Dancing Astronaut’s Guide to NYE in Los Angeles
Each year, it seems the number of options for New Years’ Eve parties in Los Angeles expands tenfold. Whether you prefer to ring in 2016 at an intimate warehouse venue, a bottle service club, or a massive EDM festival, there truly is something for everyone. Here’s our guide to the best parties going down in LA on New Years’ Eve.
Minimal Effort at The Belasco Theater (Top Pick)
With the combination of stellar production value and a well-curated underground lineup, our top pick for NYE in Los Angeles is Minimal Effort. Featuring Jimmy Edgar and Danny Daze back-to-back, J.Phlip, Fur Coat, andhim, H.O.S.H, Louie Fresco and many more, it’s easily the city’s best offering of house and techno for the night. The venue, the Belasco Theater in Downtown LA, will be completely revamped, featuring four rooms of music and a late-night curfew.
John Digweed at Exchange LA
John Digweed has became a staple of NYE in Los Angeles, providing a glorious, extended set every year. After attending last year’s show with Digweed, we can’t recommend catching him enough as he performs from the city’s resident super-club, Exchange LA. Perfect for bottle service or just experiencing house and techno into the late-hours with some show-stopping production, Digweed’s annual affair is easily one of our top picks.
Hot Chip at Lot 613
Lot 613 has quickly become one of our favorite venues in the city. The intimate setting, immaculate sound system, and older crowd coalesce into a seamless, stress free environment. With Hot Chip on deck delivering a six-hour DJ set, this is our go-to event for people trying to avoid massive crowds while still receiving a top-notch music experience.
Twelve 31 at The Hollywood Palladium
Insomniac will debut a brand new event, Twelve 31, at the Hollywood Palladium on NYE. The underground-oriented show will feature Tiga B2B Kenny Glasgow, Dusky, Shiba San, Kidnap Kid, and Jon Charnis. It’s an impressive lineup, and a compelling alternative to their more EDM-centric show, Countdown NYE. The Palladium will undoubtedly be decked out in full-scale production, making this an alluring choice for a more lively NYE experience.
For those looking to go the extra mile, don’t miss these parties on New Years’ weekend:
Friday: Hot Since 82 at Sound Nightclub
Saturday: Nero (DJ Set) at Avalon