As one of the most anticipated holiday weekends approaches, many Southern Californians are weighing their options and deciding which shows/parties to attend. Whether it’s a small get together with friends or a sold out nightclub, this New Year’s Eve promises to be a big one in the Los Angeles area. In terms of EDM, there are tons of different options; stretching from downtown Hollywood to Anaheim, fans have an array of artists and venues to pick from this weekend . . . here are the best:
Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano at Playhouse
- Playhouse Hollywood
- Friday, Dec. 30, 2011
Fresh off playing with Axwell at the Palladium, the incredible Dutch duo are back in LA again for a pre-New Year warm-up. The opening set will be by DJ S-co who is one of the best local DJs Los Angeles has to offer – take note of the name. Considering the entire weekend will turn into one big party, I strongly suggest you check out the Playhouse this friday – you won’t be disappointed.
(Also, here’s our interview with Sunnery & Ryan and they are also slated to DJ the MTV New Year’s Eve show in NYC the next night)
Tickets (As of right now, $20).
Insomniac pres. White Wonderland:
Dubbed a New Year’s Gala, this 2-day Insomniac festival (21+) promises to be massive. From the outstanding line-up to the mandatory ‘All White’ attire, Insomniac is combining holiday theme with some of the best DJ’s in the world to create a must-see event.
Anaheim Convention Center (Map)
Saturday, Dec. 31: SOLD OUT
- 6 pm – 7 pm Trent Cantrelle
- 7pm – 8 pm Dada Life
- 8pm – 9:45 Kaskade
- 9:45 – 12am Benny Bennassi
- 12am – 2am Paul Van Dyk
Sunday, Jan. 1 Tickets still available
- 7pm – 8 pm Tara Brooks
- 8pm – 10pm Thomas Gold
- 10pm – 12amAN21 & Max Vangeli
- 12am – 2am Steve Angello
Avaland 12/31/11: John Digweed NYE.
- Avalon, Hollywood 9pm – 9am
- (John Digweed Extended Set – Yes, 8+ hours).
‘Some DJ careers are built on hype. John Digweed’s career is built on substance. One of the planet’s most popular DJs, his sets never fall out of favour with clubbers the world over, as his relentless global gig schedule testifies. From ethereal, swirling cinematic soundscapes to energy-infused bass-bothering tech growlers, a new generation of clubbers are learning what we already know – that there’s nothing quite like being locked into a John Digweed set.’ – Avalon
Tickets will Sell Out.
Fedde Le Grand at the Music Box w/ Hardwell & Deniz Koyu
- Satuday 12/31/11
- MusicBox, Hollywood
Also put on by Insomniac, this party is sure to be absolutely incredible. Each of the artists playing had enormous 2011’s and there is no better way to cap it off than this show at the Music Box. Combining a fantastic venue with incredible artists, this would also be an unbelievable way to party into the New Year.
Tickets (Note: there are some packages that allow for a ticket to this show & Day 2 of White Wonderland).
Others notable festivals:
- XLNYE at The Observatory, Santa Ana, CA Tickets
- Together As One
- Playhouse NYE, Maufacutred Superstars & EYE
- EPIC’s New Year’s Eve
- OMFG! in San Diego
- Snow Globe in Lake Tahoe