San Diego Proper NYE 2023


NYE 2023 offered a lot of different options …

…like Insomniac’s Countdown but my closest friends wanted to do something different from our norm and decided to experience CRSSD Proper NYE 2023 in San Diego.  I am a bass trap head fanatic, and spending time listening to house and techno is not my first option but I was open minded enough to experience my CRSSD festival experience.

Petco Park may be the home of the San Diego Padres, but for New Year’s Eve and Day, it transformed into a magical vessel that consisted a line up for Duke Dumont, Tchami, Chris Lorenzo, Zhu, Camelphat, Maceo Plex and many more.  And to be quite honest, I was not familiar with the whole line up because like I mentioned earlier, I am bass head.

This was my first time ever partying at an outdoor sports venue and it took some time to familiarize myself with the different stages.  The main stage called the Field was immense overwhelming this event, but if you had the courage to venture out and explore the venue, there were three other dance areas – Terrace, Wall and Lot, which offers an eclectic and range of various techno and house music.


Notable artists I had to watch were Tchami, Duke Dumont and Zhu for the countdown, and for day-2 I had to watch Boris Brejcha for the first time because I have heard a lot of hype about him, and though I love bass music, I appreciated the vibe he created with a minimal tech house set.

There were a lot to be seen and though it was confusing to walk the festival ground, each of the dance area did not feel overwhelmingly crowded.  For a festival especially for New Years, it was expected it was going to put a dent in your pocket and after a few drinks, it was important to walk up and down the bleachers safely.

Like all party, there was no way this party did not go down without a hitch with people needing medical help and the usual drunkenness for an event of this magnitude, but overall, the vibe was pretty chill as we came down from Northern California and I would consider returning back if future line up is appealing.

-John Thao