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12 Best New Year's Eve Concerts You Can Actually Attend

Don't settle for staring at Times Square on your TV. Go ring in the new year with one of music's biggest names

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Macklemore & Ryan Lewis in Las Vegas, NV

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis have been hard at work for weeks making sure that  1 Oak Nightclub in Las Vegas is ready for their New Year's Eve set. The VIP couch pillows are fluffed. The juice mixers have been de-pulped. And the stripper poles have been freshly polished. If you go, just make sure to tip the duo on your way out of the bathroom.

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Skrillex & Diplo in New York, NY

LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 02: DJs Skrillex (L) and Diplo of Jack U perform at the HARD summer music festival at Whittier Narro
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Skrillex and Diplo showed us what they can do as EDM duo, Jack U. And now they’re hosting a New Year’s Eve party at Madison Square Garden for thousands of you and your closest (by the end of the night) friends. If you’re lame, we suggest skipping this.

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Armin Van Buuren in Oakland, CA

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - NOVEMBER 21: Armin Van Buuren performs at a concert during the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand
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EDM godfather Armin Van Buuren hosts the year’s craziest rave, POPNYE at the Oracle Arena in Oakland. Three floors of fun, a 360-degree rotating stage and more lasers than an intergalactic civil war is pretty much all you need to ring in 2015. (Well, maybe you need one more floor—but hey, we’re not architects.)

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Maroon 5 in Las Vegas, NV

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 11: Adam Levine of Maroon 5 performs as part of the iTunes Festival at The Roundhouse on Septembe
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This New Year’s you should party like an “Animal.” Maroon 5 performs at the Mandalay Bay Event Center on December 30 and 31. So go ahead and spend the extra night with Britney Spears over at Planet Hollywood—Adam Levine won’t be offended.

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Phish in Miami, FL

MANCHESTER, TN - JUNE 10: Trey Anastasio of Phish performs at Day 4 of the Bonnaroo Music And Arts Festival on June 10, 2012
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Whether it’s your first time seeing the most iconic jam band in the world or your 5,000th, Phish’s NYE show is a tradition not to be missed. The band performs a four-night stand at American Airlines Arena starting on December 31 and finishing up January 3. Will they play the whole time? Probably!  

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Kaskade, Big Gigantic & More in Denver, CO

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Decadence is both the name of the event and also an apt descriptor for what the scene will be like at this NYE bash in the Colorado Convention Center. Not only will EDM artists like Kaskade and Big Gigantic be there with bells on (it’s an expression, but hey, it’s a party), so will supporting acts such as Deorro, Madeon, Illenuim, Said the Sky, Grizmatik, Bass Physics and more.

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​ScHoolboy Q In Honolulu, HI

NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 19: ScHoolboy Q performs at Barclay's Center for King Of The Fall Tour September 19, 2014 in the Brookly
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You could a) get hypothermia and hold your pee for six hours in Times Square, or b) watch ScHoolboy Q perform his party-ready hip-hop in Hawaii. (If you picked option a, pick again.)

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Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett in Las Vegas, NV

THE VIEW - Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga perform from their jazz album on "THE VIEW," 11/26/14 (11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon, ET) air
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Mother Monster turns into Lounge Lizard as she and living legend Tony Bennett perform standards off of their hit duet record “Cheek to Cheek” at The Cosmopolitan. Come for the classics, stay for the 88-year-old Bennett doing his rendition of “Poker Face.”

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Afrojack in Chicago, IL

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 27: Afrojack performs on ABC's "Good Morning America" at Rumsey Playfield on June 27, 2014 in New York Ci
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This is probably the only time the words "hot," "December" and "Chicago" will ever be mentioned in the same sentence. But you can pretty much bet that when house music wizard Afrojack shows up at Chicago's Studio Paris in December, it'll be so hot he’ll burn the place down. Figuratively. 

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Bassnectar in Nashville, TN

NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 05: Lorin Ashton of Bassnectar performs during Day 2 of 2010 Electric Zoo held at Randall's Island Park
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EDM producer Bassnectar turns Nashville's Bridgestone Arena into a party-in-the-round, as he controls the flow from a 360-degree stage. You might call him the “bass commander.” Or not—it’s really up to you.

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Iggy Azalea in Las Vegas, NV

LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 05: Rapper Iggy Azalea performs onstage during KIIS FM's Jingle Ball 2014  powered by LINE at Stap
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If there’s any place that takes NYE more seriously than NYC, it’s Las Vegas. With a million party options for the eve, may we suggest heading to the club Drai’s, where you'll get a great view of  the fireworks exploding over the Strip. Plus Iggy will make sure that the affair is “Fancy” and there’s plenty of “Pu$$y” for all.

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Willie Nelson & Friends in Austin, TX

ARRINGTON, VA - SEPTEMBER 07: (L-R) Willie Nelson and Mickey Rafael perform on Day 4 of Lockn Festival at The Oak Ridge Farm
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Luckily for you, Willie Nelson decided to stay home this New Year’s Eve. Austin’s adopted son will ring in 2015 at Austin City Limits Live with friends Delbert McClinton, Glen Clark, Paula Nelson and The Whiskey Sisters. Still think your grandpa is the coolest?

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