Looking for inspiration of how you can celebrate the New Year from home yet still dance all night with the world’s best musicians and DJ’s? Here’s a round-up of the best virtual events to kiss 2020 goodbye and welcome 2021…
New York Times Square Ball Drop
Unite with millions of others around the world to watch the countdown of the sparkling Ball Drop. The night will be streamed live around the world, providing full coverage of all the performances including headliner Gloria Gaynor who will (aptly) play ‘I will Survive’ at midnight. You can watch this iconic ritual on most television stations as well as livestream on your laptop or your phone.
Enjoy the Sydney Harbour fireworks
Sydney is famous for its fabulous New Year’s Sydney Harbour fireworks and this year’s event will still go ahead – online. Try not to miss this one as the fireworks are truly an incredible show – the setting over the iconic Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House providing a spectacular backdrop.
Notre-Dame Virtual Concert with Jean-Michel Jarre
Electronic Music pioneer and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, Jean-Michel Jarree will perform ‘Welcome to the other side’, a one-off exclusive and open-to-all event at France’s iconic cathedral.
The event is a message of hope for 2021 and will be streamed for free on social VR platform VRChat and can be accessed via your laptop or in virtual reality if you have VR headsets. Expect a futuristic and creative show of strobes and lasers by the master of synth! The 45-minute concert will comprise tracks from his recent Grammy-nominated opus Electronica, as well as new reworked versions of his classics, Oxygène and Equinoxe.
Snoop Dogg at Tomorrowland
Tomorrowland is a state of the art Belgian electronic dance music festival held each year that usually sells out in minutes. This year, attend virtually and immerse in the impressive DJ line-up that includes more than 25 of the world’s best artists including Major Lazer, Martin Garrix , DJ Snoopadelic (aka Snoop Dogg), David Guetta, Boys Noize, Charlotte de Witte, Maceo Plex and Netsky who will perform across four digital stages (Atmosphere, Melodia, Planaxis, Pulse).
New Year’s Eve International Virtual Global Gala
A once-in-a-lifetime event featuring incredible musicians from all over the world. The virtual music festival begins in Mexico with live musicians and dancers from Mexico City and journeys around the world.
From high-energy Bollywood music from India to Native Chinese Lion Dancers, African dance troupes, 1950’s Havana hot salsa, and Aborigine Dance and Didgeridoo from Australia, this is your chance to unite, dance and celebrate globally.
A Philharmonic Concert with Riccardo Muti
This year’s Vienna Philharmonic concert may be without a live audience but the good news is it will be broadcasted from the Golden Hall of the Musikverein in Vienna to over 90 countries around the world. This year’s concert will be led by Italian conductor, Riccardo Muti – the event will mark the fiftieth year of collaboration between the Maestro and the Wiener Philharmoniker orchestra.
Attend a 24 Hour Houseparty
For those of you who want to dance all-night long, then Manchester’s famous Hacienda is a 24-hour stay-at-home rave that will be streamed for free. The International DJ’s include Carl Craig, Danny Tenaglia, David Morales, Moby, DJ Paulette and Todd Terry plus one-off special performances. It’s free but any donations will go to Manchester’s struggling nightlife industries that were hardest hit this year.
Kiss 2020 Goodbye!
Heavy metal fans can attend the ‘Kiss 2020 Goodbye’, a virtual New Year’s Eve concert live by the band from the Atlantis hotel in Dubai. This year Gene Simmons and co will perform a show stopping gig on a 250-foot stage with spectacular pyrotechnics and fireworks – rumored to be their biggest and baddest virtual concert of 2020!