The Best New Year’s Eve DJ and Live Music Shows

From Avicii to Wiz Khalifa, there are acts to rock every musical palate performing this New Year’s Eve. Whether you’re in the U.S., Europe or the South Pacific, here are our picks for the biggest and best NYE music shows around …

Jay-Z and Coldplay in Brooklyn, N.Y.: The dynamic duo of rapper Hova and Brit rocker Chris Martin will team up once again, rocking the mics at the Barclays Center on December 31 for a joint performance to ring in 2013. If you just want to see Coldplay, they’re playing the same venue the night before with opening act Naturally 7.

The Killers, fun., PitBull and Nicki Minaj in Las Vegas: Sin City boasts a killer cast of headliners in separate shows along the Strip. First, the Cosmopolitan resort is hosting Nevada’s own alt rockers The Killers on Dec. 28 and 29 in their first hometown show in three years. Then nightclub Haze showcases fun. (“We Are Young”) on NYE. Down the street, Pitbull headlines at The Palms and then “Playtime Is Over” when Nicki Minaj performs at Pure.

Lights All Night Music Fest in Dallas, Texas: Dance music in Dallas? Oh, yes! Electronic Dance Music fans can now enjoy a three-day powerhouse lineup of the biggest DJs, including Tiësto, Avicii, Bassnectar, and Calvin Harris, from Dec. 29-31 on three massive stages at Fair Park.

Snowglobe Music Fest in South Lake Tahoe, Calif.:  Pack your furry boots and glow necklaces for this three-day outdoor winterfest. It includes EDM DJs, popular bands and a few hip hoppers for flava. This year’s Dec. 29-Dec. 31 lineup: Deadmau5, Wiz Khalifa, Chromeo, Beats Antique, Big Gigantic, Mimosa, Laidback Luke, Madeon and more.

If you’re lucky enough to be abroad, consider …

Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany: The birthplace of electronic music, Berlin’s hosting its usual two-kilometer-long outdoor party surrounding the famed Gate with live music, laser and light shows. Indoors are celebrity DJs at famed dance clubs like Tresor (DJ Deep with Octave One, Marcelus, Monoloc, Pär Grindvik and many more) and Panorama Bar. There’s also Odyssee 2013, a four-story electronic music and arts festival held at The old Kindl brewery Neukölln.

Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: As usual, more than 2 million people will celebrate NYE beachside with fireworks and live DJs on four massive stages. Headlining is Palco Principal and an all Brazilian line-up of DJ Mam and DJ Marcelinho da Lua, featuring the singer BNegão.

Summadayze in Adelaide, Australia: It’s summer in Australia which is a great reason to celebrate 2013 with The Chemical Brothers, Mark Ronson, Knife Party, Kimbra, Disclosure and dozens more on NYE before the annual traveling show heads to Melbourne, the Gold Coast and Perth.

See you in 2013!

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