Why San Francisco's Fresh Start Festival Is Where You Should Kick Off Your New Year - River Beats Dance

Why San Francisco’s Fresh Start Festival Is Where You Should Kick Off Your New Year

Fresh Start The Midway San Francisco

Fresh Start Music Festival returns to Midway for their annual New Year celebration filled with 3 days of music at indoor and outdoor stages. Kick off the new year with a “fresh start” and sets from Gorgon City, Lane 8, Elderbrook, Shiba San, ford., and more, plus plenty of extra entertainment including stage takeovers, food trucks, and art installations.


The Lineup

The lineup is a house music lover’s dream. Though the New Year’s Eve headliner has yet to be announced, compared to the other two for Friday & Sunday, it’s definitely going to be a great pick. With a variety of well known and up-and-coming artists in electronic music, Fresh Start has a little something for everyone to groove to.

Daily lineups have been released and can be viewed on their website here. Friday’s performances sees sets from Gorgon City, Chris Lorenzo, Kyle Watson, Shiba San, Justin Jay, VNSSA and others. Saturday’s headliner remains a question, but there’s plenty of excitement in store with John Summit, Mindchatter, and more. Closing out the festival: never miss a Sunday Set with Lane 8! Plus Elderbrook, Shallou, Eli & Fur. Check out the full lineup below.

Some of River Beats’ faves: Elderbrook, John Summit, Shiba San, J. Worra, and Blurr.

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The Venue

The Midway in San Francisco is located in the Bayview neighborhood. Hosting a wide range of musical acts – Bonobo, Madeon and more – The Midway boasts an “urban canvas of innovation” where you are invited to be inspired by the surroundings and exhibitions ranging from music to art and food.

Their team “strives to provide an immersive, provocative experience for each guest.” By the high reviews and raving comments from fans, we totally get it. The outdoor space is spacious, but there’s no “bad seat” in the house with 4 indoor and outdoor stages for the festival!

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The Fun

Food trucks, art galleries, and the Heavy Petty Zoo art car (pictured below) are just a few of the fun things to add to your weekend experience.

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The stage takeovers

On one of 3 stages, plus the Heavy Petting Zoo art car, witness curated stages from some of your favorite crews in electronic music including Space Yacht, All Day All Night, G Code, and Opel Productions.


Cheers to starting the New Year with a “fresh start!”


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