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10 December Festivals to Close Out the Decade

10 December Festivals to Close Out the Decade


November 25th, 2019

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2020 is just around the corner and it’s important to note the significance of it all. Music and art festivals have been a true tour de force in recent years to no small account. As professional partiers, musicians, and all around fun- havers, we go forth into the new decade bringing with us nearly 50 years of celebrating live music. The international music scene is vast. It’s full of people who live presently, spread love, and lose themselves in the beat.

December brings a bitter chill for most of us. But the New Year deserves a celebration that can’t be dampened by a little cold. It’s up to us to keep ourselves warm and make this a wild NYE. In fact, our favorite artists are going all out and hitting weekend shows back-to-back over the course of the month! That means there will be numerous chances to catch not just one, but maybe two or three sets from multiple musicians.

The following 10 festivals and events are the perfect way to ring in 2020.

#1 Intersect Festival, December 6-7, Las Vegas, Nevada

To begin, Intersect starts off the list with a fun pop. This multi-genre festival will take place the first weekend in December in Las Vegas. The festival grounds are located directly off of the Strip making a great pair for Sin City antics. To that end, Intersect advertises next-level immersive art, tech, and interactions to show off. This two-day event features artists Beck, Kaytranada, Gesaffelstien, CHVRCHES, Foo Fighters, Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals, Leon Bridges, and Flying Lotus.

#2 Audiotistic, December 28, San Bernardino, California

Next, Audiotistic is a one-off right before the New Year. Hosted by Insomniac, this two stage, House-focused show is going to keep the party simple. Additionally, Insomniac uses this venue to host a number of their successful shows, and Audiotistic 2019 will soon be added to the roster. Expect great weather, chill vibes, and lots of dancing. The lineup rocks a party-hard vibe with artists like Getter, Bijou, Jack Beats & Friends, Flava D, AC Slater, Flosstradamus, NGHTMRE, and a b2b from 4B and Valentino Khan.

#3 Countdown NYE, December 31, San Bernardino, California

To follow, Countdown NYE is an alien-lover’s homecoming. Insomniac has taken immersion to the next level, announcing this event as a themed alien invasion party. To be sure, this one-off is packed to the gills with tons of artists and stages just waiting to blast you into another world. Get your extraterrestrial squad together and countdown the New Year. Artists for this show include Borgore, MC Dino, Oliver Heldens, Tisoki, Said The Sky, Porter Robinson, ATLiens, 12th Planet, and a slew of others.

#4 Snowglobe Festival, December 29-31, Lake Tahoe, California

Continuing, MTV’s Snowglobe takes over Lake Tahoe every year to bring the scene a weekend NYE boogie. Since it’s MTV, there will be bells and whistles galore to ring in the new decade. Because of this, show goers can expect a huge party with a bunch of amenities. Snowglobe will feature multiple shuttle services, hotel packages, a spacious and scenic venue, and lastly, a powerhouse of artists. Listed acts are, Zhu, A – Trak, Y2K, GRiZ, CloZee, SNBRN, Skrillex, Dombresky, and an unannounced mystery artist! Bring your onesies and gather with your fellow party people outside of Lake Tahoe.

#5 OMFG, December 30 & 31, San Diego, California

Furthermore, OMFG stands tall alongside these other big NYE celebrations. This humble show packs heat and is celebrating its ninth run. What it lacks in size it makes up for in musical taste. Because of this, OMFG has some truly handpicked acts including G.G. Magree, Slander, Peekabo, Space Jesus, Kayzo, REZZ, and Virtual Self.

#6 Rolling Loud Festival, December 14 & 15, Los Angeles, California

Undoubtedly, Rolling Loud packs the largest lineup on this list. This two-day festival in the middle of the month features a ton of talent. In short, L.A. will be taken over by some of the biggest names in the Hip-Hop scene. With a wide variety of sub genres being hit, this lineup is sure to impress. Expect fair weather, plenty of things to do and lots of music to vibe to. This year’s performers include Machine Gun Kelly, Waka Flocka Flame, Lil Yachty, Trippie Redd, Future, Chance the Rapper, $uicideBoy$, Lil Uzi Vert, Lil Baby, Meek Mill, and Lil Pump.

#7 Snowta Festival, December 30 & 31, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Conversely, Snowta Festival is geared toward our cold weather friends. In the past few years, famous Minneapolis venue The Armory has become the home of this increasingly popular show. Rightly so, its popularity stems from the handpicked lineup as it boasts some of the best in Dubstep and Experimental Bass music. Prepare for two nights of hard-hitting music from artists Phaseone, G Jones, Zeds Dead, Dion Timmer, Walter Wilde, Zomboy, Eoto, Jansten, and Vanic.

#8 HiJinx Festival, December 27 & 28, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

In similar fashion, HiJinx Festival is a down-to-earth show based out of Philadelphia. For example, one look at their website and show guidelines reveals how laid backed the vibe is. But that doesn’t mean it’s boring! The Philadelphia Convention Center will host this bumping party with next-level sound and lasers. Of course, HiJinx sealed the deal with a ton of hard hitting Bass acts for its fans. The bill lists Skrillex, Bassnectar, Kittens, Big Wild, SoDown, Zeds Dead, and a back-to-back with Excision and Slander.

#9 Lights All Night, December 27 & 28, Dallas, Texas

Additionally, Lights All Night takes place one week before NYE. This Dallas-based show busts out its “A game” every year. Two epic nights of music coupled with some striking production will leave attendees floored. It’s a big show that’s sure to get everyone amped up before the end-of-the-year celebration. More specifically, the crowd at LAN goes pretty hard so prepare yourself for an epic party. The lineup this year features, Liquid Stranger, AC Slater, Subtronics, San Holo, Minesweepa, 3LAU, Bassnectar, Skrillex, plus a Night Bass and a Gravedancer takeover.

#10 Decadance Colorado, December 30 & 31, Denver Colorado

Finally, our top 10 pick has to go to our hometown hero. Decadence Colorado is a state staple. To be sure, Decadence is a highly sought after show that has people traveling from all over to celebrate the New Year. The Colorado Convention Center is a massive venue with lots of space and immersive shenanigans. Furthermore, the show is so well received that it truly has its own micro vibe; natives have come to know this as a family NYE celebration. This two night run features the EDM circuit’s kings and queens including Feed Me, Diesel, Mersiv, Tiesto, Tchami and Malaa, Don Diablo, Cosmic Gate, Ganja White Knight, CloZee, and of course Bassnectar who will honor his residency for night one.

In conclusion, 2019 has come and gone. That also means it’s the year’s final Top 10 Festival segment. It’s been a pleasure taking the deep dive with you. Moving forward, we are excited to see what the upcoming decade holds. What new adventures await us? One thing is for sure. The celebrations of music, art, and the creative side of the human spirit have a bright horizon.

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