original tracks. Specific tracks to look forward to include forthcoming releases “Missing You” and “Love Again” which shall affirm Cedric’s continual ascension into superstardom
December 31 – Cedric Gervais
“0 to 360”
After selling out at Madison Square Garden, Tennessee’s Bridgestone Arena were quick to pick up Bassnectar again for his 360 degree show, making it is fourth annual NYE performance in Nashville. Of course the show is already sold out, but the hunt for tickets would be well worth it considering the venue’s list of prohibited items that include glowsticks, plush backpacks, pacifiers, and crowd surfing. Um, hello eBay, what you got left?
December 31 – Bassnectar, Tipper, G Jones (Sold Out)
Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville, TN
“Turn Up The Lights”
A must go-to for your festival bucket list, Lights All Night is the premiere New Year’s Eve Festival experience serving as the Dallas equivalent to Miami’s Ultra and Las Vegas’s Electric Daisy Carnival. Already confirmed in the three-day lineup are Skrillex, Zedd, Armin van Buuren and Disclosure along with many others.
December 26 – Skrillex, Zedd, Boys Noize, Destructo, Crizzly, Chromeo (starting at $85) December 27 – Armin Van Buuren, Disclosure, The Chainsmokers, DJ Snake, Paper Diamond, 12th Planet (starting at $85)
Dallas Convention Center, 650 South Griffin Street, Dallas, TX
We all heard the rumors of how rowdy it gets down south, which is why young stud on the rise Dyro is the perfect candidate to headline on NYE in Houston. Rising fast up the ranks of DJ Mag’s Top 100 list, the young talent has the tracks to turn up H-Town’s 7th Annual New Year’s Eve Ball with far more on the backburner that are guaranteed to catapult his career even further in the New Year.
December 31 – Dyro, Jordy Dazz (starting at $35)
Stereo Live, 6400 Richmond Avenue, Houston, TX
“I Am Legends”
If you think Brooklyn warehouse parties have become too mainstream then book yourself plane ticket to Magna, Utah where the next underground craze can be found in Saltair. A historical building turned nightclub, Saltair now hosts today’s hottest EDM acts with Feed Me, The Crystal Method and Overwerk working the tables on New Year’s Eve. It’s a craze in the making, so you better jump on it while VIP prices are still listed at $60.
December 31 – Feed Me, The Crystal Method, Overwerk, Jackal, Rokcity, DJ Motto (starting at $25)
The Great Saltair, 12408 West Saltair Drive, Magna, UT 84044
“Hail To The Chiefs”
As the authority of EDM in tri-state region, you can always count of Glow events to bring the noise to our nation’s capital, and for NYE they’ve booked some of the founding fathers of the genre (and its subgenres) with Benny Benassi and mainstream trap king Diplo. So express your freedom to dance as we celebrate another year that we can enjoy as #Mericans.
December 30 – Diplo (starting at $40), December 31 – Benny Benassi (starting at $50)
Echostage, 2135 Queens Chapel Road NE, Washington, D.C.
“Stellar Spark 12”
Known to throw some of the biggest parties in the Midwest, Stellar Spark books Carnage and Brillz to welcome the New Year, guaranteeing the best in beats, bass and maybe some free Chipotle, but we’ll let Carnage handle that one.
December 31 – Carnage, Brillz (starting $45)
The Rave/Eagles Club, 2401 West Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee, WI
“Around The World”
For those who for some reason are not able to make it out to our suggest venue’s this New Year’s Eve, producing legend Paul van Dyk has come to your aid with the help of Mixify’s new two-way live streaming Clubcast technology that allows one to stream their set over 20 venues across six continents. Listen in on PvD’s latest material as well as get more info on the future of club casting by clicking on the link below.
Global Connection Mixify Clubcast, worldwide
December 31 – Paul van Dyk (free)
Words: Jessica Wunsch