By Adam Stewart (@AdamMTVNews)
Get out your noisemakers and silly hats, New Year’s Eve is just around the corner. You either love it or hate, it, but let’s get real, you know when it comes down to it, no matter how much you resist, you’re going to end up doing something on the last night of 2011.
Now, you could hit up that house party in town and hope the girl you’ve been eying runs up to you for a smooch when the big hand is on the little hand at midnight, or you can be smart and knock her socks off by taking her to one of the hottest parties in the country. What do you have to lose? After all, if the Mayans are right, it’ll be your last NYE on earth anyway. So saddle up, take a stand against “Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Years Eve” and let this handy MTV News’ guide to an EDM infused NYE be your beacon for beats.
>>> Avicii at Pier 94
Selling out in less than an hour, EDM’s hottest rising star is taking over Pier 94 with support from Arty and Swanky Tunes for a once in a lifetime riverfront bash — and the party continues into New Year’s Day as Boris and Victor Calderone keep it thumping with Apocalypse 2012. Whichever your pleasure, 15,000 crazed fans in a 135,000-square foot structure with a zillion big ass speakers? Sign us up! (Note: a little birdie tells us more tickets are being released very soon!)
>>> Deadmau5 at Pier 36
Maybe it’s “Pier Pressure,” but our favorite Canadian is taking his sight and sound spectacular to Gotham in similar fashion, and knowing the visual effects package he rolls with we’re sure this won’t be anything short of awesome. Don’t be surprised if you see Lady Liberty sporting a Mau5head for the night.
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>>> Laidback Luke “Super You & Me” at Pacha
Take out your masks and capes! The Dutch super DJ brings his infamous road show to the Big Apple, so get ready for some big fun. With Sandro Silva, Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano on the bill, this super bash will be spectacular.
>>> DJ Pauly D at GLO Nightclub (Westbury, Long Island)
Looking to stay away from a million lunatics descending upon Manhattan? Head just east of NYC to this swanky setup, where everyone’s favorite celebrity DJ will be pushing their state of the art sound system into overdrive. Fist-pump. Push-ups. Chapstick. Yeah, buddy!
>>> Axwell @ The Pool at Fontainebleau
Last year, Tiësto and Max Vangeli turned the pool into a hot tub, and now, the hotel that brought us Miami’s sexiest club LIV, presents an al fresco bash hosted by Swedish House Mafia’s Axwell. What’s up, what’s up, wanna party? Yes Ax, we do!
>>> Jacked 2012 NYE Miami With Afrojack & Bobby Burns at Wet (The W Hotel)
The big man will transform the W’s swanky outdoor oasis into one of the sickest parties in the town with Bobby Burns. Bring your rubber Bangducky!
>>> Alesso at Wall (The W Hotel)
With Afrojack holding down the fort outside, one of the hottest new names of 2011 will be crushing it inside one of Miami’s most exclusive venues.
>>> Porter Robinson, Fedde Le Grand, Hardwell, Bart B More, Madeon, and R3hab – OMFG @ the San Diego Sports Arena
Uh, say whaaaat? If you live in San Diego you must, I repeat MUST, get your butt to this show. Bopping around the Gaslamp district on a “Top Gun” photo scavenger hunt can be accomplished any of the other 364 nights of the year.
>>> Kaskade, Benny Benassi, Paul Van Dyke, Dada Life – Insomiac White Wonderland
The people at Insomniac take their name literally (’cause we don’t know when they sleep!), pumping out another mega event just two months after their last, Escape From Wonderland over Halloween Weekend. Where else can you get-your-satisfaction-while-doing-the-Dada-for-an-Angel-on-your-shoulder (get it!?)? Oh, and if that’s not enough, come back on New Year’s Day for round two when Steve Angello, Max Vangeli, AN21 and Thomas Gold hit the stage. WOW! White wardrobe required or you’ll be sitting in the parking lot tailgating by your lonesome.
>>> Skrillex at The Rave
It’s not all about the big EDM cities this NYE. Insomniac & Stellar Spark bring an epic night to Brew City with Alvin Risk and a laundry list of locals including DJ JSlay, Ill Nasty, NoizePollution, Danaconda, Tista, Carlito, DJ Tilex, Tails & DJ Casey Lee. Who cares if the average January temperature is like 50 below zero, this place is going to be on fire!
>>> Solid NYE 2012 Tiesto with Gareth Emery at the Pacific Coliseum
Yeah yeah, we know, Van City isn’t technically in the states, but it’s so close to Seattle that all you under-21s can cross the border and enjoy a city whose drinking age is 19 — gotta love our neighbors to the North! The Godfather of Dance pairs up with trance icon Gareth Emery for a night full of hockey fans, glow sticks and Pountine (yummy!).
>>> LMFAO at Haze Nightclub
Party Rock is gonna be in the house that night, for real. Be one of the people who are actually seeing the group who wrote the song that 99 percent of all bars and nightclubs in the world will play at least 3 times before the ball even drops. Bring your neon pants.
>>> Paul Oakenfold at Rain (The Palms)
Oakie and Rain go together like champagne and creamed herring. So what better place for him to ring in the new year than on his home turf at the Las Vegas’ original mega club at the Palms?
>>> Steve Angello – XS (Wynn/Encore)
It doesn’t get much bigger than Size coming to one of LV’s most buzzed about venues. XS brings Swedish House Mafia’s Angello to the booth for an epic evening full of cutting edge sounds and what’s sure to be one of the hottest tickets in town.
>>> Kaskade at Marquee (The Cosmopolitan)
Does the man ever sleep? After an early set at White Wonderland, Kaskade jet sets to Vegas to close out the night at one of Vegas’ sexiest clubs. Get there early, like “I’m waiting on line for the new iPhone 5 a week early” early if you want a fighting chance to see Kaskade bring down the house and welcome 2012.