17 Dec 2020
by bronwyn-hope | Festivals
It’s about that time 2020 sees itself out. It wouldn’t be an overstep if we said that the majority of the population will be happy to see this past year come to a close. Between a global pandemic, killer bees, massive human rights violations, and an election that provoked clinical anxiety in almost everyone, 2020 has overstayed its welcome...and then some.
The year started with promise like any other year, full of resolutions and events to look forward to. As the days went by, we saw our social calendars getting a little less full and our crafting (and drinking) skills a little more honed. It only seems fair to send 2020 into the ether with one final shebang.
Although a majority of North American venues are still closed and people are still practicing self-isolation, if we’ve learned anything from 2020, it's that we don’t need to physically be together to get together for a good time. From drive-in performances, pod concerts, and a never ending stream of livestreams, we’ve found a way to connect through music.
If you’re ready to kiss/kick this past year goodbye/riddance, check out this list of New Year’s Eve events happening this December 31st!
Hosted by Focus Entertainment VR on Twitch, Envision will be the livestream to ring in the new year. For almost 24 hours, 24 artists and DJs will perform, rotating every hour. Commencing at 8:30pm GMT (UK time), the doors will open with The Mu from Chicago. Other artists slated to perform include Screwwella, M4TYYYYY, MUZZ, and Miss Stabby.
Tune in here!
Rave to the Moon is a completely free livestream NYE dance party for the whole family. From 8pm GMT to 1am, you can rave from the comfort of your host to a roster of music from international DJs. Rave to the Moon is also an interactive charity hosting a rave-a-thon, with the goal of compiling 500 million steps (roughly the distance from Earth to the Moon). Throughout the evening, prizes will be given out for the highest step counts and craziest dance moves. Presented by beatboxer and producer SK Shlomo, featured artists include Felix Buxton (a.k.a. Basement Jaxx), Arielle Free, and Beardyman. Let Rave to the Moon be your last good deed of 2020.
In San Bernardo, California, the Insomniac presented Park N’ Rave will continue its drive-in concert series on New Year’s Eve. At the NOS Event Center, deadmau5 with No Mana and Speaker Honey will take to the decks for a rager you can enjoy from the safety of your car. Unfortunately, the 31st and 1st are already sold out, but they have just added a new date on the 3rd! Parking spots are first come first serve, so best bet it to show up early.
Snag your spot here!
Tomorrowland, one of Europe’s most outlandish and spectacular festivals, is going virtual for New Year’s Eve. With IRL production and stages that transport you to another world, we can only fathom what they will be able to create digitally. With a lineup that can’t be beat, featuring Armin van Buuren, Charlotte de Witte, Camelphat, Diplo, Martin Garrix, and so many more unreal artists, at 8pm on December 31st (yes, they are adapting to every timezone in the world), you’ll enter the digital entertainment venue NOAZ for a festival you won’t forget. In NOAZ, you’ll find 4 different stages: Melodia, Atmosphere, Planaxis and Pulse that will recreate some of past Tomorrowland’s most iconic themes. Expect 25 different international acts, 4 stages, and a countdown.
Don’t miss out on the party by reserving your ticket here!
Beatport and Absolut is taking us around the world with their 2020 New Year’s Eve Global Celebration. Streaming on YouTube, Twitch, and Facebook Live, the party will start just before midnight in Melbourne. First up on the decks is legendary Carl Cox. From there, the party will travel through 15 different time zones with each DJ ringing in the New Year from their location. You’ll countdown with RayRay in Shanghai, Honey Dijon in Berlin, Nicole Moudaber in Barbados, and TOKiMONSTA in San Francisco and 10 other DJs across the globe before heading back to Carl Cox in Melbourne.
Dance the year away here!
2020 has been a crazy year. It’s time to shake it off and ring in the new year with killer beats. Stay safe out there. Happy New Year!