Rome’s Best Concerts, Parties & Clubs For An Unforgettable New Year’s Eve

Rome’s Best Concerts, Parties & Clubs For An Unforgettable New Year’s Eve

2011 has been a tough year in most of the Western world, in particular for Southern European countries. On the other shore of the Mediterranean, however, new hopes are rising high and there is some reason to rejoyce.

Well, let’s stop these meditations, we don’t want to annoy you! We only want to give you useful news to help you bid farewell to 2011. Will 2012 be better than the departing year? Yes, no doubt. So, let’s see how to begin the new year in joy and feast in the Eternal City. What place better than Rome to make a new start?

New Year’s Eve on the backdrop of the Colosseum has become the traditional open-air celebration in Rome. This year’s free concert will be held by the Italian pop band Negramaro. Bear in mind that last year the concert was attended by about 100,000 people. From 11 pm at Via dei Fori Imperiali.   

If you’re after some more quiet and less crowded public gathering, in the Quirinale square there will be the traditional classical music concert attended by the Italian Head of State Giorgio Napolitano.

If you don’t feel like challenging Rome’s winter and prefer indoor happenings, here are some tips.

An all jazz night (with dinner) will take place at Rome’s top jazz club Alexanderplatz with swing, Dixieland and New Orleans style vibes.

The other major jazz club of Rome, the cozy Cotton Club, proposes a concert (with dinner) by the Place d’Italie band with the best jazz songs of the “Dance Music” years and of the Italian swing.

Blues music will entertain the audience in BigMama, with music by the Neapolitan band Blue Stuff.

Let’s now give a look to Rome’s danceclubs.

Ke Nako hosts an Oriental Night Fever concert with DJ set by Ominostanco.

Atlantico Live features an impressive line-up: Magda, Ben Clock, Paul Ritch’s live set and DJ Red accompanied by theatre and visual art performances by DDG Magda.

Rock lovers should head for Blackout Rock Club. The party starts at 9:30 with a standing buffet, followed by spumante and a great rock ball. Two dancing floors with rock, punk, indie, metal, dark, wave, alternative and ebm.

Rock Invasion is the name of the night organized by the club Traffic. Live show by Surgery followed by punk, metal, nu metal, dark, goth dj set.From 9:30pm.

Jailbreak has probably the funniest party in town with cartoons soundtracks, masks and colours.

A Latin American dance night will unfold at Arriba Arriba with Cha, Cha, Cha, Bachata, Salsa, Boleros and Merengue.

If you like the anticonventional, then you can’t miss the Anti-capodanno (New Year’s Eve in Italian) by Rashomon Club & Saponeria club, which are in the same raod, Via degli Argonauti from 11:30pm until 7 am with Onur Özer, Leon, Mass Prod and many DJs local.

Akab has a music menu of hip hop, afro, reggaeton, house and commercial on three floors from 10:30pm.

At Circolo degli Artisti you can shake your body with rock, alternative, brand new, ska, new wave, art rock and punk funk music by Fabio Luzietti, Skalibur, Lino & Nicola and Supermarket.

Underground techno and elettroreggae will sound at Villaggio Globale from 11pm.

A 50-year long revival will please your ears at Circolo degli Illuminati. Standing buffet and open bar from 9:30pm.

Boeme disco club (ex Alien) presents a cabaret show and a live burlesque performance after a standing buffet. From 9pm

Init club will feature some of Rome’s most famous DJs resident for its techno, electro, disco and bass vibes.

For late comers, from 3am 7cl proposes Ephedrina showcase with electro, d’n’b and dubstep music. (another selection of Rome’s top dance clubs is available here)

Kids will enjoy one of the eight different circus shows on offer in Rome on the night of December 31: Magnifico Aquatico, Medrano, Golden Circus, Zoppis, Apollo, Orfei, Rony Roller or Boreal.

The underground will work until 2:30am.

You can best see fireworks in downtown or from panoramic points such as Gianicolo and Monte Mario.