New Year’s Eve in Atlanta always offers some of the best parties, club nights and other events of the year. Unfortunately, there’s no way to make it to all of them in one night, and deciding which shows to go to can be a bit mind-boggling. If you’re like me, the decision to just stay in and relax with friends or get out of town for a more secluded countdown is always an option, too. But, assuming I do end up going out this New Year’s Eve, here are nine events I might try to make it to at some point during the night.
Those who want to get their festivities started a little early can go to Fado Irish Pub, where there will be a toast at 7 p.m. (Irish New Year) and midnight. Early arrival also means no cover, but for those who show up later (or are still there) there will be DJs spinning at 10 p.m. and complimentary party favors.
Platinum Championship Wrestling’s Knockout New Year’s Eve
Though the show will be over well before midnight, the epic battles and drama that will take place at this New Year’s Eve show will rival any fireworks display that will take place later in the night. Plus, the comedy, tragedy and athleticism on display here will help get you pumped about the rest of the evening’s festivities.
Some of the Southeast’s top techno, industrial, drum and bass and aggro electro DJs converge on four rooms and two levels for cyber dance mayhem. Among the 16 DJs performing are masters of digital hardcore Jakal & Hyde, breakbeat favorite Omar Santana, Threv, Evil-Z, Jennocide and others. Go-go dancers and freakish performers like Defenzmechanizm, Spacekitty and others will add to the show.
For New Year’s revelers with slightly more lavish tastes, Heaven ’11 features energetic dance music spun by MTV’s DJ X, visual manipulations by Ryan Noize, a photo booth and a dessert spread. There will also be a champagne toast at midnight, and burlesque performances by Baby Blitzkrieg, Darcy Lemmonier and Baroness VONschmalhausen of Minette Magnifique.
Preston Craig and Decatur Social Club return from New York for a special New Year’s party at Graveyard Tavern with help from electro hardcore duo Street Lurkin and Free Magic. The party also includes a performance by experimental rock band Snowden, photos by Oh Snap! Kid and a balloon drop, complimentary champagne toast and strip down countdown at midnight.
Glitter & Fur
Perhaps the most glam and gay New Year’s party in town, Glitter & Fur features performances by dance pop DJ Barry Brandon, Shane V and a post-midnight set by local electro pop duo Sex Drugs & Roses. There will also be free beer and other visual stimulation.
New Year’s Eve with Sealions, Sonen
Though it’s not officially labeled as Laserbeam Kitty, this New Year’s party looks and sounds like the monthly indie dance event. Local electro rock bands Sealions and Sonen are performing, with DJ sets by Sonen’s Keith Evans and DJ and the Bear. LBK regular Rob Hare will provide videography, with party photography, a midnight champagne toast and other festivities.
New Year’s Eve at East Side Lounge
Perhaps the most inexpensive option in town, East Side Lounge’s New Year’s party offers plenty of bang for your buck. In addition to the traditional balloon drop and midnight champagne toast, Vyolet Venom, Mimi de Milo and Madam Willey of Minette Magnifique will put on a vivacious burlesque show. DJs Kamal, Kwasi and Mike Swift will also be spinning all night, with go-go dancers on the bar and a striptease countdown.
Nude Year’s Eve
Two of Atlanta’s sexiest electro acts team up for a raunchier way to ring in the New Year. Husband-and-wife dance pop duo La Chansons opens with an amorously absurd set of party songs. Le Sexoflex, with its electroclash-y potty humor, sets the stage for the New Year’s explosion.