It’s almost here: The end of 2016. It’s been a turbulent year, which means there is even more of a reason to celebrate what’s to come. New Year’s Eve is a notoriously tricky holiday where several things can go wrong. From getting wedged in a crowd with a full bladder at Times Square, to getting caught without a dinner reservation, to being caught in traffic at the stroke of midnight, we want to help you avoid all of the classic New Year’s Eve pitfalls this year to ensure a much brighter 2017. Happy Holidays everyone, here is your New Yorker’s Guide to New Year’s Eve 2016.
Ring in the New Year with at a concert
One sure way of having an amazing night with the perfect party vibes is to attend a concert on New Year’s Eve. And music fans of all kinds are in luck this year. Though you have to be 18+ to attend these shows, some will definitely be rowdier than others. We’re sure you’d have an amazing time at any of the following shows at some of New York CIty’s iconic venues.
Phish @ Madison Square Garden
One of America’s longest running jam bands is back to perform on a stage that probably feels quite familiar by now. Phish will be in NYC for their traditional 4-Day stint beginning Wednesday, December 28th. Though the band is gracious enough to offer a live stream for fans that can’t make it to the show, we encourage all New Yorker’s and those visiting to catch Phish at MSG if you haven’t already. It’s definitely a show you’ll never forget.
Disclosure’s Wild Life Party @ TBD
This isn’t Disclosure’s first time hosting “Wild Life”, and it certainly won’t be their last. This New Year’s Eve, Disclosure’s “Wild Life” is making its Brooklyn debut at an undisclosed location. This year, Disclosure’s guests include Tiga, Kenny Larkin, and Eli Escobar. Not to mention, certain ticket brackets offer you a 3 hour open bar leading up to midnight. For a more high energy, EDM show, Disclosure’s “Wild Life” is definitely worth the price.
Black Lips @ Baby’s All Right
Atlanta based, garage influenced punk rock band The Black Lips will be headlining a night of raucous, energetic indie music at Brooklyn’s own Baby’s All Right. The Black Lips, who’ve been determined as one of the Peach State’s wildest bands, is one of the most unique bands who survive grungy stage antics with creative, bluesy undertows. The music begins around 9 and will provide the perfect, punk backdrop to the end of a very frustrating 2016.
The Lone Bellow @ Bowery Ballroom
The Southern-born, Brooklyn based folk trio has been making quite the impression in NYC’s indie music scene since their debut back in 2013. So much that the iconic Bowery Ballroom will be hosting The Lone Bellow for a 3-Day stay New Year’s Eve weekend beginning Thursday, December 29th. Their warm, uplifting sound will be the perfect vibes you need to be excited and hopeful for 2017. Plus, The Lone Bellow will be hosting a happy hour before and after the concert!
James Brown Dance Party at Gramercy Theater
The James Brown Dance Party is a James Brown Tribute band that brings both old school players who once joined James Brown on stage, and contemporary admirers and survivors of the genre. Known for putting on an incredible, soul and funk infused show, James Brown Dance Party certainly won’t let down for this upcoming holiday show. This concert will definitely be one of the funkiest shows happening in Midtown on New Year’s Eve.
Kamasi Washington @ Brooklyn Bowl
If you haven’t heard of Kamasi Washington, you’re missing out on one of the best, break out jazz talents of the decade. After getting the final launch he needed by contributing to Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly, Kamasi is now lauded as a critically acclaimed artist who offered up a beautiful and complex debut. Kamasi Washington with special guests The Budos Band will be an incredible way to ring in the New Year with America’s latest sax and jazz prodigy ringing us in to 2017.
For one last laugh over 2016…
This year has been full of simultaneously hilarious and tragic moments. And now that the holidays have finally arrived, we think it’s time to start laughing about it all. It’s a good thing New York City’s comedy scene continues to be one of the best in the nation, hosting annual events that bring in both New Yorker’s and comedy fans everywhere.
New Year’s Eve Spectacular at Caroline’s on Broadway
There are plenty of perks to attending the annual New Year’s Eve Spectacular at Caroline’s on Broadway, depending on what kind of night you want to have. This suggestions would definitely be for those wanting to be right near the action in Times Square. Caroline’s will be putting on two shows hosted by Tim Dillon, and packed with incredible NYC comedians. After the 10 P.M show, there will be party favors and a large DJ spinning after midnight.
The Comedy Cellar New Year’s Eve
For a more low-key experience in just as iconic of a setting, head to one of the West Village’s most famous mainstays: The Comedy Cellar. If you’re looking to turn in early, the first show starts at 8 P.M, and for those of you staying up past midnight, the last show begins at 10:30. Performers and writers from all of your favorite late night T.V shows and comedies including Louie, Trainwreck, The Daily Show, The Tonight Show will be making their way through, providing hilarity all night long.
And for something a little more family friendly…
Fireworks at Prospect Park
For views of the annual Prospect Park fireworks, stay close to Grand Army Plaza, the Park’s West Drive, or along Prospect Park West between Grand Army Plaza and 9th Street. This is the perfect family friendly event to ring in the New Year. There will also be hot chocolate and live music before and after the fireworks show.
SING at your Local AMC
Both kids and adults will enjoy the latest animated comedy musical starring Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane, and Matthew McConaughey, and seeing a movie is a great, low-key way to spend New Year’s Eve. According to reviews, SING is both hilarious and filled with incredible music, including a new song by Ariana Grande and Stevie Wonder. It’s definitely the animated film to see this season.
Now that Christmas is over, we suggest planning your New Year’s Eve soon. And from everyone here at TickPick, be safe, and Happy Holidays!