Alright West Coasters. West Coast = best coast, we all know this. Even though NYC boasts some of the scene's hottest DJs ringing in the New Year at awesome venues in the Big Apple, I think we've got them beat over here. Check out our top picks for the West Coast's New Years Eve raves, whether they be indoor or outdoor, hot or cold...or even naughty or nice.
SF Bay Area
Hawthorn New Years Eve with Mark Farina
While all of the trance heads and trapaholics will be down in LA and SD for larger events, old school house and techno fans will be groovin' to Mark Farina's jazz-inspired beats at Hawthorn Lounge. The tickets for this event are a little pricey, but for $100 you get a champagne toast, hors d'oeuvres and a party that goes on past 2 AM for afterhours.
Myon & Shane 54 at Ruby Skye
Ruby Skye is one of SF's most popular nightclubs, and Myon & Shane 54 are taking over for New Years Eve if you're looking for something a little more fancy. From 8-11p there is a ridiculously delicious hors d'oeuvres selection and full menu items including filet mignon. Worried that the food will fill you up and you'll lose steam? Free coffee Red Bull and coffee is available. Tickets start at $100 (unless you're waiting until after midnight, where they go down to $50 at the door).
Sea of Dreams
Get ready for a two nights of glitch hop and psychadelic beats at Sea of Dreams, with Pretty Lights headlining along with other epic artists including The Glitch Mob, Break Science, Flying Lotus and more. I have to say, I'm surprised that Pretty Lights isn't out at his native Colorado for Decadence, and the bay area is getting lucky for this booking. This is SF's big event to attend if you're looking for less traditional EDM. 2 and single day passes are still available!
On the other side of the bay, Oakland's Oracle Arena will be getting ravey with a 360 degree rotating stage and tons of lazers. Armin Van Buuren and Bingo Players will be joining you in the arena til 2 AM, along with The M Machine, W&W and more. If you go, don't forget to hashtag your Insta pics with #WEARETHEONESWHORAVE.
Insomniac's Countdown New Years Eve
Event moguls Insomniac take over the NOS Events Center in San Bernadino once again for Countdown NYE. It's a much smaller lineup, but with heavy hitters like Porter Robinson and Laidback Luke, it's up to you to decide if the $100 price tag is worth it.
OMFG! NYE LA
The OMFG! New Years Eve shows are our top picks for this year's California EDM New Years events. The three day event boasts big names like Madeon, Eric Prydz and LED Events never disappoints with incredible production value. Be sure to take a look at their list of banned items at the link above though, they're pretty strict. If you're not up for three striaght days of raving in the middle of the week (let's be real, some of us work, ugh), there are single day tickets available.
Insomniac Presents: LA Loves Techno @ Exchange
Exchange LA is one of the area's most popular nightclubs for electronic artists and fans alike. If you're sick of repetitive progressive house, trying to get through the crowds of kandi kids at larger multiple day events, this is the New Years Eve that you want. The evening features what are sure to be epic performances from John Digweed and Tchami, and tables are still available. Regular tickets start at $60 and VIP is a steep $250. If you're planning on paying that much, just get some friends together and split a table. Your wallet (and your tired legs) will be happy.
OMFG! NYE San Diego
OMFG! takes their show to San Diego as well this New Years, with a big of a different lineup setup. Hardwell and Tiesto are the only two artists playing on the 29th and 30th (one each day) and the 31st lists a MASSIVE lineup that we'd highly recommend for anyone in the San Diego area to attend. Prydz is also headlining this night (how we can only assume would be via private jet between shows), and the rest is a pretty trappy lineup with artists like Borgore, Flosstradamus, Bro Safari and more.
Tritonal @ Bassmnt
Bassmnt Nightclub hosts many of our favorite artists, and Tritonal will be taking over for New Years Eve. Got some friends who have been bitching about expensive New Years Eve prices? Although the first few tiers are sold out, tickets are still only $50.
FNGRS CRSSD NYE w/ The Bixel Boys at Bang Bang
At OTB, we love the Bixel Boys. We're huge fans of their music, as well as their #FREELIFE mantra and they'll be heading from OMFG! San Diego over to Bang Bang for a late night show to ring in the New Year. Want something even more budget friendly? Tickets are only $30. I'm serious.
Snowglobe Music Festival
Snowglobe has been (and still is) on my bucket list. We've all been to indoor raves and outdoor festivals in the hot weather, but seriously, how cool is it to hit the slopes during the day (if you can ski hungover) and then throw on your coat and beanie to go jam to some of electronic music's most amazing artists?? The lineup is absurd too: Zedd, Flume, Skrillex, Porter Robinson, Odesza and so many more incredible artists are just making me jealous here writing this. Better hope that you have friends with pre-arranged accomidations if you're hopping on the boat this late - most condos and houses are reserved for the holiday. 3 day tickets have also sold out, but single day tickets remain.
After the circumstances surrounding a death at Seattle's biggest festival, Freaknight, we were worried that Wamu Theater would no longer be hosting USC Events massives. Alas, the team came through and Resolution NYE is still scheduled to go on as planned. With Hardwell lining up the docket this year along with Morgan Page, Cosmic Gate, Pegboard Nerds, Zomboy and more, your trance and basshead friends won't have to fight on where your rave fam will be spending New Years in Seattle this year. Don't forget, the color theme is white and gold if you want to get festive.
Donald Glaude @ Q Nightclub
Q is my favorite nightclub in Seattle, and it'll be a blast to ring in the New Year in Seattle with the "Glaudefather." Donald Glaude, a Seattle native, has continued to create nothing shortof incredible house music and it's a bonus to get all dressed up and hear it over a crisp Funktion One sound system. Be sure to inquire about tables and get a group of friends together for this one.
The Breakfast Club: New Years Day w/ Worthy @ The Monkey Loft
I love Seattle because these people know how to PARTY. The Monkey Loft is known for its late night and afterhours parties that stretch way into the wee hours of the morning (I've definitely caught a few sunrises coming out of there). Now, why should you waste New Years Day sitting around and being hungover - that's what mimosas are for! The intimate club is teaming up with Resident Advisor to host The Breakfast Club with Dirtybird Records' Worthy. I highly recommend it, perhaps just wear your sunglasses.
Zedd @ XS Nightclub
XS always hosts one Vegas' largest New Years Eve parties, and with Zedd, need I say more? Looks like he'll be flying in from Snowglobe just in time to hit the stage for what is sure to be an incredible party. Be sure to dress to the nines for this one, and get a table (if you can afford it).
Alesso at LIGHT Nightclub
My 2nd favorite nightclub in Vegas (sorry Light, XS takes the cake) will be hosting Alesso for its New Years Eve celebration. There are still a few tables available, but sell out risk is extremely high. Enjoy the incredible performance of the Cirque du Soleil crew to go along with your champagne and awesome Swedish progressive house grooves.
Decadence New Years Eve
Decadence is Colorado's largest electronic New Years party, whose promotions flyers look eerily similar to Seattle's Resolution. The lineup is epic, with four stages and performances by Kaskade, Bassnectar, Armin B2B Zedd (yes, Zedd is doing 3 shows I'm not even kidding), Claude Von Stroke, Disclosure and many more. Decadence does a great job at aligning similar music styles to each stage, and it's definitely an event I'd like to attend one day.
STS9 @ The Fillmore Auditorium
If you're looking for something a little more chill, then catching STS9 at the famous Fillmore Auditorium is for you. The famous rock/electronic hybrid group will be helping you ring in the New Year in a much more chill setting. Be sure to smoke up some of that legal Colorado ganja before you head in - you'll have a blast.
Reaction NYE with Zeds Dead & Special Guests
We know it's not the West Coast but we didn't want to leave out Chi Town! Zeds Dead is getting weird and interstellar this New Years with Reaction at the famous Agaron Ballroom. The 2 day event features a space theme, and there is a $1000 prize for the best contest. Day 1 features Seven Lions and LOUDPVCK as support and day two they join DJEMBA DJEMBA and Jauz. VIP tickets are still available, and if you dress up and win the costume contest, you'll come out a winner!