New Year's Eve virtual concert guide – Justin Bieber, Big Hit Labels, ARASHI, Tomorrowland, and more

New Year's Eve virtual concert guide – Justin Bieber, Big Hit Labels, ARASHI, Tomorrowland, and more

It's an end that calls for a celebration.

After enduring an extraordinary year largely (and unpleasantly) defined by the coronavirus, the moment we've all been waiting for is almost here. Fast approaching is New Year's Eve, and the new beginning that is 2021. While we're eager to embrace the bright stage lights, swarming crowds, and an endless night of partying again, some consequences from the past year linger... The hauntings from a year of lockdowns, social distancing, and concert cancellations.

Live concerts you can stream while on COVID-19 stay-home notice

But if 2020 has been any good to us music lovers, it's the fact that it taught us how to adapt, even through the most unprecedented times. For the first time, virtual shows rose to fame – whether it be from the bedroom, studio, or a grand concert hall – adopted by artists all over the world, all across the board. As 2020 comes to an end, we're going out the same way – and in some cases, with an even better view, a more power-packed lineup, and not without the mandatory fireworks.

Here's a list of New Year's Eve concerts to attend featuring the likes of Justin Bieber, BTS, GFRIEND, ARASHI, Martin Garrix, Ben&Ben, Yung Raja, and more with all the fun and safety you can have:


NYE Live With Justin Bieber

When: 1 January, 10:15AM (TH/ID Standard Time) or 11:15AM (PH/SG/MY Standard Time) / 31 December, 7:15PM (PST) or 10:15PM (EST) 

How to watch: Buy your tickets here

Tickets: US$25

You don't have to be 'Lonely' this New Year's Eve, even if you have no plans and are spending it alone. To ring in the new year, Justin Bieber is holding a concert, albeit a virtual one, inviting Beliebers 'All Around The World'! This partnership with T-Mobile marks his first show in three years, following his cancelled 2017 Purpose World Tour. Two reshowings will also be available for fans who missed it, or simply didn't get enough of the experience we haven't had in awhile.


Weverse New Year's Eve Live Concert

When: 31 December, 7:30PM (TH/ID Standard Time) or 8:30PM (PH/SG/MY Standard Time) / 4:30AM (PST) or 7:30AM (EST)

How to watch: Buy your tickets here

Tickets: From US$35.67

Fan community platform Weverse is hosting an exciting star-studded affair with artists under the Big Hit roster. Powered by Kiswe and streamed from the KINTEX Exhibition Center in Gyeonggi-do, South Korea, join BTS, GFRIEND, TXT, ENHYPEN, NU'EST, Lee Hyun, and Bumzu as they welcome 2021 with enthralling performances of their top songs, topped off with special stages featuring Halsey, Lauv, and Steve Aoki.

Fans can choose between multiple viewing options, and complete the experience with official merchandise including t-shirts, can badges, D.I.Y sweet boxes, posters, fun kits, and more. Check out our guide to the concert for more information.


Mediacorp: Let's Celebrate 2021

When: 31 December, 9:30PM (TH/ID Standard Time) or 10:30PM (PH/SG/MY Standard Time)

How to watch: Watch Let's Celebrate 2021 on meWATCH, Mediacorp Entertainment on YouTube, or Channel 5

Tickets: -

While we might not be able to be there in the flesh, this year's edition of the yearly countdown will see the same highly-anticipated music performances and firework displays, with an interactive and international twist! In addition to homegrown acts Gareth Fernandez, Hashy Yusof, JJ Neo, RRILEY, Shabir, ShiGGa Shay, Shye, Tabitha Nauser, and Yung Raja; viewers will also be treated to the first-ever performance of 'Better', with the virtual stage graced by the likes of Benee, Jason Derulo, Jeremy Zucker, Ronan Keating, and Tones and I


This is ARASHI Live

When: 31 December, 6PM (TH/ID Standard Time) or 7PM (PH/SG/MY Standard Time) / 3AM (PST) or 6AM (EST)

How to watch: Buy your tickets here

Tickets: US$56

Here's your chance to catch best-selling J-pop group ARASHI before they embark on their indefinite hiatus by end 2020. As part of their 21st-anniversary celebrations, ARASHI is hosting an online concert on New Year's Eve available for live-streaming globally. Besides revisiting lyrics to sing along, fans have been even encouraged to practise some of their dance moves for the show – so expect a real party to bid farewell to the year with!


BYE2020 

When: 31 December, 6PM (TH/ID Standard Time) or 7PM (PH/SG/MY Standard Time)

How to watch: Watch BYE2020 on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or Tiktok

Tickets: Sales for backstage content and exclusive merchandise have ended

There's no celebration without music, and one of the biggest virtual events this year is bidding 2020 farewell with some of the brightest music acts from the Philippines. Join Ben&Ben, Moira, SB19, The Itchyworms, Matthaios, and more as they welcome a better year, alongside 25 other artists on the lineup from home and abroad such as Maximillian, Peach Tree Rascals, and Tate Mcrae. While counting down to a new year, it's also a good time "for every Filipino to look back at all of the challenges we have faced, and enter 2021 a bit more hopeful", said event organisers. Stay tuned for top-notch performances, and to be a part of the collective call for a "way out of darkness through unity, hope, and music".


Tomorrowland 

When: 31 December, 8PM (local time, wherever you are)

How to watch: Buy your tickets here

Tickets: From US$24.38

2020 may have been a bad year, but it's brought to the forefront one of the most game-changing concepts in the live music scene. Following their successful launch of Tomorrowland: Around the World, the music festival giant is throwing a big and magical celebration for New Year's Eve featuring MEDUZA, Martin Garrix, David Guetta, Diplo, Sub Zero Project, and many more. Graciously adapted to all timezones around the world, this is the chance to connect with EDM fans in and out of your region – making for the perfect way to end your year with a bang.


KEEP ON FUJI ROCKIN' II - On The Road To Naeba 2021

When: 31 December, 12PM (TH/ID Standard Time) or 1PM (PH/SG/MY Standard Time) / 30 December, 9PM (PST) or 31 December, 12AM (EST)

How to watch: Buy your tickets here

Tickets: US$38.65

Prep yourself for the upcoming Fuji Rock Festival in 2021 with their New Year's Eve live event delivered online. Titled On The Road To Naeba, this virtual stop will last for over half a day, taking place from day to night. On the lineup are the likes of Ayano Kaneko, PUNPEE, CORNELIUS, Tempalay, THE ALEXX, among many others – and watch out for their special segment NAEBA SESSIONS, which features views familiar to Fuji Rock!


SMTOWN LIVE Culture Humanity

When: 1 January, 11AM (TH/ID Standard Time) or 12PM (PH/SG/MY Standard Time) / 31 December 2020, 8PM (PST) or 11PM (EST)

How to watch: VLive, Beyond Live, YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, TikTok, KNTV (JP)

Tickets: Free

Here's one that won't clash with the rest of your NYE plans. Gathering some of their top artists including the likes of aespa, EXO's Baekhyun and Kai, NCT Dream, NCT 127, NCT U, WayV, Girls' Generation's Taeyeon, Red Velvet, SHINee's Taemin, TVXQ, Super Junior, SuperM, and H.O.T.'s Kangta, SM Entertainment is firing off an online concert on the first afternoon of 2021 for an extended celebration of the new year. These acts will perform alongside DJ sets by Raiden, GINJO, and IMLAY.


Hello 2021: YouTube NYE Big Night In

When: 31 December 2020 (Americas: 8 PM EST, UK: 10:30 PM GMT, South Korea: 11 PM KST, Japan: 11:45 PM JST; India: 11 PM IST.

How to watch: YouTube 

Tickets: Free

YouTube is having a global virtual countdown on 31 December. The massive NYE celebration will be divided into five livestreams - the Americas, UK, India, South Korea, and Japan. The lineups will vary across the different regions and include performances by the likes of Dua Lipa, J Balvin, Demi Lovato, Anne-Marie, Balming Tiger, Aastha Gill, and more. 


RE/SET 2021

When: 31 December, 11:00 PM PHT

How to watch: TV5

Tickets: Free

Kick off the new year with performances by Filipino acts Bamboo, The Itchyworms, Unique Salonga, Kiana Valenciano, She's Only Sixteen, DJ Ace Ramos, and MC Pao Avila. The countdown to 2021 will be broadcasted on TV5. 


ABRACADABRA NEW YEARS 2021

When: 30 December - 1 January (24 hours)

How to watch: RSVP here

Tickets: Free

Returning on Twitch, ABRACADABRA is ushering in the brand new year with a 24-hour, 3 day live-stream of non-stop music and self-love. With headliners including the likes of John Legend, Kaskade, Major Lazer, Aloe Blacc, BLOND:ISH – amounting up to 50 artists – the global virtual festival will also include mental health workshops, wellness activities, astrology forecasts, and more, making sure sure nobody leaves without a good experience.

Partnering with Fandiem, viewers can also stand a chance to win virtual and IRL experiences and prizes from their favorite artists and festivals via voluntary donations, which will go into "preserving and nurturing the ecosystem of independent live event venues and promoters during the COVID-19 pandemic".