Some of the ways to spice up the evening at home are raves, gourmet dinners and online erotica.
New Year’s Eve 2020 won’t be anything more than just more TV for many.
But SK Shlomo, the beatboxer, has such huge ambitions that he has taken Nasa on board: what he calls the “world’s first charity rave-a-thon,” Rave to the Moon, will be launched by former astronaut Nicole Stott, the tenth woman to do a spacewalk.
Participants dance to virtual sets by Basement Jaxx and Rob da Bank in living rooms and kitchens around the world, making their moves count in real time in the hope of collectively dancing the hundreds of thousands of miles that it will take to get to the moon.
Shlomo, who with his mass activities has already set world records, stresses that you can even only join in from the comfort of your couch.
There are plenty of ways to stay home on a Thursday night and celebrate a very different year along with the conclusion of the Brexit transition – from online adult cinema to at-home parties and high-profile raves – and support the decimated artistic and hospitality industries in the process.
“Of his rave, Shlomo says, “It’s one of those ventures that begins with a little idea, and then the more people you tell about it, the crazier it gets.
I needed something open to make. There are too many individuals who can’t go out on New Year’s Eve, can’t afford it, or can’t afford it anymore because of their lives. This is a way to reconnect.
NYE 2020 will provide ample opportunity for dancing, as is tradition. A 24-hour rave will be hosted by Manchester’s popular Haçienda club, and YouTube is hosting a big night, Hello 2021: UK, with a lineup including singer Dua Lipa.
Many of the popular New Year’s Eve activities will also be streamed – for the first time, Edinburgh’s Hogmanay will be an online-only affair, as will Times Square’s Ball Drop.
Celebrating at home provides new possibilities as well.
“La Petite Mort will be an immersive cinema performance, says creative director Sophie Cohen, “very funny and very sexy… It’s about women accepting their sexuality.” She believes that “sometimes people come to our shows a little anxious… This is a way for you to try it in the safety of your own house, and because you can just turn the TV off, you don’t have to be scared.
“some who have worked in the sex industry and some who still do,”a thought piece about how this has been a really weird year that we’d all like to throw a funeral for,”a thought piece about how this has been a really weird year that we’d all like to throw a funeral for.”
But even the more conventional pursuits of food, drink and merriment for New Year’s Eve will be provided in Covid-friendly packages.
Restaurant meal packages, which have been a big deal this year, range from the very costly – British chef Adam Handling provides a national delivery of a New Year’s Eve menu including wagyu and caviar tartare (£ 350 for two people) – to the height of comfort food: La Tua, which makes pasta dishes served at Claridge’s, offers a menu of crab lobster tortelloni and panettone chocolate ( It’s the best way this year to say ciao and hopefully usher in a new year for everybody.
Many who love being outside can watch fireworks or relax with friends on a bench. While some swarm on the moon, the Royal Astronomical Society’s Dr. Robert Massey recommends looking at the moon.
It’s going to be one day after the highest full moon of the year, and “after midnight [actually around 1:45 a.m.]it will be 61 degrees high in the sky, so it will really light up the landscape.”
The greatest challenge of a new year spent at home, of course, would be the environment.
Shlomo tells would-be ravers, “People might have tinny speakers on their laptops – no, no, no, no, you’ve got to dig out your hi-fi and put on some bass. Cohen suggests, “Dress up, feel sexy, and eat something great. Switch the main lights off. Pick up your glow sticks.
“For pasta lover Palumbo: “If you really want to be Italian? Put on your best red underwear – for the coming year, it’s called a good luck charm.
And all of us could use a bit of that! “