The conclusion of each year and the beginning of a new one is always an exhilarating time. We reflect on how our time was spent while getting excited and setting goals for what’s to come. Because of all the excitement that surrounds this time of year, I usually like to spend my New Year’s surrounded by friends and listening to some of my favorite artists. Deciding where to do that, though, is always a tricky decision, and it didn’t get much easier this year. There are so many incredible New Year’s Eve festivals that take place across the country that picking just one can seem impossible (which is why I’ll probably be doing two, oops).
So if you’re feeling a little lost or uncertain on how to spend your New Year’s Eve, I’ve got you covered. Below I listed ten of the biggest New Year’s events in EDM to try and help you narrow down your decision!
It wouldn’t be a New Year’s Eve in America without Countdown NYE. This is Insomniac’s New Year’s event that takes place every year at the NOS Events Center in San Bernadino, California. This year, Countdown will only be one night: December 31st. However, there will be tons of fun squished into this one unforgettable night! Artists performing at this event were finally announced recently and will include Tiesto, Afrojack, Dillon Francis, Justin Martin, RL Grime, Zedd, Camelphat, Herobust, Shiba San, Zomboy, and many more.
Grab Countdown NYE ticketshere.
LIGHTS ALL NIGHT
Lights All Night is a classic Texas festival that takes place at Dallas Market Hall. This year, what makes this festival stand out from most of the New Year’s festivals is that it doesn’t actually take place on New Year’s Eve, but the weekend before. So, it will take place Friday, December 28th and Saturday, December 29th. The full lineup was finally announced recently and includes Kaskade, Excision, Diplo, Gucci Mane, Rezz, Tiesto, What So Not, 1788-L, Ekali, Luca Lush, Charlesthefirst, and many more.
Grab Lights All Night ticketshere.
This is one of the biggest and most spread out events for the holiday season is Decadence, as it takes place in three locations: Arizona, Colorado, and Utah. This year the Arizona edition will be held at Rawhide Event Center on December 30th and 31st and will include huge headliners such as Skrillex, Porter Robinson, Eric Prydz, Marshmello, Ghastly, Rezz, Above & Beyond, Valentino Khan, Skism b2b Trampa, Alison Wonderland, and Nghtmre b2b DJ Diesel for the special countdown set. The Colorado segment will take place at the Colorado Convention Center and will host Skrillex, Zeds Dead, Marshmello, Illenium, Eric Prydz, Mikey Lion & Lee Reynolds, Above & Beyond, and many more. The Utah segment, which is smaller and takes place on the 31st only at The Great Saltair, will have Adventure Club, Getter, Black Tiger Sex Machine, Downlink, SoDown, and A.O.T.
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This is an amazing 3-day festival held in San Diego every year, and the lineup this year might be one of the best yet. This year’s OMFG! NYE will feature Kaskade, Illenium, Porter Robinson, Boombox Cartel, Valentino Khan, Luca Lush, Gammer, and many more incredible artists. It’s at the Valley View Casino Center from December 29th-31st, and is sure to be one of the biggest parties on the West Coast.
Grab OMFG! NYE tickets here.
This festival was one of the first New Year’s festivals to announce its lineup, and it sure did set the bar high! With a combination of electronic and hip-hop, Snowta is bringing the party to the Minneapolis Convention Center on December 30th and 31st. Leading this year’s bill are Marshmello, Skrillex, Nghtmre, Chief Keef, Ghastly, Rich The Kid, Ganja White Night, and many more. This festival has some extremely unique options for extra fun in addition to the music as well: including laser tag, freestyle motocross, a snowboard rail jam, a skate park, an arcade, and bungee trampolines.
Grab Snowta ticketshere.
Bassnectar’s infamous New Year’s Eve festival is back for another incredible event, taking place this year at the Greensboro Coliseum in North Carolina. This is a one-night event and will feature Bassnectar as the headliner, as well as G Jones b2b Eprom, Manic Focus, Anna Morgan, and the beloved 360-degree rotating circular stage. This is a beloved festival by all Bassnectar fans and this year is sure to be just as incredible!
Grab NYE360 tickets here.
This festival is hosted by USC Events and takes place in Seattle every year. The festival hasn’t made any announcements as to details other than the fact that it will take place on New Year’s Eve this year once again. We’ll have to keep our eyes and ears peeled for more details!
Taking place in the wintery wonderland of South Lake Tahoe, California, SnowGlobe has made a name for itself as one of the most iconic festivals that takes place during the holiday season. This year’s lineup is absolutely huge and features artists from all over the electronic music spectrum including Eric Prydz, RL Grime, Above & Beyond, Rezz, Diplo, Big Gigantic, Nghtmre b2b Slander, AC Slater b2b Wax Motif, and so many more. This festival takes place December 29-31st and since it’s outside is known for being chilly, so be sure to pack your LED fur jackets!
Grab Snowglobe ticketshere.
If you’re an East Coast dweller and are starting to feel left out, never fear, Hijinx is here! Hijinx is held in Philadelphia on December 28th and 29th at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. There are some huge artists coming out including ODESZA, Bassnectar, Illenium, Griz, RL Grime, Big Gigantic, Ganja White Night, Flatbush Zombies, and more.
Grab Hijinx ticketshere.
Radiance is another smaller scale event taking place on New Year’s Eve, but it’s still going to be a massive party! It’s at the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee and is sure to draw lots of ravers from the Midwest and beyond. This is a huge bass-only show, with Excision, Zeds Dead, Bear Grillz, Riot Ten, Whipped Cream, and Spock ringing in the new year right. If you like dubstep, this would be a great move for you on New Year’s Eve!
Grab Radiance tickets here.
If you didn’t find what you were looking for in this list, don’t worry! There are lots of other electronic events happening around the country that didn’t make it onto this list. If you live near a decent-sized city, there is a good chance there is an event going on close to you! Choosing where to spend your last moments of 2018 (and first moments of 2019) can seem like a daunting task, but as long as you’re surrounded by good people and good music, your year is bound to be off to an amazing start.