Festival Squad Presents: The Ultimate 2020 NYE Festival Guide

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It’s the end of an era—literally! We are about to enter a new decade, an occasion which begs to be celebrated in a big way.  We’ve gathered some of the most exciting NYE events for you. Whether you’re a Basshead, House mouse, Anjuna Family member or dabble in a little of everything, we have a party for you! If you fancy a winter wonderland experience or would rather dance into 2020 with sand between your toes, we’ve got you covered.

Where will you be when the clock strikes midnight this New Year’s Eve? 

Lights All Night

You know the saying: everything’s bigger in Texas, including this epic lineup! Lights All Night turns 10 this year and they’re throwing the party of the decade. To celebrate properly, they’ve called in a few friends: Bassnectar, Skrillex, Louis the Child, Virtual Self, 3Lau, Liquid Stranger, San Holo and Slushii. Next level stage and lighting production, interactive art installations and costumed performers add to the festive ambiance. Tickets can be purchased here.

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Details:
  • When: December 27-28
  • Where: Dallas Market Hall, 2200 Stemmons Fwy, Dallas, TX 75207
  • Who: 18+ to enter, 21+ to drink

Decadence: Colorado

Photo from Decadence’s website

It’s no secret that some believe Colorado is the pinnacle of the music world. Decadence: Colorado consistently throws one of the best NYE parties in North America, and this year is no exception. With the promise of cutting edge stage production, next-level performers, a silent disco and fun art installations, you’ll never find yourself standing still. Ring in the new year to the sounds of Bassnectar, CloZee, Louis the Child, Gareth Emery, Gigantic NGHTMRE, Slander, Cosmic Gate, Diesel, Rezz, Tiesto, Don Diablo and Zed’s Dead. Tickets can be purchased here.

Details: 
  • When: December 30-31, 2019
  • Where: Colorado Convention Center, 700 14th Street, Denver, CO 80202
  • Who: 18+ to enter, 21+ to drink 
Photo by Amanda Cosenza for Festival Squad

Decadence: Arizona

Photo from Decadence’s website

Can’t make it to Colorado? You’re in luck, because Decadence also throws a party in Arizona. With an equally impressive lineup, Decadence’s Southern sister is sure to be a wild ride. Headliners include: Illenium, GrizTronics (yasssss!), G Jones, Skrillex, Nora en Pure, Dillon Francis, Zed’s Dead and Whipped Cream. Since the climate is considerably warmer than Colorado, there will be outdoor stages and carnival rides to explore. Scoop your tickets here.

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Details:
  • When: December 30-31st, 2019
  • Where: Rawhide Event Center  5700 W. North Loop Rd AZ
  • Who: 18+ to enter, 21+ to drink 

Countdown NYE

Photo from Countdown NYE’s website

Insomniac Events knows how to throw an epic party! Countdown NYE is going to be out of this world thanks to their Area 51 theme. Grab your favorite aliens/creatures and groove the night away at the NOS Events Center in Los Angeles. With headliners including The Chainsmokers, Porter Robinson (DJ set), Alesso, 12th Planet and Galantis, there’s something for everyone in your group. Explore art installations, interact with costumed performers and check out the stages: The Mothership, The Nebula, Area 51 and The Twilight Zone. Word on the street is that there will be an alien invasion at midnight! Tickets can be found here.

Details:
  • When:  December 31, 2019
  • Where: NOS Events Center, 689 S. E St., San Bernardino, CA 92408
  • Who: 18+ to enter, 21+ to drink
Intergalactic contact has been made. 2018 Aftermovie from Countdown NYE’s website.

SnowGlobe Music Festival

If you’re craving something out of the ordinary, check out SnowGlobe in gorgeous South Lake Tahoe, CA. This location allows you to hit the slopes during the day and the dance floor at night. Don your warmest animal onesie or faux fur coat and prepare for three days of dancing in the snow! It’s a good thing this festival is outside because this lineup is SMOKIN’ HOT. Artists include Skrillex, Zhu, Fisher, Griz, Gigantic NGHTMRE, Vince Staples, CloZee, Louis the Child and Tchami x Malaa. Skrillex took some time off but has recently returned to the festival circuit; I saw him at Paradiso, and he put on one hell of a show. Additionally, Big Gigantic is joining forces with NGHTMRE as Gigantic NGHTMRE for what I can only imagine will be an unforgettable set. Scoop your tickets here.

Details: 
  • When: December 29-31, 2019
  • Where:  South Lake Tahoe Community Playfields & Bijou Park,
    1 College Way, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
  • Who: Everyone! All ages

HiJinx Festival

I’ve got three words for HiJinx Festival: TAKE. MY. MONEY. This lineup is absolutely RIDICULOUS—we’ve got the god of bass music himself, Bassnectar, along with heavy hitters Excision B2B Slander, Griz, Porter Robinson (DJ set), Zeds Dead (baby) and Skrillex. And that’s just the headliners. Coming in hot on the undercard is CloZee, Subtronics (GrizTronics????), Zion I and Big Wild, among others. After parties will be announced soon! This year will be their second year and I have to say they’re doing pretty well for themselves. Snag your tickets here.

Details:
  • When: December 27–28, 2019
  • Where: Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch St., Philadelphia, PA 19107
  • Who: 18+ to enter, 21+ to drink

Zamna Tulum

Photo provided by Zamna Tulum

What’s better than jungles and lasers? I’ll wait… Zamna Tulum in Mexico is a little slice of paradise waiting for you. Set in the middle of a lush jungle, Zamna Tulum will host Agents of Time, Diplo, Damian Lazarus and Guy Gerber. The 11-acre resort just begs to be explored. When you’re not dancing there are endless activities to combat the winter blues: paddle boarding, swimming, snorkeling, helicopter rides, yoga and sparkling beaches. Zamna will be hosting live music every night, from December 28th through January 8th, 2020. Tickets for Zamna Tulum are here.

Photo provided by Zamna Tulum
Details: 
  • When: December 28, 2019-January 8, 2020
  • Where:  Multiple locations: Mia Hotel, Zamna Resort, and more – Tulum, Quintana Roo, México

Esto es Tulum (EET)

Esto es Tulum is an immersive festival that combines nature, music, art, gastronomy, workshops and cultural exhibits, creating a unique way for national and international tourism to experience the traditions of the Riviera Maya while connecting with music in the unique natural realm that Tulum offers. The sister, twin or competitor to Zamna, EET has events in Tulum the exact same days, from December 28, 2019-January 9, 2020. EET has multiple parties across multiple days, all with their own respective lineups. Some of the big names on these lineups include Seth Troxler, Matthew Dear, Fisher, Pete Tong, M.A.N.D.Y, Tiga, Paco Osuna, the Martinez Brothers and more.

Photo provided by  Esto es Tulum
Photo provided by  Esto es Tulum
  • When: December 27, 2019-January 9, 2020
  • Where:  Casa Tortuga Cenote – Tulum, Quintana Roo, México

OMFG NYE

Photo from OMFG NYE’s website

Aptly named, OMFG NYE announced a stacked lineup this year. If a house party just won’t cut it, ring in the new decade with Space Mom and friends! Rezz will be joined by Madeon (DJ set), Slander, Anna Lunoe, Space Jesus, Virtual Self and Kayzo. Tickets can be purchased here.

Details:
  • When: December 30-31, 2019
  • Where:  Pechanga Arena San Diego, 3500 Sports Arena Blvd., San Diego, CA 92110

The CityFox Odyssey

27 hours. Four Stages. Extended sets. Yes, you read that right. The CityFox Odyssey truly is an epic adventure spanning 27 straight hours of techno. The Avant Gardner venue spans across two Manhattan blocks and offers four rooms and lounges to rest your dancing shoes. Joining the festivities include Âme, Dixon, Damian Lazarus, Hot Since 82, Ida Engberg, Jamie Jones. May the odds be ever in your favor! Tickets are sold here.

Photo from The CityFox’s website

Details: 

  • When: December 31, 2019 
  • Where: Avant Gardner, 140 Stewart Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11237
  • Who: 21+
Photo provided by The CityFox

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