NYE Concerts Abroad


By Jess Goulart

Photo courtesy of Hai Linh Truong.

If you’re not globetrotting for New Year’s Eve this year, you should be. Here’s BTR’s top five best concerts from around the world.

Falls Music and Arts Festival – Multiple venues, Lorne, Australia

Your one stop shop for everything from post-rock to ethereal pop to hip hop from around the world. The Falls Festival in Lorne, Australia features over 80 bands that play from Dec 28 to Jan 1, 2015, with art installations, camping, and (best of all) beach access. Highlights from this year’s lineup include The Black Lips, Movement, and Milky Chance.

Edinburgh’s Hogmanay – Multiple venues, Edinburgh, Scotland

Photo courtesy of Robbie Shade.

Maybe you crossed Scotland off your list because freezing your ass off doesn’t sound very festive. BUT, the capital city of Edinburgh hosts one of Europe’s best celebrations, complete with a torchlight procession, a Fire Festival with people swinging big balls of fire around their heads, and concerts galore. Lily Allen plays in the outdoor gardens, traditional Scottish musicians (think bagpipes and kilts) march in the streets, and an orchestral performance enchants in the candle lit St. Giles’ Cathedral.

Did we mention the balls of fire?

Black Butter Records NYE – Electric Brixton, London, England

Photo courtesy of Moyan Brenn.

Hip hop fans will love Black Butter Records’ bash at the Electric Brixton this NYE. A soulful mix of urban music, R&B, house, techno, grime, and dubstep is meant to keep you moving from dusk till dawn. Headliners include Kidnap Kid, My Nu Leng, Woz, and Zed Bias with his final live performance.

Little Lapin – TBA, Stratford Upon Avon, England

Prolific songbird and BTR favorite Little Lapin rings in the New Year in Shakespeare’s birthplace, Stratford-Upon-Avon, England. Perfect if you’re looking for a quieter, more intimate celebration, this village in South Warwickshire is laced with charming cottages and quaint town squares. Little Lapin’s velvety vocals are the perfect way to relax into 2015. Venue TBA.

The Prototypes – Arcade Empire, Cape Town, South Africa

Photo courtesy of Warren Tyrer.

Arcade Empire is one of South Africa’s premier venues for EDM, hosting a NYE party annually. This year, The Prototypes, a D&D/electro/bass duo out of the UK, kills it with dirty beats, heavy builds, and chaotic breakdowns. Get ready to vibrate when that bass kicks in.

For the best New Year’s Eve concerts in the USA, check out yesterday’s article.