Goodbye 2020, close the door on your way out…
The crossover into the New Year will be much less screaming the lyrics of Auld Lang Syne in the middle of a horrendously packed pub or waiting for fireworks over the Thames as you slowly freeze to death, and way more cozying up at home with a cuppa (or glass of wine, let’s be honest). With London still under Tier 4 restrictions and the iconic fireworks display cancelled, NYE is going to be very different this year, however we still have high hopes that it’ll be a night to remember – depending on how much wine you consume, of course. Thanks to these epic New Year’s Eve virtual events, it looks like we’ll still get the New Year’s celebration we all truly deserve. I’ll drink to that!
BBC One will be replacing coverage of the midnight fireworks display with a live TV show featuring ‘defining moments of the year.’ Uplifting moments from 2020 speculated to make an appearance in the show are Captain Sir Tom Moore’s mammoth effort to raise £33 million for the NHS, the Black Lives Matter protests this summer and the weekly clap for the NHS and key workers. The programme may even include footage of New Year’s Eve fireworks displays from previous years. Simply tune into BBC One tomorrow evening for the show of the year! Read all about it here.
BuckerRace is bringing the party straight to us this year with their iconic virtual New Year’s Eve experience. You’ll get to enjoy 45 minutes worth of fun and games including quizzes, challenges, and of course, charades, before belting out Auld Lang Syne at the crossover. The fun doesn’t stop there. The incredible selection of immersive activities will be followed by an hours worth of song requests to serenade you into the New Year – and all for a tenner. Book your tickets here!
3. Haçienda NYE 24-Hour House Party
The Haçienda, one of Manchester’s most iconic music venues, is hosting an all-day New Year’s Eve party through United We Stream tomorrow. It will be hosted by an array of music legends including former Joy Division and New Order band member, Peter Hook. The party will run for a whole 24 hours, allowing people to dip in and out as they wish and provide the ultimate soundtrack to ringing in the New Year. It’s true what they say, Manc’s really do know how to party, and it’s for a great cause. The event has been created in order to raise donations for the Mayor’s charity, OneGM, and all funds will go towards those affected by the pandemic in Greater Manchester.
4. Tomorrowland Virtual NYE Festival
Head to the world’s biggest dance music festival via your laptop tomorrow evening. Tomorrowland is going above and beyond for New Year’s Eve 2020 streaming performances from over 25 artists across four digital stages. David Guetta, Major Lazer, Meduza and Martin Garrix will be taking center stage at this virtual party among many other chart-topping musicians. You can rest assured that before the clock strikes twelve, there will be a countdown, fireworks and one hell of a party. A ticket to this festival which will set you back €20, but it’ll be worth every penny. Find out more here.
5. Edinburgh’s Virtual Hogmanay
For the first time in history, Edinburgh’s internationally renowned Hogmanay is going to be an entirely virtual celebration! With no live events taking place, this year’s Hogmanay will feature a series of spectacular performances and multisensory creativity that can be enjoyed at home and for free, we might add. And there’ll be some familiar faces hosting the show including everyone’s favourite Scotsman, David Tennant and the legendary poet, Jackie Kay. The final broadcast will include the UK’s largest swarm drone show in the which will deliver a message of love and hope for the New Year – how exciting! See the full line-up here.
6. The NYE Times Square Ball Drop
Always wanted to spend New Year’s in New York? Well here’s your chance. Tomorrow evening the infamous square will be livestreaming extraordinary performances and jaw-dropping fireworks into the early hours of the morning. You can tune into the NYE stream from the Big Apple at 11pm tomorrow night and enjoy the extravaganza from comfort of your own home. Why not ring in the New Year, New York style?
7. Virtual NYE Concert Live From Notre-Dame
Tier 4 restrictions may prohibit us from travelling right now but thanks to this virtual experience, we can spend the crossover in the City of Love. According to the website, this ‘open-to-all, free concert whose ambition, beyond celebrating the New Year in a futuristic and festive way, is to send a message of hope for 2021.’ World-famous composer, Jean Michel Jarre, will be performing live from the beautiful Notre-Dame in Paris as we enter 2021. Pardon my French but oh mon Dieu! You’ll be able to watch the live stream tomorrow evening here.