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The best New Year’s Eve concerts in L.A.

Find the best New Year’s Eve concerts happening in Los Angeles with our list of the city’s most celebratory shows

Michael Juliano
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Michael Juliano
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Looking for a foolproof way to ring in the new year beyond the usual New Year’s Eve parties and fancy-pants dinners? The answer is easy: New Year’s Eve concerts. Count down to midnight at a live music venue during one of these upcoming concerts in L.A. We’ve got plenty of options on our list of the best New Year’s Eve concerts in L.A.

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New Year’s Eve concerts and live music in L.A.

  • Music
  • Rock and indie
  • Pomona

Part vaudeville punk, part neo-Weimar cabaret, the reunited duo of Amanda Palmer and Brian Viglione are back, including for this New Year’s Eve show at the Glass House.

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  • Music
  • Dance and electronic
  • price 3 of 4
  • South LA

A couple times a year, Minimal Effort brings together some of the top talent in the underground house and techno scene. They throw a helluva party that requires, well, minimal effort on your part to have a good time. For New Year’s Eve, expect sets from Jimi Jules, Doc Martin, Of the Moon and ARYA.

  • Music
  • Rock and indie
  • price 1 of 4
  • Venice

Remember “Safe and Sound”? Of course you do, because that’s the sort of earworm that  can never leave your head. See the local pop duo behind the hit play the Venice West during this New Year’s Eve show. Spencer Ludwig and Moon Cougar open the show.

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  • Music
  • Music festivals
  • price 3 of 4
  • San Bernardino

Ring in the New Year with confetti, pyro and 30,000 of your closest friends at Countdown. Expect about 80 dance acts to invade San Bernardino’s NOS Events Center for this year-end fest—which will take over both New Year’s Eve and the day prior. This year’s lineup includes deadmau5, ZHU, Tchami, Madeon, Justin Martin, JAUZ and more.

  • Music
  • Rap, hip-hop and R&B
  • price 3 of 4
  • Downtown

Justly venerated Philadelphia rap crew the Roots, anchored by Black Thought and Questlove, will take a recess from their Tonight Show stage to bring their jazzy take on hip-hop to L.A. for a New Year’s Eve show at the Walt Disney Concert Hall.

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  • Music
  • Rock and indie
  • price 2 of 4
  • Santa Ana

Donning mod attire and dancing feverishly through every song, the Drums channel a heavy new-wave element—which you can expect to hear from Jonny Pierce during this New Year’s Eve show.

  • Music
  • price 2 of 4
  • Westlake

Love music festivals and dance clubs in theory, but hate the pretentious clusterf*ckery they offer in practice? You’re just the audience for this low-key dance party, which gives indie pop music buffs a no-frills place to dance that doesn’t feel like a sweaty fashion show. Dance Yourself Clean started in Seattle and now puts on weekly events throughout the country—including this New Year’s Eve show at the Teragram.

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