The SoundDiego NYE Concert Guide

With New Year's Eve right around the corner, why not make plans now to ring in 2018 with a concert? Here's our handy guide to San Diego's best live-music bets.

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Let's start things off with a hard-rock bang: Alkaline Trio, Rocket From the Crypt (pictured), and Sharp Shock perform at the Observatory North Park on Dec. 31. Doors at 8 p.m., tickets are $45 at
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LED Presents’s annual OMFG! NYE two-day festival returns to Valley View Casino Center on Dec. 30-31 with some of the biggest names in EDM, like Zedd, Tiesto, Dillon Francis, NGHTMRE, San Holo, Kayzo, and more. Tickets are available at and range from $90-$190. The shows are 18 and over. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images)
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The Donkeys, the Range of Light Wilderness, and John Meeks head into the Casbah for NYE. 8:30 p.m., tickets are $20 in advance at
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Bang Bang ushers in the new year with Ghastly. The show is 21-and-up and starts at 10 p.m. Tickets range between $20-$35 at (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SiriusXM)
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Do the creep: The Creepy Creeps and Cruz Radical ring in 2018 at Soda Bar. Show starts at 8:30 p.m. and tickets are $20 in advance at
Til-Two Club goes punk on NYE! La Escalera New Year’s Bash takes over the club with Western Settings, Problem Daughter, Gentlemen Prefer Blood, Se Vende, Ash Williams, Rayner, International Dips---, the Dodges and Heartless Folk. Doors at 7 p.m. $12 at the door. Tickets available at
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The Merrow in Hillcrest enlists KFM-BFM’s Robin Roth, DJ Heather Hardcore and DJ Heabnasty for a dance-oriented NYE with a complimentary Champagne toast at midnight. $10 at the door, or $5 in advance at 9 p.m.
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Celebrate NYE with Big Head Todd & the Monsters at the Belly Up in Solana Beach. Doors are at 8:30 p.m., and general admission tickets are $85 each at
The Hard Rock Hotel San Diego gives you “A Picture Perfect New Year’s Eve” downtown, with 15-plus DJs (and two huge headliners TBA) taking over eight rooms on three different floors with 25 bars. This 21—and-over event kicks off at 8 p.m. and tickets range from $60-$100 at
La Mesa's beloved Riviera Supper Club and Turquoise Room takes off with the Schizophonics and Mittens at 9 p.m. Entry is free.
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The Westgate Hotel offers live jazz for your NYE festivities courtesy of the Lorraine Castellanos Quartet, along with a five-course prix fixe menu with wine pairing. The show starts at 7 p.m. and tickets are $219 per person, available at
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Omnia welcomes Savi to town on Dec. 31. Doors are at 9 p.m., pre-sale general admission tickets are $60.78 at Other ticket options are also available. (Press photo courtesy of Savi)
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Of course, New Year’s Eve wouldn’t be complete in San Diego without Hilton Bayfront’s Big Night San Diego New Year’s Eve Gala! Ten party areas, eight dance floors, party bands, DJs, first-class cuisine, all drinks included and much more. Headliners are yet to be announced. Tickets range between $94.99-$240. Get details at
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Insomniac Events present Joyryde at Bassmnt on Dec. 31. This 18-and-over show kicks off at 9 p.m. and tickets are $20 at (Photo by Koury Angelo)
Little Hurricane and the Redwoods Revue (Birdy Bardot, the Midnight Pine, Dani Bell & the Tarantist, etc.) play Music Box in Little Italy. 8:30 p.m., tickets are $37 in advance at
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Queen Bee’s Art and Cultural Center gets into the NYE swing of things with live Cuban music courtesy of Sexteto Sonero Del Caribe. Doors are at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $35. (Photo by Manuel Cruces Camberos)
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Ten DJs take over five rooms at Parq nightclub downtown for “The Ball on Broadway NYE 2018.” Starts at 9 p.m., and tickets range from $40-60 at
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Pissed Regardless, Short Temper and special guests bring the punk rock to Tower Bar. Show starts at 9 p.m. (Photo courtesy of Pissed Regardless' Facebook page)
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