New Year’s Eve: parties are live!

For the first time in years, New Year’s Eve parties are back in full swing. Despite a possible equipment shortage and a tripledemic.

Tonight D.J.s Will Party Like It’s 2019

Rashad Hayes
Rashad Hayes

Rashad Hayes, a Brooklyn-based D.J. who takes pride in spinning “every genre,” has accepted 12 job offers since October. Which is thrice the number of offers he received for New Year’s Eve in 2019. As a result, he did what any other enterprising musician who has survived two years of Covid slowdowns and cancellations (and is willing to work on New Year’s Eve) might do: He jammed three sets into three distinct Manhattan locations.

“I would say if you’re not on New Year’s Eve in New York City, you probably need to get another profession if you’re a D.J.,” Mr. Hayes said. “There’s so many parties.”

The largest event on some planners’ calendars may be Halloween or Pride Month, but there’s no denying that New Year’s Eve is a huge moneymaker for everyone involved. Club and lounge admission costs are frequently hiked up by at least $100.

The Bronx native Martin Muiz Jr., better known by his stage as Marty Rock, secured a performance in Saratoga Springs, 200 miles north of New York City, four months ago. This was the earliest he had ever been scheduled for New Year’s Eve.

Martin Muñiz Jr at a new year party
Martin Muñiz Jr at a new year party

According to Ms. Back of 4AM, there is space New Yorkers who are not yet ready and those who want to take the chance during this holiday season.

“I think other people have completely moved on and they’re doubling down and saying, ‘People want to party, people want to go out, we are going to invest in making New Year’s amazing and really promote it and sell our venue out,’” she said. “I think for others, they maybe fall into more of that casual category, and there’s a little bit more uncertainty there. They might be taking a wait-and-see approach to see how this goes.”

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