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Coldplay, Drake, Justice among New Year's headliners

The world gears up for New Year's celebrations, with Coldplay, Drake, and Justice set to ring in the New Year with live shows.

music Updated: Dec 26, 2011 19:24 IST

The world gears up for New Year's celebrations, with Coldplay, Drake, and Justice set to ring in the New Year with live shows.

New Year's Celebrations
December 31

On New Year’s Eve, Coldplay will perform in Abu Dhabi, Phish returns to NYC's Madison Square Garden, Drake plays Las Vegas, while Justice kicks off their world tour in Sydney on New Year’s Day. An annual performance by the Vienna Philharmonic is broadcast in more than 50 countries, and Japan's Red and White Song Festival, a 50-year-old tradition featuring competing teams of celebrity singers, airs internationally on NHK and select cable channels. From New York, Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest airs on ABC-TV featuring Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga. To stay informed of concerts, keep an eye on artists' websites or on ticketing sites like and

Justice World Tour
January 1 - April 26
Australia, Asia, Europe, North America

Grammy winning French electronic duo Justice -- Gaspard Augé and Xavier de Rosnay -- are set to launch the tour in support of Audio, Video, Disco on New Year's Day with a performance in Sydney. After three more dates in Australia, they will head to Japan on January 10 for shows in Osaka and Tokyo. Justice will then tour France and the UK -- including stops in Paris, Toulouse, London, and Manchester -- before heading to North America on March 16 for a string of shows including stops in New York City, Las Vegas, and Vancouver.

M83 World Tour
January 1 - May 19
North America, Australia, Europe

French electro artist M83, aka Anthony Gonzalez, is set to tour his hit album Hurry Up, We're Dreaming with a tour across the globe, including two sold-out gigs at Los Angeles' Club Nokia in January, with stops in the UK, Australia, and throughout Europe, including sets in Paris, Milan, Lille, and Lausanne. On April 22, he heads to San Francisco, followed by 21 shows in the US before wrapping up in May 19 in Dallas.

Foster the People World Tour
January 11 - July 7
Asia, Europe, the Americas

Breakout Los Angeles indie band Foster the People its kicking off its 2012 world tour in support of hit album Torches in Jarkata on January 11. The tour includes a string of dates in Asia, followed by dates in Australia (including a headlining run at the Big Day Out festival), the UK and Europe, and performances at Lollapalooza events in Brazil and Chile. The band has also scheduled a massive North American summer tour of 23 dates, including a pair of shows in New York City on May 29 and 30. Along the way, they will share bills with The Kooks, Tokyo Police Club, and Mayer Hawthorne and The County. The trio's "Pumped Up Kicks" reached number one in alternative album charts in the US and Canada.

26th SXSW
offers reduced registration
Through January 13

This Austin, Texas extravaganza combines music, film, and interactive technologies at a conference and trade show. Event runs March 9-18 (music portion March 13-18). By night the festival features 2,000 bands from around the world performing at venues across the city and anticipated film premieres. By day, workshops and panel discussions cover the business of music from publicity to recording. A must-do event for nonstop entertainment and information with industry players, fans, and artists. To attend the conference: through January 13 badges range from $500 to $750 for single events (music, film, or interactive). Gold and platinum badges, priced at $950 and $1,195, allow entry into multiple events. Prices increase after January 13.

20th Big Day Out Festival
January 20 - Febuary 5
various cities in Australia and New Zealand

Founded in 1992 in Sydney, Big Day Out expects to draw 250,000 people and features multiple stages with rock, electronic music, international, and local acts performing. Acts performing at the event in January include Soundgarden, Kasabian, My Chemical Romance, and Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, and for select shows Kanye West. The show opens in Auckland on January 20, then travels to Gold Coast (January 22), Sydney (January 26), Melbourne (January 29), Adelaide (February 3), and Perth (February 5). Tickets for the event are on sale now and range from AUS $160 to AUS $165 (€120-124). Big Day Out also features a series of additional concerts by some of the festival's acts in cities throughout the region.

Red Hot Chili Peppers World Tour
January 20 - September 10
North America, Europe, Middle East

American rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers is launching a massive tour in support of tenth studio album I'm With You. After a slew of European shows in December, the band heads to Sunrise, Florida, on January 20 to launch the North American leg of the tour, which wraps up March 16 in Little Rock, Arkansas. On June 23 the band heads to Stevenage Herts, UK, followed by stops in Paris, Berne, Moscow, Warsaw, Sofia, among others. The tour wraps up in Tel Aviv on September 10.

First Published: Dec 26, 2011 19:21 IST