The holidays are sweeping up on the masses and New Year’s Eve is right around the corner. While some dance music enthusiasts will be hitting end-of-year massives like HiJinx, SnowGlobe, Lights All Night, or Decadence, loyal bassheads will be making their annual pilgrimage to the Deep South for a massive, 20K-person takeover. The event of interest is, of course, Bassnectar‘s arena-style gathering, NYE 360, which is set to take place one-night-only in the modest urban landscape of Louisville, Kentucky.
The hallmark event is a largescale homecoming for Lorin Ashton’s loyal legion of cult followers, with drones of fans pouring in at a rate which feels like a traveling circus sideshow. This year, the event sold out in record time, which can only mean one thing: The pre-parties and after-parties are going to reach capacity as well. If past years are any indication, these events always sell out. With an attendance that far surpasses all of Bassnectar’s other year-round events, most people fly in on New Year’s and are out by the next morning.
However, for those staying, CE has compiled a list of every pre- and post-party surrounding Bassnectar’s 2019-2020 NYE event in Louisville—official, unofficial, or otherwise. Also, be sure to keep your eyes peeled on CE‘s Twitter account, because unannounced renegade pop-up parties always get sent out at a moment’s notice.
Pro-tip: The bars in Louisville stay open until 4 am so plan to drink accordingly and party responsibly.
Official NYE 360 Pre-party
With headliners in Jantsen, Stylust, and a Spicybois Takeover, along with early opening acts in Jason Leech and Lancelott, the official pre-party is likely to be a ball. The event takes place at Headliner’s Music Hall, Monday, December 30, from 8pm until 2am EST.
Pro-tip: Don’t support scalpers! If the ticket seller is attempting to charge more than face value, then they are likely either a scammer or someone on the outside of the Bassnectar family.
The Local Plug 502 Presents: MIZE & WRECKNO
When: Monday, December 30, Doors 8pm, Show 9pm
Where: Zanzabar (2100 S Preston St, Louisville, Kentucky)
Tickets: SOLD OUT
A much smaller-scale event, this unofficial 21-and-up pre-party is where the underground bassheads are likely to be. With Bassnectar family DJs, MIZE and WRECKNO, atop the bill, it’s no wonder the event is already sold out. Since playing DejaVoom and renegade after-hours sets at Electric Forest, both producers have been having stellar breakout years as underground artists. Plus, the event features live visuals from Chinchilla Productions and Data Byte, who is actually a Bassnectar ambassador whose visuals have been features by Lorin Ashton himself.
Be on the lookout for second-hand tickets on the Bassnectar Face Value Ticket Exchange.
Unofficial Basshead NYE Charity Pre-Party: Coconut Bass
When: Monday, December 30, 9pm – 3:30am EST
Where: Coconut Beach Tacos & Cerveza (2787 S Floyd St, Louisville, KY)
Two local promoters, Basseggs Productions and Shanty Media, are teaming up to bring 360 attendees an event that is right in tune with the spirit of the Bassnectar community. Coconut Bass, a 21+ event, will be donating 100% of its proceeds to Bassnectar’s Be Interactive Nonprofit. Headliners include Medusa, Mal Function, Mr. Dill, Ampathic (formerly JBRWN), Jibbz, and more.
PESEDJET & EDM KY Present: Of The Trees & Chee
When: Monday, December 30, 8pm – 4am
Where: Diamonds Concert Hall (630 Barrett Ave., Louisville, KY)
Tickets: The Ticketing Co.
If you’ve never experienced the power of a Hennessey sound sound system, here’s your chance! One more unofficial NYE pre-party was just announced with Of The Trees and Chee slated as headliners. Supporting acts include HUMORME, Sather Bass, Handsome Bahb, and Gitsum. Live art and live flow performers will also grace this 18+ event. Here’ the best part: Expect your ears to be tickled with Hennessey Sound Design by Wubbullz Audio.
Doors open at 8pm. Music starts at 9pm.
Un-official After-party: Further Frequencies II
When: Tuesday, December 31, Doors: 11pm, Curfew: 5am
Where: Art Sanctuary (1433 S Shelby St., Louisville, KY)
One great thing about Bassnectar curated events is how many afterparties get booked just because promoters know so many musically like-minded people are in town. Further Frequencies seized the opportunity with their after-party that boasts a diverse bass music billing: Digital Ethos, Mystic Grizzly, and Deep, Dark, & Dangerous artist Khiva. The best part is that the event space will be equipped with a Funktion One sound system bumping until the wee hours of the morning.
Limitless Presents: Deep + Dirty – A New Year’s Eve Afterparty
When: Tuesday, December 31, 12:30am – 4am
Where: Diamond Pub Billards (630 Barret Ave., Louisville, KY)
With Huge Lights and Sound, care of Chuch Puppy Visuals, this 18+ unofficial afterparty is bringing bass heads out to the billiards into the wee hours of the morning. Headliners include sMITH., Pushloop, and Vusive. With help from Submission., talk about an in-the-place-to-be event. Entry is $20.
NYE 360 Winter Donation Drives
Who: Bassnetwork, BeInteractive
What: New/gently-used coats (all kids and adult sizes), cat litter, wet/dry pet food
When: Clothing accepted the night of the event. Pet supplies
Where: Clothing accepted at the entrance of the official venue, Freedom Hall. Pet supplies accepted at select hotel lobbies in the vicinity.
Why: To help humans and animals in need around the city.
Also, don’t forget about the New Year’s Eve 360 winter donation drives! Hosted by the Bassnetwork and BeInteractive, there will be multiple drives set up around Louisville. They’re in need of new/gently-used coats for kids and adults as well as cat litter and wet/dry food for dogs and cats. RSVP to contribute on Facebook.
Donations for the Winter Coat Drive will benefit the efforts of St. Vincent de Paul Louisville. Learn more about the organization here. Donations for the Pet Supply Drive will benefit the efforts of No Kill Louisville. Learn more about the organization here.