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The Final Countdown. Rusko rings it in. ALL PHOTOS: Adam Hawes

Forget the cheap champagne toasts and hideous sweaters—New Years Eve was made to set shit off. The TAO (Together As One) Festival touched the sky well before midnight on the 31st, stealing the LA Coliseum from the jocks and bringing the party back to the people for one adventure of a night. The lineup rolled deep, with the likes of international hip-hop, dubstep, and remix DJs Rusko, NERO, Afrojack, Diplo, Major Lazer, Pendulum, Laidback Luke, and many more, the venue held on for dear life, and the energy within the piled scene kept all vibing long into the first morning of 2011.

50,000 (yes, 50,000) kids just can’t be wrong. Check the photos, head over to the TAO website for info on next year’s event, and check out promoters Insomniac for more of what’s going down in 2011.

Happy New Year!

~Adam