The Official Sound of the City 2010 New Year’s Eve Guide


New Year’s Eve is upon us, and after a week of reminiscing on the year in nightlife we’re ready for one last after-hours evening of dancing, drinking, and general chaos to close out 2010. As it turns out, some of our favorite parties, promoters, and DJs of the past year have provided us with a full schedule of ways to ring in the new year. Do yourself a favor and go see why we love them so much yourself.

The winners of our own “Best Wandering House Party” awards are our first picks for the evening. Let’s Play House hosts a relatively intimate New Year’s Eve extravaganza at yet another secret location in Brooklyn (you’ll have to RSVP to find it). Disco group Midnight Magic performs live, as do Runaway‘s Marcos Cabral and Jacques Renault (the latter’s remix of “Beam Me Up” is one of our favorite dance tracks of the year), but it’s Metro Area’s Morgan Geist that will be taking on the DJ duties after midnight. Tickets are $20 in advance, and since we doubt that your chances are any good at the door, buy yours early. Also in Brooklyn, Mister Saturday Night ring in the new year at a top secret venue–the location is revealed when you buy your ticket. They’ve got Detroit’s teenage house wonder Kyle Hall, Dutch dubstep innovator Martyn, and sets by residents Harkin and Carter on the evening’s slate. The $35 presale tickets are sold out, and we’ll expect the $50 ones will go soon – get them while you can.

If you’re looking for dance music in the city, look no further than Nouveau York’s bash with DFA Records at Le Bain. We can’t help but recommend this with some reservation (Le Bain can be a real pain), but considering the label has had a particularly great year – with LCD Soundsystem’s This Is Happening debuting in Billboard‘s Top 10 – they probably do deserve to celebrate on top of the world. The band’s own Nancy Whang provides the soundtrack to the evening, along with House House and a performance by Holy Ghost. “Special guests” are promised along the way. Tickets are $35 in advance and $50 at the door; get there early or don’t bother at all. If rooftop lounges aren’t your thing, head to Soho for Work’s Decadence party in the underground dungeon that is subMercer. The masquerade ball (really) is free and features resident DJs Eli Escobar and Lloydski at the controls with disco, house, r&b, ’80s, and all sorts of other goodness to propel you into the new year. Alternately, if you’re looking for house with a little more oonst, head to Roseland Ballroom for fistpumping and dancing at the hands of Steve Angello. As one third of house trio Swedish House Mafia, the DJ is partially responsible for one of this year’s big electro bangers “One (Your Name)”, and electro bangers are exactly what we’d plan for from Angello. Expect progressive house, techno, and dance anthems in the mix as well.

You’re not constrained to disco and house though. To get your fill of rap and party jams, make your way to reOPENed’s weekly throw down at Santos, where the main room’s residents Just Blaze and DJ Soul have solicited the talents of two additional hip-hop favorites to help you dance your way into the new year. Legendary producer Clark Kent and hip-hop guru Stretch Armstrong join the already stacked lineup for what’s bound to become a family affair of sorts (who knows who else will show up). Downstairs, the reggae, dancehall, and island vibes of DJ Gravy, Max Glazer, and Micro Don are joined by Jasmine Solano and Nire. Tickets are $50 before midnight, $25 after. And if you’re roaming around Williamsburg for the night, Public Assembly is the only place to be, as The Rub throws their annual New Year’s Eve bash. It’s no coincidence that the night’s festivities seem to be a gathering of our favorite DJs of 2010 either. While the trio will take on the venue’s front room with Prince Klassen and Rok One, we’re just as excited for Rich Medina and Da Beatminerz’s Evil Dee in the back room and Nextah’s Michna and Nick Hook (featuring Romanathony) in the loft. $25 tickets include a 9-10pm open bar and free champagne toast at midnight, making this the most wallet-friendly option of the night as well.

See you in 2011!