Where to party on New Year's Day in Melbourne

The festivities don't have to end at midnight. This year, Melbourne is hosting some top-notch dance music festivals that will see you partying your way into 2017
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By Time Out editors |

Shake off 2016 at one of these dance music festivals on New Year's Day. Each boasts a killer line-up, great food options and a beautiful location. What better way to kick off 2017? Make sure you get some pre-party sustenance at one of the cafés open on January 1, and stay hydrated; it'll probably be a hot one out there.

New Year's Day music festivals

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Welcome To Thornbury

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On New Year's Day, Welcome to Thornbury will be pulling out all the stops for Animals Dancing, an alfresco party in sunny Northcote. Keep your head nodding along to Beautiful Summers, Telephones, Bladimir Ivkovic and more. 

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