Hand-Picked Livestreams For Celebrating New Year’s Eve (Dec. 30 – Jan. 3)
Dec 30, 2020
5 min read
This year has proven to be challenging for all, including music venues that were hit hard by the global COVID-19 crisis. We hope for a brighter 2021 as we celebrate the end of this tumultuous year.
To ring in the new year, we’ve rounded up our top picks for livestreams, Dec. 30 to Jan. 3. Surf through our list that features music for all palates in dance music, along with ways to support venues during this taxing time.
Be sure to also check out our list of our favorite recently streamed sets, and don’t forget to sign up to join our network.
Cheers to 2021!
Wednesday to Friday, Dec. 30 – Jan. 1
Enter the magical world of ABRACADABRA with a three-day 24/7 festival and fundraiser. The event, created by BLOND:ISH, boasts more than 50 hours of nonstop music and self-love activities. Jam to performances by John Legend, Kaskade, Major Lazer Soundsystem, BLOND:ISH, Shiba San, Mary Droppinz and more. Four hours of each day feature self-love practices, such as mental health workshops, astrology forecasts, yoga, psychedelic breathwork and conscious cooking. The festival, hosted by Hannah Rad, benefits #SaveOurStages, the Emergency Relief Fund by the National Independent Venue Association (NIVA) that aims to help independent live event venues and promoters hurt by the pandemic.
Wednesday – 5:30 pm ET / 2:30 pm PT
Thursday – 11 am ET / 8 am PT
Friday – 11 am ET / 8 am PT
Wednesday & Thursday, Dec. 30 and 31
Relive the best 2020 Rave-A-Thons moments with Insomniac’s Virtual Flashback. The four day event—which began Monday, Dec. 28—features a different Rave-A-Thon festival each day. Tune in to rewatch sets from Anabel Englund, ZHU, i_o, Subtronics, Dash Berlin, SAYMYNAME and more.
Time: 4 pm ET / 1 pm PT
Thursday, Dec. 31
Ring in 2021 with performances from around the world. Beatport and Absolut present more than 20 hours of music from 15 time zones, with each performer building towards midnight in their own timezone. Catch performances by Carl Cox, Honey Dijon, Patrick Topping, TOKiMONSTA, Jamie Jones and more.
Time: 7 am ET / 4 am PT
Enter Defected Virtual Festival’s digital house party on New Year’s Eve. The third installment of We Dance As One boasts broadcasts by Sonny Fodera, Gorgon City, Dom Dolla, Roger Sanchez, Inner City, Sam Divine, Low Steppa and Eats Everything.
Time: 12 pm ET / 9 am PT
The mysteriously-masked Claptone headlines elrow Show’s New Year’s Eve extravaganza. The digital show, powered by Desperados, features epic back-to-back sets by elrow residents: Marc Maya b2b Bastian Bux and Tini Gessler b2 Toni Varga. The show begins at the Rowlympic Games amphitheatre and later broadcasts from the Red Square in Moscow, Constitution Square in Bucharest, Puerta del Sol in Madrid, London's Waterloo and the beach in Green Cape.
Time: 3 pm ET / 12 pm PT
Enter the Notre-Dame de Paris with French composer and electronic music pioneer Jean-Michel Jarre. The producer, in partnership with the City of Paris and under the patronage of UNESCO, has teamed with French VR startup VRrOOm to take viewers into the digital world of the historic cathedral. The 45-minute concert features Jarre’s avatar performing tracks from his recent GRAMMY-nominated opus Electronica, as well as reworked classics from Oxygène and Equinoxe.
Time: 5:25 pm ET / 2:25 pm PT
Ghent’s Kompass Klub commemorates the close of their current location with a New Year’s Eve broadcast. Groove to pulsing techno with Amelie Lens, Farrago and Corvus Ex in the last dance at the club before it moves to a new location.
Time: 5 pm ET / 2 pm PT
Celebrate the end of 2020 with Tomorrowland. The world-renowned Belgian festival brings more than 25 artists to perform across four virtual stages. Tune in for sets by Armin Van Buuren, Charlotte de Witte, Boys Noize, Snoop Dogg aka DJ Snoopadelic, Camelphat, Tchami and more. Tickets range from $24.57 to $61.42.
Time: 8 pm local time (worldwide)
Thursday & Friday, Dec. 31 and Jan. 1
Wakeup Electronic Parties presents Wake Up In 2021 with Criterio, Code, Mindshake and Polegroup. Catch Paco Osuna, Fer Br, Rafa Barrios, Fatima Hajii, Cristian Varela, Manu Gonzalez, Viviana Casanova and more spinning. Tickets range from $9.80 to $23.27.
Time: 5:55 pm ET / 2:55 pm PT
Friday, Jan. 1
Don’t miss acclaimed producer DESTRUCTO broadcasting his renowned Sunrise Sermon set during the first sunrise of 2021.
Time: 8 am ET / 5 am PT
Dance Friday away with house sets from Benny Benassi, Gene Farris, Yotto, The Brothers Macklovitch (A-Track and Dave 1 of Chromeo), Mark Farina and more.
Time: 3 pm ET / 12 PM PT
Start 2021 with Tycho’s beautiful, nature-inspired melodies. The producer will broadcast from a wooded location in the rolling hills of Northern California. Tickets are $20.21.
Time: 10 am ET / 7 am PT
Friday & Saturday, Jan. 1 and 2
Seth Troxler, J. Worra, Gorgon City, Gene Farris, Lee Foss and more perform for Keep Us Dancing, a 24-hour virtual festival. The event, taking place Friday and Saturday, will fundrais for Chicago dance music venue Spybar. The event is free, but donations are welcomed. Be sure to RSVP.
Time: 3 pm ET / 12 pm PT
Rewatchable Virtual Sets
Dua Lipa: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert
Dua Lipa’s stunning vocals shine in this stripped-down set.
Emerald Live From DJ Mag HQ
Get down to underground bass-driven music with Emerald.
Ghastly for Beyond Wonderland Monterrey Virtual Rave-A-Thon
Ghastly delivers everything from skull-shattering drops to bass house and hip hop.
J. Worra for Beyond Wonderland Monterrey Virtual Rave-A-Thon
Jam out with J. Worra to bouncy and playful house music.
LSDREAM Presents: R.A.V.E CAVE (November 2020)
LSDREAM spins his signature experimental, futuristic bass beats alongside trippy visuals.
Sanitize Your Soul Starring Terry Hunter
Terry Hunter brings soulful Chicago house to the virtual space.
Tony from A&B: Deep Set 17 in Miami, Florida
Groove to hypnotic and euphoric melodies while taking in stunning views of Miami’s ocean.