New Year’s Eve Music Festivals to Ring in 2018

New Year’s Eve Music Festivals to Ring in 2018

Picture this: it’s the final countdown to 2018, you are in a sea of 20,000 people, with lasers beaming all around you and an intangible energy pulsating through the crowd. 10…9…8…7. The countdown begins. 6…5…4. You wrap your arms around your friends as the adrenaline continues to build. 3…2…1. Fireworks explode on stage, streamers fall from the sky, and the DJ pauses just long enough for the crowd to echo in unison “Happy New Year!” before the bass drops.

There’s nothing quite like ringing in the new year at a music festival. Being outside in the fresh air, surrounded by a crowd of like-minded people, listening to music — the experience lights a spark inside you that will last all year long. This NYE, skip the club scene and start the new year with a bang at these festivals!

#1 SlowGlobe Music Festival in Lake Tahoe, California

Snowboard all day, then thaw out at the biggest NYE party on the west coast. Nestled among Northern California’s world-class ski resorts, this snowy 3-day fest is a winter wonderland, foodie haven and music festival all wrapped into one. Besides world-class music (there’s plenty of that), you will find big air snowboard demonstrations, fire dancers and an amazing selection of local food vendors offering everything from fresh seafood to decadent desserts. While you can expect sub-freezing temps, there’s something magical about the winter atmosphere, majestic mountain panoramas and lights reflecting off the falling snow – and there’s always spiked hot chocolate to warm you up.

Get the VIP treatment: Escape the crowds and book a private cabana with all your friends, where you can ring in the new year with a bottle of Dom Perignon.

#2 Countdown NYE in San Bernardino, California

Dance into the new year at the “it” festival of the LA area. The party happens at one of our fave festival venues, the NOS Events Center, which has a gorgeous lake perfect for staging your romantic midnight kiss – we even saw someone pop the question here last year. For 2 nights, prolific festival promoter Insomniac Events transforms the grounds into a LED-infused sonic playground, an immersive experience that goes beyond the music. There’s 3D art installations, photo booths, an ice skating rink, and three stages of unreal production to give you all the feels this NYE. The countdown is ON. 

Get the VIP treatment: Upgrade to VIP tickets for access to exclusive viewing decks, gourmet food options, luxury bathrooms and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight.

#3 Decadence NYE in Denver, Colorado

For all that glitters, indulge in the mile high city’s most lavish new years celebration. Hosted inside the Colorado Convention Center – which is the size of a small city – this massive event is the epitome of glamour, with a lineup that seems to outdo itself every year. True to its name, Decadence comes to life with exquisite decor, over-the-top production and all the little touches that memories are made of. Take a ride on the on the carousel, jam out at the silent disco and sip on bubbly as the clock strikes 12. This year’s theme is “The City Beyond Tomorrow”, so we’re expecting a futuristic twist on America’s biggest NYE festival.

Get the VIP treatment: Elevate your experience to an ultra-posh VIP cabana, where you’ll have champagne, a personal server and the best view in the house.

California, Here We Come: 5 Fall Music Festivals To Catch This Fall

California, Here We Come: 5 Fall Music Festivals To Catch This Fall

Summer festival season may be over for now, but California has plenty of fall music festivals worth traveling for! Hop on a plane with your festie bestie, and get ready for cooler weather, laid-back vibes, and seriously killer lineups.

#1 KAABOO – Del Mar, CA

When: September 15 – 17

For three days in September, the upscale Del Mar Racetrack transforms into an immersive sonic playground for KAABOO, a music festival that replaces the normal grit and grime of festivals with posh experiences curated for an older, more refined audience. Think spa indulgences, contemporary art installations, Vegas-style pool cabanas, and gourmet food! KAABOO is also the place where you can catch rare acts you won’t find on other festival lineups. If you’ve ever wanted to see Pink, Tom Petty or the Red Hot Chili Peppers live, this year definitely won’t disappoint!

#2 Nocturnal Wonderland – San Bernardino, CA

When: September 15 – 16

Fall down the rabbit hole and enter a neon-lit, fully-themed world of Wonderland. The longest running festival from EDM powerhouse Insomniac Events (the same guys behind EDC Las Vegas), Nocturnal Wonderland is a nod to LA’s 1990s warehouse rave days, best described with two words: sensory overload. In addition to five Alice in Wonderland-themed stages of music, the 2-day camping festival features whimsical performers romping the festival grounds, kaleidoscopic decor, glow-in-the-dark environments and three-dimensional art installations.

#3 CRSSD Festival – San Diego, CA

When: September 30 – October 1st

It might be autumn, but CRSSD is all about hanging onto those tropical summer vibes. The bi-annual festival is set against the Pacific Ocean at San Diego’s Waterfront Park, creating a sun-kissed atmosphere where you can get your groove on at 3 different stages. Since its inception three years ago, CRSSD has become California’s shining beacon of the underground music scene. With an almost entirely deep house lineup including Cut Copy, Hot Since 82 and techno legend Richie Hawtin, you can expect nothing but chilled out beats while the sun sets over the San Diego harbor.

#4 Dirtybird Campout – Bradley, CA

When: October 6 – 8

When Dirtybird record label bossman DJ Claude VonStroke joins forces with The Do Lab, you know it’s going to be a good time. Not your usual festival scene, Dirtybird Campout is basically summer camp for adults, but with a really great soundtrack. When you’re not getting down to booty dancing deep house from all the usual Dirtybird suspects (including our fave Justin Martin!), you can fulfill your childhood nostalgia with games and activities you’d find at summer camp. There’s capture-the-flag, dodgeball, face-painting, guided nature hikes and archery, to name a few!

#5 Desert Daze – Joshua Tree, CA

When: October 12 – 15

There are festivals, then there’s Desert Daze. Designed to be a “profound experience” nestled in the otherworldly landscape of Joshua Tree National Park (about a 4-hour drive from LAX), this intimate 4-day festival takes place at the largest spiritual retreat center in western USA. Surrounded by captivating architecture by Frank Lloyd Wright, you can feel the palpable energy of an on-site magnetic field. Camp under the twinkling desert sky and get down to one of the funkiest line-ups we’ve ever seen, including old school rock legends Iggy Pop and Ty Segall!

Music Monday: Stick Figure – Weight of Sound

Music Monday: Stick Figure – Weight of Sound

Tomorrow will come and the sun will shine
Well I’ll sitting here right by your side
So let the music soothe your soul
Let the music take control
Everything you do or say comes back to you
When things don’t work out right, you got to push on through

So keep on running, keep on moving
Everything is gonna be alights
Keep on smiling, keep on laughing
Every little thing is gonna be alright

If you left this choice up to me
Don’t tell me what you got girl
Baby please tell me what you need
I must confess, I’ve been blessed but I’ll never say never
Cause I could die today but this music lives forever
And nothing is impossible, nothing is out of your reach
It’s just another love song, just another melody
So keep believing in your dreams, life’s not what it seems sometimes
And love the air you breathe, you got everything you need for tonight