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New Year’s Eve 2020 parties in London

The only partying happening this year will be in your house, thanks to Tier 4, but there are plenty of ace online events to join in with

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Time Out London editors

New Year’s Eve in London is going to be very different this year. While the city is usually brimming with parties, raves, and firework displays, this year, because of Tier 4 restrictions which will mean restaurants, bars, pubs, clubs, and other entertainment venues will have to close, the usual all-night antics and revelry will not be possible. 

That’s not to say that there are no celebrations to see off what has been a... unique year. While you might not be out clubbing or traipsing to yet another house party as 2021 dawns – no indoor household mixing is allowed in Tier 4 areas and Londoners can only meet one other person outside – there’s still plenty to be getting busy with on New Year’s Eve, including these online events. Alternatively, an early night means there’s more of a chance you’ll be up and ready to embrace New Year’s Day.

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The best online parties on New Year’s Eve 2020

If the prospect of 2021 feels daunting, spend New Year’s Eve pretending you’re back in the ’90s at Star Shaped’s bash. London’s very own Britpop party starters will be playing their classic mix of ’90s indie bangers. Think along the lines of Pulp, Elastica, Blur, Oasis, Menswe@r and Kenickie. Register on Mixlr for the live stream. 

The world’s biggest dance music festival, Tomorrowland, is pulling out all the stops for New Year’s Eve. Its virtual party will have performances from more than 25 artists across four stages inside a ‘digital environment’ designed by the fest’s creative team. Artbat and Meduza, David Guetta, Lost Frequencies, Major Lazer, Martin Garrix, DJ Snoopadelic, Duck Sauce, Tchami, Coone, Da Tweekaz, and D-Block & S-te-Fan are all on the bill. Plus, there’ll be a countdown to midnight with ‘fireworks’. It’s not cheap: a NYE Pass costs €20. But, if you’ve got a VR headset it’ll be the closest you’ll come to clubbing for a while. 


Manchester’s iconic venue The Haçienda is coming back in VR-form to host a 24-hour New Year’s Eve online party. Streamed via United We Stream GM, the party kicks off at 10am on Dec 31 with plenty of legendary DJs lined up like DJ Paulette, Danny Tenaglia, David Morales, Greg Wilson, Jon Dasilva, Todd Terry, Norman Jay and more.


If you missed out on Kylie Minogue’s last specially filmed 50-minute show, which was broadcast to people’s living rooms last month for a limited time, you’ll be pleased to hear it’s back for one night only. The special New Year’s Eve showing will be broadcast at 9pm so you can spend the last hours of 2020 dancing to tracks from Kylie’s latest album ‘Disco’ as well as classic tunes from her back catalogue. 

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