New Year’s Eve Happenings: Diplo & Skrillex, Elton John, Cake

So, where will you be when the clock strikes midnight and the calendar turns from 2014 to 2015? Maybe Elton John will serenade you into the next year. Or perhaps you’ll dance the night away to Skrillex and Diplo. Then again, you might want to rock out with Cake.  

Skrillex and Diplo are teaming up to co-headline the biggest night of the year. It’s all happening at New York’s Madison Square Garden.

Fans will be treated to individual sets from the DJs/producers as well as a performance from their joint project Jack Ü. Plus, special guests are still to be announced.

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Ultra Music Festival, Bayfront Park, Miami, Fla.

Skrillex has been busy supporting his debut studio album, Recess, which was released in March. Diplo has squeezed in time to work on Madonna’s new album in between his tour schedule.

You can pre-order Jack Ü’s new single, “Take Ü There” (featuring Kiesza), now. After playing the tune at Mad Decent Block Party in Brooklyn, the song officially premiered today on BBC Radio 1 as Zane Lowe’s “Hottest Record.” The track will be released Sept. 30.

Let’s talk tickets for the big shindig in the Big Apple. An American Express cardmember presale begins Tuesday, Sept. 16 at 10 a.m. EDT. Live Nation has its own presale Thursday, Sept. 19 at 10 a.m. EDT. The general onsale is scheduled Friday, Sept. 19 at 12 p.m. EDT.

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Elton John will also bid farewell to 2014 with a show in the Empire State. After spending November and early December playing Europe, the Rocket Man will back in the States Dec. 31 to take over Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.

The venue points out the show is extra special because it marks the first time he’s ever played New Year’s Eve in New York City.

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Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, Manchester, Tenn.

The setlist will include tunes from throughout Elton’s five-decade career. Of course he’s going to show off tunes from Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, which was recently re-released to celebrate its 40th anniversary.

An American Express presale begins Monday, Sept. 22 at 10 a.m. EDT Brooklyn Nets All Access season ticket buyers will also have the opportunity to get their tickets before the general public. The general onsale is Friday, Sept. 26 at 10 a.m. EDT. For details visit and

For Cake fans, the only place to be on New Year’s Eve is San Jose, Calif. The alternative rock band from nearby Sacramento is spending Dec. 31 at the City National Civic.

Cake has 20 years of music to its name, including its latest album, 2011’s Showroom of Compassion. The LP, which debuted at No. 1 on the Nielsen SoundScan albums chart, marks the band’s sixth full-length.

The act will be joined New Year’s Eve by special guest Nellie McKay.

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"Bringing Human Rights Home Concert," Barclays Center, Brooklyn, N.Y.

Tickets go on sale Sept. 19 at 10 a.m. PDT.

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