PLAYGROUND PARTY GUIDE: NEW YEARS EVE 2018
We can all agree on one thing- 2017 was pretty weird- really weird. But the end is nearly here! With all of the highs and lows, this past year flew by fast. Now it’s time to celebrate all of the triumphs and perseverance with a solid night out on the town!
Detroit’s top party production crews and both heavy-hitting local and touring musicians are ready to ensure that 2018 starts off in style. PLAYGROUND DETROIT contributor Hailey Dukes has curated our list of Detroit’s “haute-st” New Year’s Eve parties. Don’t forget to buy your tickets before it’s too late.
Haute To Death has always made us sweat but this year they’re taking things to a new level at Detroits historic bath house, The Schvitz. Newly renovated in 2017, The infamous locale has undergone a facelift to its three floors of amenities including: a performance space, pool, steam rooms, dining and lounge. Haute to Death has cleverly seized this big moment for The Schvitz, turning it into a NYE destination for their longstanding New Years Eve party.
With musical guests Haute to Death, LADYMONIX, Real Ghosts, Charles Trees and CRIM, attendees are sure to perspirate on the dancefloor while grooving to disco, techno, house, indie rock, and more. AURA AURA will also be on site to capture the vibes via photo, eternalizing the good feels of the night. With two ticket options you can either put your focus on your footwork and simply hit the NYE party; Or you can buy an all inclusive ticket which grants you entry to the dance party and access to The Schvitz facilities New Years Day so that you can enter 2018 refreshed, moisturized and glowing. Pick your poison and grab pre-sale tickets here.
With Paxahau producing and a Ghostly International/Spectral Sound OG headlining, Marble Bar is sure to draw numbers as a mix of foundational and emerging talent combines for a night of dancing. With an impressively lit lineup, the city’s premiere electronic sounds will be celebrated, along with the new year. Local staples Chuck Flask, Clark Warner and Erno have been rocking Detroit parties for many years and neoteric firecrackers DJ Holographic, Rebecca Goldberg and Ataxia have more recently made serious noise in the industry solidifying their spots in the Detroit electronic music scene. This party sounds like house, soul, techno and acid so if you’re a fan of these genres grab your ticket and change the channel from 2017 to 2018.
Ticket info here.
Let’s admit it, everything WAS embarrassing 2017 but now’s our chance to get a clean slate in 2018. Popular venue El Club crushhhed it this year with an inventory of breathtaking performances and events and they’re topping off the year with a dynamic NYE show. With a bunch of heavy hitters on their lineup, attendees will catch performances from Sky Ferreira, Iceage, Werewolf Jones, Speedboat, Jock Club, 2Lanes, John F.M. and MGUN. With sounds ranging from techno, house, grunge, punk, pop and more this event’s got a little something for everybody. With varying ticket options, you can come strictly to party, can engage in a special meet and greet package with Sky Ferreira, or stunt on everyone by going VIP (comes with exclusive merch.) Decide how lavish you want to spend your NYE and enter 2018 with Sky and El Club. All Ages.
Ticket Info here.
The Freakish Pleasures crew is at it again! With a mysteriously covert new venue and weeks of hard work put in, Freakish Pleasures presents an affordable audiovisual experience unlike any other. With local and visiting musical talent in store the night’s acts include GE-Ology of legendary label Sound Signature, Local favorite DJ Minx of Women on Wax, visiting artist Turtle Bugg, resident of Sublimate NYC, local favorites Scott Zacharias and Ryan Spencer + more.. Known for originality, creativity and poppin parties, Freakish Pleasures kicks off every holiday in style and New Year’s Eve will be no different.
Ticket info here.
You know the names. DJ Dez, Todd Osborn and Phat Kat are three pillars in Michigan music and it’s a real treat to see them all on one lineup! From Hip Hop to house music, jungle and more, this triad has unmatched chops when it comes to music making and selection. With representatives from Money Truck Music, Ghostly International/Technical Equipment Supply and Mahogani Music, NYE attendees are sure to be blessed with undeniable classics and unknown deep cuts from true pioneers in Detroit sound. Starting at 10:00PM, this NYE party goes till late at one of the city’s well known venues, The Old Miami.
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TV Lounge has hosted some of the city’s best events and they’ve got a blowout planned for NYE. With over 10 acts performing, favorites like Delano Smith, Norm Talley, Mister Joshooa, Loren, Jacob Park and Shady P decorate an impressive lineup in the well known and always packed venue.
With two rooms and an outdoor patio, TV Lounge is the perfect place to dance mingle and meet new folks as it always attracts an effervescent crowd thats ready to party. A classic techno destination, TV Lounge is keeping true to style with techno and house sounds dominating the soundscape. The event starts at 9PM and is sure to fill up so we suggest you grab tickets and get there early for a night to remember.
Ticket Info here.
Constantly growing out of venues, Jerk x Jollof has sternly fixated itself in Detroit’s nightlife. A monthly party with unique African+ Caribbean flavor (literally!) This event offers music, community, cuisine and culture. Although they have moved their massive party to St. Andrews Hall this year, Jerk x Jollof will provide a similar setup for its loyal attendees. For a General Admission ticket, you can come dance the night away to the sounds of resident DJ Blakito and special guest DJ Lissa Monet. With VIP entry, guests are offered early entry as well as hors d’oeuvres, complimentary drink tix, midnight champagne toast, gifts & more, talk about a hook up! This party stands out for its unique Dancehall, Soca and Afrobeat sound; In fact it was created to fill a void of such music in the local circuit. If you’ve ever been to Jerk x Jollof you know it’s all about the music, vibes and style so fancy it up to sweat it out and grab your tickets.
Ticket info here.
Not into enormous crowds, condensating walls and deafening music? The Royce’s private New Years Eve party is for you. In a smaller and finely curated setting, The Royce wine bar provides an air of class and chill. With an impeccable wine and cheese selection, knowledgeable staff and beautiful decor, The Royce makes for a perfect night out with friends or significant others. Although the space is high class, they still know how to cut up and have a good time as they routinely throw dance and dinner parties in the space attracting patrons of all walks of life. Known for their monthly “G Party” The Royce lets loose with resident DJ Mike Medow of Sector 7-G Recordings record label, and Raw Juice monthly dance parties. A ticket to The Royce NYE party grants guests an open bar with food pairings, ambiance and eclectic dance music. For a more intimate feel with premium amenities, The Royce is your choice for NYE.
Ticket info here.