MAKJ at the Yost Theater
MAKJ at the Yost Theater
Jeff Allen

Top Five EDM Shows in December

Yes we know it's almost the end of the year and dance music devotees are having that epic debate on which massive EDM event they should choose to ring in the new year. But just because you're shelling out $130 for a good time at the end of the month doesn't mean you should go into hibernation until then. There's plenty of talented artist playing all month to help you escape the family gatherings and Christmas music at the malls. From progressive house, moombahton, electro, trance to deep house we got you covered with the top five EDM shows this December.

Nina Kraviz Saturday, December 14th Ten Nightclub

This Russian techno beauty is known just as much for her looks as she is for her skills behind the decks. With a love for vinyl and the deeper side of house music, she has become one of the most underground and in demand female DJs (if that's even possible). With gigs at Space, Boiler Room, and Richie Hawtin's Enter in Ibiza all summer and shows all over the world, Nina Kraviz is a rare treat in the states. Thanks to OC's Focus crew and the Modern Disco Ambassadors we too can hear the underground sounds of house music while enjoying her sexy dance moves at Ten Nightclub for only $15 next weekend.

John Dahlbäck and Emma Hewitt Thursday, December 19th Sutra

The Swedish artist is making a rise this year in the states as he has garnered a coveted residency at the EDM mecca in Las Vegas' XS Nightclub. With over a decade of experience (he's only 28), Dahlbäck has released tracks on labels such as Dim Mak, Mix Mash and Ultra Records. Playing gigs from Tomorrowland to Ibiza, he proves he has mastered the art of DJing and reading a crowd by playing progressive house, trance, electro house and even techno through his alias Hug. Paired with EDM's favorite singer Emma Hewitt and you have a damn good evening with fans who actually like the music.

Zeds Dead and Destructo Thursday, December 26th Fox Theater Pomona

For all the bass music lovers, Goldenvoice has teamed up with LED and Future Events to bring the best in dubstep, drum & bass, and electro house at bigger venues for more stomping room. Canadian duo Zeds Dead (not Zedd, the Lady Gaga favorite) make their way to Pomona after a massive set at this year's Day of the Dead festival which closed out their "Altered States Tour." With support by HARD's Destructo, this 18-and-over event will give you just the right amount of variety with house, electro, dubstep, glitch hop and even some hip hop influences if you're trying to turn up on a weekday.

Dillon Francis December 26th - December 29th Fonda Theater

Though we get a kick out of Dillon Francis' cat and owl memes he is best known for being a pioneer of the moombahton craze. In just three years, he's released tracks on every dubstep, electro, and trap label such as OWSLA, Dim Mak, and Mad Decent. This month, he's giving fans a mini IDGAFOS tour (I Don't Give a F*ck or Santa) - appropriately named after his hit single which makes four stops in LA at the Fonda. Plus his new track with Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs "Without You" will have a big room "Rebirth" by then, but we're not going to lie we sort of like this softer side of Dillon.

NERVO Sunday, December 29th Yost Theater

It seems like Mim and Liv Nervo became superstars overnight, but the truth is these twins worked hard to get to where they are by songwriting and producing hits for artist like David Guetta, Kelly Rowland, Kylie Minogue, and Britney Spears. They connect with fans through their NERVOnation radio show on Sirius XM, playing every major festival and club in the world while collaborating with the EDM elite on number one hits. These Covergirl spokes models are much more than just a pretty face though and they sure as hell know how to make people party when they're behind the decks.

See also: 10 EDM Albums to Listen to Before You Die 25 Greatest Orange County Bands of All Time 20 Greatest OC Albums of All Time: The Complete List

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