New Year's Eve 2010 - From East to West

Words by: Rusty James
Posted: 1/12/10 11:55

New Year's EveNew Year's Eve is supposed to be the party that ends all parties; the night when the whole world comes together to let its hair down, sink a few jazz beverages and celebrate the fact that we're all still here on this crazy old merry-go-round we call Earth.

But every year it's the same old drama. Where are you going to go? What are you going to wear? Who are you going to kiss at midnight? Well, while you're going to have to leave asking those final two questions to your Magic 8 Ball, we can certainly help out with the first one.

Wherever you are in the world there's bound to be something going on, and while we sadly can't list details of every single NYE party going on this year, we have done our best to pick ten of the best events happening in ten different cities.

What's more, we've listed them in the order of sunrise, so if you do happen to possess a Superman-style gift of flight, you can start at the top of the list and work your way down for the most epic end of year night of your life! Or, alternatively, just pick your favourite one and do that like the rest of us...


1. AustraliaHarbour Party 2010 at The Luna Park Big Top

The Luna Park Big Top, 1 Olympic Drive, Milsons Point, Australia

Line-up: Digitalism, Sneaky Sound System, Dennis Ferrer, Riva Starr, Goodwill

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If you’re lucky enough to live in this particular hemisphere, New Year’s Eve signals the start of the long, hot summer season. And, if you live in Australia, the only place to celebrate NYE is Sydney, of course. Back for another year at the fabulously surreal Luna Park fairground, the Harbour Party promises to be the city’s number one night out.

Topping the bill are Berlin-based electro duo Digitalism, who are poised to release their long-awaited second album and will appear here supported by Australia’s own Sneaky Sound System, ‘Hey Hey’ house star Dennis Ferrer and one of the hardest working DJs of 2010, Riva Starr. Don’t forget to peek your head out at midnight to watch the fireworks on the bridge!
2. JapanWomb presents New Year Countdown 2011

Womb, Shibuya, Tokyo 150-0044, Japan

Line-up: Magda, Marc Houle, Womb Residents

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Tokyo’s premier nightspot plays host to two of the mighty M_nus collective this New Year’s Eve, a pair who have been touring together extensively over the past few months. First up is the female face of the family, Magda, who has had a strong year in 2010 and will be following up the recent release of her debut album ‘From The Fallen Page’ which dropped in November.

Alongside her and also promoting his debut album, Marc Houle will be bringing his uniquely icy brand of techno to the clubbers of the Japanese capital as they bid sayonara to 2010. Why not drop in for a sake or two and join them?
3. ItalyCocorico presents Ricardo Villalobos & Luciano back 2 back

Cocorico, Viale Chieti n. 44, 47838, Riccione, Italy

Line-up: Ricardo Villalobos b2b Luciano (12-hour set)

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Italy’s legendary Cocorico club secures an equally legendary booking for its New Years celebrations this year – none other than the Chilean techno tag team of your dreams, Ricardo Villalobos and Luciano. The duo have not played with each other since their now-infamous performance at Amnesia back in the summer of 2008, making their joint appearance at this NYE party something truly special indeed.

What’s more, from the stroke of midnight they will be playing non-stop for a staggering 12 hours! We think it’s fairly safe to say that this will be a night to go down in the history books, so don’t miss out on the chance to say ‘I was there.’
4. GermanyKlubnacht Total Silvester 2010

Berghain/Panorama Bar, Am Wriezener Bahnhof, Friedrichshain 10243, Berlin, Germany

Berghain Line-up: Adam Beyer, Chris Liebing, Jerome Sydenham, Marcel Dettmann, Ryan Elliott, Ben Klock, Len Faki +more
Panorama Bar Line-up: Dixon, Dinky, Steffi, Prosumer, Radio Slave, Tama Sumo + more

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You’d expect nothing less than a truly massive line-up on NYE from the guys at Berghain, and that’s exactly what they’re delivering this year. There’s a Drumcode double up on offer, as both label boss Adam Beyer and Jerome Sydenham prepare to wallop the shit out of the old power station. They’ll be playing alongside CLR chief Chris Liebing and Berghain’s all-star crew of regular faces, Marcel Dettmann, Ryan Elliott and Ben Klock.

Up in Panorama Bar things will be staying smooth and sexy with musical offerings from left-minded DJs Dixon and Dinky, while Prosumer, Steffi, Radio Slave and Tama Sumo will all be doing their best to ensure that no one is going to bed until at least January 3.
5. NetherlandsAmsterdam United

Gashouder, Haarlemmerweg 8-10, Amsterdam, Holland

Line-up: Adam Beyer & Joseph Capriati, Joris Voorn & 2000 and One, Juan Sanchez & Daniel Sanchez, Counterpart LIVE, Kabale und Liebe LIVE, Olene Kadar LIVE

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A collection of some of the biggest artists in the Dutch tech-house and techno fraternity assemble for a mammoth party in Amsterdam’s mighty Gashouder complex (albeit with a helping hand from a Swede and an Italian). Having had an incredible year in 2010, leading the home contingent will be none other than Joris Voorn, playing back to back with Amsterdam’s finest export of recent times, 2000 and One.

Brotherly love comes in the form of a tag team set from the Sanchez brothers Juan and Daniel, while Kabale und Liebe, Counterpart and Olene Kadar all bring live performances. Complementing this stellar array of Dutch talent will be Drumcode chief Adam Beyer and fellow labelmate Joseph Capriati.
6. SwitzerlandPlayground: New Years Eve at Kornhaus

Kornhaus, Kornhausplatz 18, 3000 Bern 7, Switzerland
Line-up: Chic Miniature - Live, Deetron, Mastra, Boris Why, Rodri

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Bern’s Kornhaus brings a real treat this New Year’s Eve, in the form of a rare performance by Chic Miniature, the live side project between Circus Company’s organic house maestro extraordinaire Guillaume Coutu Dumont and South American Ernesto Ferreyra. Performances from the duo are few and far between, so it goes without saying that to see them on NYE is something rather special indeed.

They will be joined on the night by the warm tech-soul sounds of Swiss native Deetron, along with Mastra, Boris Why and Rodri in support.
7. UKEastern Electrics present Back To The Tunnels NYE

Secret London Location, England

Line-up: Damian Lazarus, Seth Troxler, Jamie Jones, Matthew Dear, Joker, Instra:mental, Roska, Solo, Sound Pellegrino Thermal Team

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Eastern Electrics events only happen three times a year, so when they do roll around they’re usually pretty damn good. 2010’s end of year offering looks to be no exception, as the EE guys team up with Crosstown Rebels, BLOC and Sound Pellegrino to host a night of cutting edge underground music in a similarly underground location. In the main room Rebel-in-chief Damian Lazarus will be leading the way, followed by longtime label-buddy Jamie Jones and Visionquest boy wonder Seth Troxler.

Over in the BLOC tunnel Matthew Dear will be slamming out the techno, before two-step vibes take over courtesy of Joker, Instra:mental and Roska. Finally, in tunnel three it’s a Sound Pellegrino invasion, as Solo and the label’s in-house Thermal Team get ready to go all wonky house on your asses.
8. UKNew Year’s Eve at Sankeys

Sankeys, Radium Street, Ancoats, Manchester, M4 6JG, England

Line-up: The Martinez Brothers, Reboot, Lee Foss

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Classic house meets hypnotic techno at Sankeys this year, with the youngest brotherly DJ team in the business head over from America to rub shoulders with the great and good of Manchester. At just 17 and 20, The Martinez Brothers have been grabbing plenty of headlines over the past year with their remarkably mature take on the Chicago house sound, and they’re sure to be turning many heads up north this New Year’s Eve.

Joining them will be the German master of loop-driven techno Reboot, along with sometime Culprit and Wolf + Lamb collaborator Lee Foss.
9. USABlkmarket Membership NYE Bash

Secret New York Location, USA

Line-up: Robag Wruhme, Pan-Pot, DJ Three, Scuba vs SCB, Bill Patrick, Taimur & Fahad

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New York’s irrepressible Blkmarket Membership crew dish up some serious party goods for the Big Apple faithful. Over a shamelessly hedonistic 24-hour period performances will come from erstwhile Wighnomy Brother and melodic techno purveyor of the highest degree Robag Wruhme, Mobilee darling duo Pan-Pot and US mainstay DJ Three.

Elsewhere, Paul Rose will be flexing both the Scuba and SCB sides of his personality in a glorious blend of deep and dubby two-step and techno, with Bill Patrick and Blkmarket organisers Taimur & Fahad rounding things off accordingly.
10. USATogether As One 2011

Los Angeles Sports Arena, 3939 South Figueroa Los Angeles, USA

Line-up: Laidback Luke, Markus Schulz, Wolfgang Gartner, Pendulum (DJ Set), Major Lazer (Feat. Diplo & Switch), Jack Beats, Rusko, Dada Life, Nero +more

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In typical Los Angeles style, Together As One promises to kick off the New Year celebrations with an abundance of glitz, glamour and lip gloss. Across three arenas the event will squeeze as many big name acts into the Los Angeles Sports Arena as possible, ranging all the way from the broody trance antics of Markus Schulz to screeching Dutch house from Laidback Luke and on to the booty-shakin dancehall of Major Lazer.

Meanwhile, the Bassrush Arena caters for fans of the drum & bass and dubstep worlds with DJ sets from Pendulum, Rusko, Nero and Logistics & Nu:Tone, among others. If you like your kicks bigroom style, then this is surely the party to be at this NYE.


Lauren Lo Sung
Erick Morillo
Valentino Kanzyani