How to enjoy New Year's concerts without having to deal with crowds
New Year’s Eve is widely known as the biggest amateur night of the year, when the odds of having a good enough time to justify the energy and expense that go into it weigh heavily in the house’s favor. And yet it’s such a big deal that even if you decide not to gamble and just stay home instead, you still feel like you have to do something.
Luckily, we live in a modern age where there’s a range of broadcasts that allow us to experience some of the sights and sounds of live concerts without having to deal with the actual people who go to them. If you’re staying housebound tomorrow night, you can still catch Taylor Swift on Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2015, which airs on ABC at 8 p.m. ET (with an official, commercial-free Times Square webstream starting at 6), or its new competition, Pitbull’s New Year’s Revolution, airing on Fox at the same time.
Or you can go a little more niche. Yahoo! will webcast EDM superstars Diplo and Skrillex’s Madison Square Garden event starting at 10 p.m. ET. Phish is offering (for a price) a webstream of their show in Miami, the first of four they’re playing down there this week. SiriusXM will be broadcasting a number of New Year’s concerts, including ones by Elton John, Willie Nelson, Armin van Buuren, and the aforementioned Diplo/Skrillex combination. Or if you want to keep things a little more cultured, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra will be offering a streamed concert of pops and light orchestral works, with an “Auld Lang Syne” singalong at midnight.