Zedd at XS Fresh off having a Moment of Clarity with a new documentary, EDM’s Piano Man headlines XS’ countdown to 2015. Zedd continues his reign as one of dance music’s biggest stars, his sweet-tooth songs that will “Find You” wanting to “Stay the Night” on the dancefloor. Doors at 10 p.m., $300+ men, $125+ women (outdoor access only: $50+ men, $30+ women).
Drake at Marquee The Cosmopolitan’s danceteria bucks its NYE tradition of headlining beatmeisters (DJs Chuckie, Benny Benassi, Kaskade and Erick Morillo have spun at previous year-end parties) by booking the hip-hop titan to both host and perform this New Year’s Eve. Thirsty? Get your buzz on at the premium open bar (9 to 11 p.m.) and soak it all up with passed hors d’oeuvres (9 p.m. to midnight). In the booth: DJ Politik. Doors at 9 p.m., $275+ men, $175+ women.
Miguel at Hyde R&B breakout Miguel might be your best musical bet when it comes to the NYE nightclub bashes featuring a headlining live set. Who doesn’t like his signature track “Adorn”—or can forget his flying crotch during a Billboard Music Awards performance of that song last year at MGM Grand? Yes, we will always bring that up. Doors at 9 p.m., $175+.
Alesso at Light This was the year everyone (including CNN) learned that we could be “Heroes,” latching onto the Swedish DJ/producer’s hit for various inspirational promos. To start 2015 on a positive note, experience Alesso’s soaring anthems and Cirque du Soleil performers wriggling their way into the new year. Doors at 9 p.m., limited admission availability at the door.
Iggy Azalea at Drai’s Nightclub First thing’s first: She’s the realest! The Grammy-nominated rap artist caps her hit-heavy 2014 with a performance at the Cromwell club. A hosted bar and passed hors d’oeuvres from 9 to 11 p.m. complete the “Fancy” fête, though it’s the view you’re buying with this NYE ticket. At center-Strip, the rooftop patio’s perspective is one of the best in town for the midnight fireworks extravaganza. Champagne spillin’, you should taste that! Doors at 9 p.m., $200+ men, $100+ women.
Robin Thicke at Foxtail One man who’ll surely be happy to leave 2014 behind is controversy-plagued Robin Thicke. You’re likely to see him shaking his booty in celebration at Foxtail, where he’ll grace partygoers with an actual live performance instead of the cop-out “DJ Set” (a term we use loosely). Doors at 9 p.m., $100+ men, $50+ women.
Neon New Year’s III: Underground Circus If warehouse parties, underground grooves and a casual vibe encompass the Strip nightlife alternative you’re craving, Epyk Entertainment has you covered. It promises an “unforgettable ultra-violet reality” with acrobats, animals (or people dressed like them, probably) and DJs such as Incaman, Bad Beat, Jeremy Espinosa, Dana Dau and, closing the year with his only DJ set of 2014, Svast. The secret venue (which we’ve seen, and it’s awesome) will be announced December 30 at gomobileevents.com/neonnewyears. Doors at 9 p.m., $60.
Fire & Ice at Lax If you’re like us, you’ve had Bebe Rexha’s “I Can’t Stop Drinking About You” stuck in your head for months. You might as well see the songstress perform her hit—and probably “Take Me Home,” from her collaboration with Cash Cash—as well. DJ Wellman provides the additional tunes. Add to that a sweet open-bar special until midnight for $50, and your countdown is ready to go! Doors at 10 p.m., $75+ men, $35+ women.
Evolution at Havana Room Part of the inaugural LGBT-oriented NYE weekender Evolve, this entertainment-packed main event features drag eleganza courtesy of RuPaul’s Drag Race alums Jujubee and Raven, aerialists, dancers, a view of the Strip fireworks on the patio and a soundtrack supplied by LA DJ Casey Alva. Zumanity’s Edie emcees and counts down to midnight. And did we mention the hosted bar until 12:30 a.m.? Doors at 10:30 p.m. (9 p.m. VIP), $95 ($125 VIP).
New Year’s Eve at Banger Brewing If you were hoping to avoid the club queues, cover charges and dreaded dress codes of the Strip, consider keeping it casual at the Fremont Street brewery this NYE. Banger offers an insanely lucrative, $30 all-you-can-drink deal for the occasion, so spend the last hours of 2014 sipping some sensational suds. Doors at noon.
ALSO: Calvin Harris at Hakkasan (doors at 8 p.m., $325+ men, $175+ women); Steve Angello at Life (doors at 9 p.m., $150+ men, $75+ women); Snoop Dogg DJ set and live performance at Tao (doors at 9 p.m., $175+ men, $100+women; includes free admission to Marquee Dayclub Dome Pool Party on January 1); Lil Jon DJ set at Surrender (doors at 9 p.m., $80+ men, $55+ women); Macklemore & Ryan Lewis performance with DJ Shift at 1 Oak (doors at 9 p.m., $150+ men, $75+ women); Jermaine Dupri DJ set with host Bruno Mars at Tryst (doors at 10 p.m., $200+ men, $100+ women); Trey Songz performance with DJ E-Rock at the Bank (doors at 9 p.m.; $150+ men, $75 women); DJ Pauly D at Vanity (doors at 9 p.m., $75+ men, $50+ women); DJ Khaled at Lavo (doors at 9 p.m., $100+men, $50+ women, includes free admission to Tao after midnight); Alyssa Edwards and Shangela Laquifa Wadley performance with DJs Mashup King, Nick Ayler, Brynn Taylor at Liaison (doors at 9 p.m., $50+); Perry Twins and DJ Diesel at Share (doors at 9 p.m., $30+); DJs Exodus and Presto One at Ghostbar (doors at 8 p.m., limited admission availability at door); DJs Poun and Bayati at Chateau (doors at 9 p.m., $99+); DJ Clinton Sparks at Mix (doors at 9 p.m., $145+); DJ Mark Lewis at Backstage Bar & Billiards (doors at 2 a.m., $10); Jai Rodriguez hosts at Piranha (doors at 9 p.m., $60+, $30+ locals, includes admission for December 27-30); Austin Law live performance at Gilley’s (doors at 9 p.m., $115+); Drai’s Afterhours (doors at 10 p.m., $100 men, $50 women); Deity at Foundation Room (doors at 9 p.m., $125+).