Virtual concerts for New Years Eve

This year, the transition to the year 2021 will be done differently following the curfew. The end-of-year shows will be shown online or televised.

No fireworks or 3D video show on the Arc de Triomphe in Paris for New Year’s Eve and even fewer gatherings on the Champs-Elysées. In order to enforce the curfew, nearly 100,000 police and gendarmes will be deployed in the capital to fight against wild gatherings and parties. The sale of fuel and alcohol is prohibited.

Jean-Michel Jarre’s virtual concert inside Notre-Dame

This year, the City of Paris is offering a large free concert inside Notre-Dame. This 100% virtual show, “Welcome to the otherside”, is produced by Jean-Michel Jarre. The concert can be viewed in 2D on computer, tablet and smartphone. We will find him online, Thursday evening live between 11:25 pm and 12:15 am on and the @Paris Facebook account. You can also join social networks. For the VRchat social VR platform, you must have a VR headset. On the radio, France Inter will broadcast the show; on television, the BFM TV and BFM Paris channels will broadcast it.

Show program

Jean-Michel Jarre will perform live from a Parisian studio, his avatar will play inside the virtually reconstructed cathedral.

A program with songs specially re-orchestrated for the occasion, taken from his last opus “Electronica” (nominated for the Grammy Awards) but also new remixed versions of “Oxygène” and “Equinoxe”. Other big names collaborate in this event: Jeff Mills, Rone, BoysNoize, Armin van Buuren or Massive Attack.

It should be noted that this concert is virtual due to the health context. No gathering around the cathedral is planned or authorized.

Who is Jean-Michel Jarre?

Son of composer and director Maurice Jarre, Jean-Michel Jarre is a composer, performer, producer, visionary, innovator. He is known as the “godfather of electronic music”. Very young, he studied music and piano from the age of 8. He then became interested in jazz by meeting big names like Archie Shepp, Don Cherry and Chet Baker. After training in harmony and counterpoint, he became a student of musicologist Pierre Schaeffer. He then began to compose his own music, linking music and high technology.

His techniques used and his concerts

His first album “Oxygène” was released in 1976 and revolutionized electronic music. He then explores new trends by exploiting new instruments: synthesizers, modular and polyphonic drum machines, digital keyboards, plug-ins and applications. He popularized the laser harp.

1981/1982: Series of 5 concerts in China.

1986: The Houston skyline serves as his projection surface for the very first large-scale laser mapping performance, at an outdoor concert.

1997: He sets up a live video connection with MIR astronauts in space during his epic show in Moscow.

2000: The transition to the new year was the opportunity to perform the Millennium Concert at the foot of the pyramids of Giza in Egypt. Dedicated to Egyptian culture, it commemorated the 7th millennium of Egyptian civilization. It was also the first concert broadcast on the internet with nearly 2 billion spectators via satellites.

2004: He is the first to release an entire album in 5.1. Sound (five-way audio system, intended to reproduce six sound channels).

2007: He is the first artist to use 3D audio technology for music.

Its role on the environment

Nature and technology have always sensitized the composer, he is moreover a world-renowned expert.

He received the Stephen Hawking Medal for Science Communication, collaborated with Edward Snowden, tested artificial intelligence for musical compositions.

UNESCO appointed him in 1993 as Goodwill Ambassador for the Environment and Education. He was then elected in 2013, president of the Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC) in Washington.

Other events planned for New Year’s Eve

The Château d’Auvers-sur-Oise offers an electronic music DJ set, to be followed from the Facebook and YouTube accounts. From 9 p.m. to 10 p.m., the artist Coastertube will mix at the foot of the castle, in front of the French gardens, accompanied by a light show.

The Palace of Versailles will celebrate New Year’s Eve with a concert bringing together Gautier Capuçon, Florent Pagny, Bénabar, Mika or Gims … A ten-minute fireworks display will follow, fired in the gardens of the castle for the passage to the new year. All broadcast on France 2.

Other shows in the world

International concerts to spend the New Year “while staying at home:

  • Major Lazer, Snoop Dogg at the Belgian Electro Festival Tomorrowland.

-From 11:45 p.m., David Guetta offers an electro concert in front of the Louvre and its pyramid, “United at home”, to be followed live streaming. Since midnight, we can follow this unprecedented show (recorded without an audience) on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, Twitch, VK, Insight TV and Triller, then TF1 from 1:20 am. A virtual and global event, the show is organized to support Unicef ​​and the Restos du Cœur by counting on donations from Internet users. You can also make a donation to the Louvre to support the museum, which is closed for six months due to sanitary measures. In addition, David Guetta wishes to bring his support to the world of culture, to clubs, to festivals which are going through a difficult period. He also calls for support for the Radio FG Endowment Fund, which helps disadvantaged DJs. To donate, click on the link, in partnership with PS5 and Xiaomi.

  • Kiss at the Atlantis in Dubai, in concert for a fee.

-Justin Bieber. The New Years livestream will begin on December 31 at 10:15 p.m. Bieber’s performance will begin at 11:00 p.m. Access to watch the concert will be available until January 1 at 3 p.m.

-The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. The 2021 edition will take place despite the coronavirus. It will be held in the Golden Hall of the Musikverein. Famous in the world, the broadcast in 90 countries will attract millions of spectators.

An unusual New Year’s Eve near the Eiffel Tower

The Pullman Tour Eiffel hotel is organizing a Silent Balcony Party with a DJ Set. Guests can follow the event from their balcony after a room service dinner. A DJ will perform the night away in front of the hotel.

Opéra à la carte on the internet

The Paris Opera offers great classics from its repertoire for hire, such as “La Traviata”, “Carmen” or “The Barber of Seville”. Elsewhere in the world, the Metropolitan of New York, the Theatro Mayor of Bogota in its digital theater, or the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra also broadcast their shows and concerts.

The stars of the 80s streaming

The stars of the 80s will meet you on Thursday, December 31, 2020 from 9 p.m., for 2 hours. Many artists, singers and musicians will perform during the “Totally 80” concert in live streaming, live from studio 94.

Totally 80, they are Lio, Jean-Luc Lahaye, Caroline Loeb, Jean Schulteis, Sabine Paturel, Ottawan, Sacha from Early Evening, Alain Llorca from Gold, Ivanov, Corinne Hermès, Richard Sanderson and Christian from Raft.

After the concert, a live DJ set will take you until the stroke of midnight to celebrate the transition to 2021. Places are available on this link

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