The festive holiday season is upon us. While for some, this may be a simple time of reflection, relaxation, and plenty of food with family, for others (cough, us) it’s a time of celebration; a time to start this year as we intend to spend it: full of really good music, dance parties, and good times. And while the summer tends to be the designated festival season, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t any happening as we approach year-end.
New Year’s Eve is always a party. Every single venue in every single city puts on a big event to celebrate the end of one year and welcome the next. These parties tend to be overpriced and underwhelming. Long lines in cold weather are followed by overcrowded clubs and a pricey cab ride back home. We deserve better and thankfully the universe has answered our prayers.
We want our New Year’s Eve celebration to last. We waited all year for this! So, to start off your year on the right foot, we’ve compiled a list of electronic music festivals that start in 2019 and keep on going into 2020 so you can ring in the New Year in the best way possible.
Epizode – Phú Quốc, Vietnam
The much-anticipated Epizode festival in Phú Quốc, Vietnam kickstarts its 4th edition on December 27th and runs through the New Year to January 7th. This 11-day festival is guaranteed to be a good time. What could be better than ringing in the new year on the beach, dancing to your favourite artists? The lineup boasts talent from near and far with DJs playing 24 hours a day. Sounds of techno, house, and disco will fill the island and keep you dancing. Art installations, cultural activities, and plenty of breathtaking sunsets will keep you stimulated when those feet need a break. We don’t think an NYE celebration could get much better than this. Get the inside scoop through our interview with CEO, Natasha Rogal.
In Arizona and Colorado, we have two different festivals of the same name happening simultaneously. So regardless of where you are in the US of A, you can enjoy an epic New Year’s bash. In Arizona, Decadence will be thrown by Relentless Beats and partygoers will immerse themselves in the Weird & Wonderful, complete with circus performers, characters, and colourful acts. The lineup is stacked to impress with AC Slater, Dillon Francis, Skrillex, and Zeds Dead. To the north, the Colorado Decadence will be a definite treat for the senses. Over the top visuals, sound, and décor ensure the festival holds true to its name. Arty, Bassnectar, Rezz, and Steve Aoki are a few of the artists that’ll close out 2019 and bring you into 2020.
Snowglobe – Lake Tahoe, California
Don’t let frosty temperatures get in the way of you having a good time this NYE. MTV’s Snowglobe festival in Lake Tahoe, California will be 3 days of face/snow melting beats. Music, mountains, and multiple stages featuring your favourite musicians sounds like a pretty great way to spend the holidays if you have to bear the cold. Keep warm dancing to the sounds of Louis the Child, Griz, Skrillex, and Fisher.
Rhythm & Vines – Gisborne, New Zealand
One of the first places to ring in the new year, New Zealand is known for epic celebrations and for 17 years, Rhythm & Vines has been that celebration. Although not exclusively an electronic festival, headliners include Disclosure, Alison Wonderland, and RL Grimes. For three days over the new year in Gisborne, NZ, over 21,000 festival-goers will be merry in the sunshine, dance through the rolling hills, and camp amongst the vineyards.
The Cityfox Odyssey – Brooklyn, USA
New Yorkers who have watched the ball drop enough will be at Cityfox Odyssey at Avant Gardner in Brooklyn to ring in the new year. The 27-hour festival will cross two city blocks, have 4 rooms of music, and lounges and activations to keep you occupied. Sasha and John Digweed are set to take the stage, Âme will go B2B with Dixon, and Marsh will lead you into the countdown. Dress warm and get ready for an allnighter, because this New Year’s Eve, NYC will certainly live up to its name as the city that never sleeps.
Origin Fields – Perth, Australia
The lineup alone at Origin Fields should be enough the drag you down under this New Year’s. At Wellington Square in Perth, Rüfüs Du Sol, TOKiMONSTA, Flux Pavillion, and RL Grime are slotted to take the stage. In between sets, make sure to hit up the arcade, speakeasy, and carnival games. Dozens of acts will come from near and far to bring the most epic New Year’s celebration to Oz.
Get to know the first festival on our list, Epizode, a little better. Check out our interview with the festival CEO Natasha Rogal.