Another year has come and gone with 2017 on its way out and 2018 looming ever closer. We still have some time left to take in some live music before the year officially comes to a close, and New Year's Eve is the perfect time to do it. After all, is there a better way to say goodbye to one year and welcome the next? And Phoenix has plenty of concerts happening for New Year's, from weekend festivals to local parties. So put on your finest, pop some champagne, and get your tickets to have a fun, memorable holiday.
Dec. 30 and 31 @ 3 p.m.
Rawhide Event Center - 5700 West North Loop Rd., Chandler, AZ 85226
This New Year's, you'll find plenty of weekend-long festivals across the country--especially as New Year's Eve falls on a Sunday--and Arizona is no exception, hosting Decadence for two nights at Rawhide Event Center in nearby Chandler. On Saturday, Dec. 30, fans can enjoy performances from Steve Aoki, Black Tiger Sex Machine, Zedd, Party Favor, Borgore, and Zeds Dead, while Justice, Armin Van Buuren, Boys Noize, Chet Porter, Deorro, TOKiMONSTA, and more will take the stage for New Year's Eve. Tickets are on sale now, costing $119 for Saturday, $139 for Sunday, and $209 for both. VIP packages are also available, with perks like early entry, lanyards, desserts, drinks, gift bags, side-stage views, and more.
Dec. 31 @ 6 p.m.
Marquee Theater - 730 N Mill Ave., Tempe, AZ 85281
Celebrate with reggae band 311 at the Marquee Theater in nearby Tempe, along with The Original Wailers. Tickets are on sale now for $82. Like plenty of other musicians, fans can expect more shows from 311 in 2018--the band recently announced shows at Red Rocks for 4/20.
Maybe 2018 Will Be Better
Dec. 31 @7:30 p.m.
The Compound - University Dr. and Farmer Ave., Tempe, AZ 85281
It wouldn't be New Year's without a small (or huge) sigh of relief that the year is over and the hope that maybe, just maybe, the next one will be a step forward. The sentiment is expressed with Maybe 2018 Will Be Better in nearby Tempe, featuring over 60 local artists and local musicians such as Playboy Manbaby, Party Time Excellent, Just Chris, Baby Scoops, Djentrification, Alhhla Hezazz, Meet the Sun, and more. Admission is $15.
The Phoenix Symphony
Dec. 31 @ 7:30 p.m.
Symphony Hall - 75 N. 2nd St., Phoenix, AZ 85004
Cities all over the country ring in the New Year with beautiful performances from their local symphonies and Arizona is no exception. Join the Phoenix Symphony for New Year's Eve, performing "famous Strauss waltzes, seasonal classics and Broadway and contemporary favorites"--with the awesome bonus of complimentary champagne. Tickets are on sale now.