Electronic dance music events are a flourishing business these days and the amount of parties going on from week to week has become quite excessive. But in December, it gets even crazier. Trust us when they say there are no silent nights during the EDM holiday season.Yet in between Christmas parties, maxing out credit cards and spending quality time with your loved ones it becomes important to budget your partying wisely. Looking for something to do after that awkward holiday office party? Or that late-night neighborhood caroling session? We took the time to sort through the abundance of world renowned DJs rolling through town this December to pick the top five EDM events you just can't miss!
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5. Colette at Focus Tuesdays, December 25th
A Focus favorite, Colette plays a special Christmas set alongside residents Wobs, Nonfiction and the big chief Josh Billings. This 18-and-over event has been bringing house music to Orange County for nine years now sticking to their roots of tech, deep and house genres while straying away from the commercial EDM most clubs are saturated with. It's always a good vibe at Focus as the dim lights allow for uninhibited dancing and boozing. With the voice and sounds of Colette gracing the stage, this is sure to be a memorable Christmas for those looking for something to do after the family gatherings.
4. Arty at Sutra Element Thursdays, December 27th
Insomniac Events and Identity Management group have been bringing A-list DJs and producers to Sutra in Newport Beach weekly on Thursdays nights and this New Years Eve weekend is no exception. The Russian Anjunabeats super star Arty kicks off Sutra's annual XL NYE on December 27th. As you know there is no party without Arty as he is sure to bring his eclectic mix of progressive, trance, house and electro sounds. Coming off the “City of Dreams Tour” with Dirty South, Arty is proving himself as a young talented artists that can go hard just like the rest of his veteran peers.
3. Feed Me at the Yost Theater Sunday, December 30th
Dubstep, moombahton and electro house genius Feed Me is playing a DJ set at the Yost Theater December 30th. In typical LED Presents fashion this New Year's Eve weekend party is sure to rock the Yost with it's giant LED wall, spectacular lasers, incredible sound system and booming bass from the Mau5trap Records artist. Yes that would be Deadmau5's very own record label which Feed Me has been releasing music on since 2010. Though DJ set probably means no “Teeth,” Feed Me is sure to bring a lot of wicked bass into your December with his sick energy and production at this 18-and-over show.
2. Boys Noize at the Hollywood Palladium Saturday, December 15th
Part of what makes EDM unique is the possibility of incorporating live elements into their already sensory overloaded performances. This month techno master Alex Ridha has launched his first ever US live tour with “The Skull” in support of his recent album Out of the Black. With the help of HARD promoters, Boys Noize smashes through the legendary Hollywood Palladium with DJ support from ︻╦╤─ UZ ─╤╦︻ , Le1f, Strip Steve and Destructo. We highly suggest you check out this 18 and over event which is sure to take techno, gangsta rap, trap, electronica and house music all to the next level.
1. Tiësto's Club Life College Invasion Tour, Wednesday December 5th
In typical Tiësto fashion, the legendary Dutch producer became the first to start a trend of targeting college markets for his “Club Life College Invasion Tour” last year. Add a record-breaking sold out show at the Home Depot Center in LA and you set the standard for EDM touring today. This year, Tiësto had to cancel a slew of shows in October due to doctor ordered rest. But he's back and bigger than ever tonight making up his show at the San Diego Sports Arena with special guest Tommy Trash. Tickets are still available through the Eventvibe promoters for a mere $49! Now that's a plur steal to an 18-and-over massive event!