With less than a week to close out 2017—a year that seemed to be a brutal one for everyone — we look to celebrating 2018 with a heightened sense of urgency.
As much as we’d like to forget the insanity that occurred almost daily this past year, the great majority of us don't even consider how we’ll welcome the next one until the very last minute. Decisions like that carry their own pits and follies: there’s either too many options to consider, or tickets are already sold out for all the good parties.
So the team here at A-Player Media decided help you in your decision making for this Sunday. We put our collective tastemaking minds together and came up with 3 events that we believe are the best shows or parties to attend. We hope one (or all, if you're crazy enough) will give you the satisfaction you need to kick off 2018 with a well deserved toast.
For your consideration, and in no particular order, here are our top 3 recommendations for you, our APM community, to partake on New Years Eve. And please remember to drink responsibly and take one of many rideshare options available in town to get back home.
The NYE Party: KIQNYE (Keep It Quiet)
Where: Fair Market, 1100 E 5th St, Austin, TX 78702
Heading into its 5th year of production, the KIQNYE team has been putting on this increasingly high-profile event on the east side, and each year seems to be bigger and wilder than the last. Befitting the moniker, they are very well known for keeping all the delights of the night top secret. At KIQNYE (Keep It Quiet), attendees are constantly surprised by what they will experience throughout the evening. You’ll just have to be there to see what we’re talking about.
Musical acts feature Charles Moon and "Obama's DJ," — Austin Music Hall of Fame artist DJ MEL. Tickets will cover everything as soon as you walk through the door, including coat check, food, and a sick open bar lineup.
Imbibe in Austin staples like Tito’s Vodka, Dulce Vita Tequila, Gem & Bolt Mezcal, Still Austin Whiskey Co., Guns & Oil beer, The Austin Winery's adult grape juice, and America’s favorite, Austin East Ciders. A portion of each ticket will also support The Clifford Antone Foundation in helping preserve local Austin music culture and community by caring for the elderly and investing in underprivileged youth. Let your hangover go to a good cause.
NYE 2018 Bash + Crash at Native Hostel
Where: Native Hostel Kitchen & Bar, 807 East 4th Street Austin, TX 78702
Native Hostel is one of those unique Austin places that you can go in at 9am to work on your laptop, host a meeting at noon, stick around for happy hour, then fall off your barstool at midnight. Less than a year old, the luxury hostel-meets-coffee-shop-meets-bar truly exemplifies how Austinites see the interweaving of work, travel, and play as they head into 2018. You’ll certainly see an APM team member posted up at least once a week by the coffee bar; taking in the bohemian-infused vibes, or chasing away a hangover from the previous night there.
Native’s inaugural NYE Bash + Crash gives attendees the opportunity to enjoy themselves to their fullest in downtown Austin and simultaneously negate the futile venture of finding a ride home after midnight. You can buy an individual ticket, or if you’re coming with crew that likes to go hard, take them up on a variety of ticket + bed packages that will give you the best staycation experience of 2017 and 2018 combined. Hangover brunch will be waiting for you as soon as you roll out of bed!
Price for entry includes Ketel One Drink Tickets, Champagne Toasts, Midnight Munchies, Visual Art Scapes, & Photo Booth Magic. Musical performances by APM favorite MOBLEY and a Special NYE VJ Set by BIRD PETERSON will guarantee that you’ll boldly roar into 2018 with your entire ride-or-die crew.
Buy Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/new-years-eve-bash-crash-tickets-41322973125#tickets
Six months of sweat, resilience, and relentless drive have lead us to the halfway point of 2017, and #APM continues to build enduring bridges between artists, brands, and events. It also lead us to the penultimate show of @mobleywho and a month-long tour stop in San Antonio’s grungy music district. His post-genre pop connects thoughtful lyricism with groovy dance beats that were a welcome reprieve from the Linkin Park cover bands that oft-litter the disorderly street. Here’s to a great set from a consummate musician. Here’s to the building thunder ahead in the second half of the year #bandsnbrands
Ghostland Observatory - NYE 2017: A Space Oddity
Where: The Mohawk Austin, 912 Red River Street Austin, TX 78701
Doors Open: 9:00pm
Lots of Lasers.
SERIOUSLY. LOTS OF BIG FREAKIN' LASERS.
Maybe you’re over the glitzy NYE scene. Maybe you’re over champagne toasts and funny hats. Maybe you just want to get get down with your friends and boogie for hours under a canopy of laser lights that the FAA needs advance notice before turning on outside.
If that’s you, then head straight to the Mohawk Austin and witness a delightfully maddening laser show by one of Austin’s legendary duos: Thomas Ross Turner and Aaron Behrens’ Ghostland Observatory’s NYE 2017: A Space Oddity.
For 15 years, band frontman Aaron Behren’s electric showmanship and vocals seemed charged by the lights at his back, buzzing over your head and whirling into the night sky. Electro-synthy grooves coast to perfection and spike in loud thumps. The “Freddie Mercury-helms-Daft Punk” experience will leave your entire body buzzing well after you found that Uber at 3am. So go on, get groovy in the dance waves with a few hundred of your closest friends, and let the show consume you. Because who needs fireworks when you got freakin' laser beams?!?
About the Author
Sarah Creel is the Marketing Associate for A-Player Media and Programs Coordinator for the Founder Institute Austin. She is also an internationally published model and actor. Follow her on Instagram at @keepinitcreel.