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New Year's Eve going virtual in Los Angeles this holiday season

LA to hold virtual New Year's Eve party in place of Grand Park event

City News Service | 12/8/2020, 10:29 a.m.
Los Angeles won't be ringing in the New Year the way it has for the last several years...

Thanks to the coronavirus, Los Angeles won't be ringing in the New Year the way it has for the last several years, with thousands of revelers at Grand Park -- but the city will try to keep the New Year's Eve party spirit alive with a special national broadcast and streaming event for the first time, officials announced today.

"Grand Park's NYELA'' will debut on Fuse, on the Fuse YouTube channel, Grand Park's digital channels and on The Music Center Offstage.

Viewers can tune in or log on from 11 p.m. on Dec. 31 to 12:30 a.m. on Jan. 1, 2021.

"Even though we may not be together in the park, the 8th annual Grand Park's NYELA celebration will retain all of the high-energy performances and party-like atmosphere this beloved program offers Angelenos, but this year with the twist of reaching a worldwide audience thanks to Fuse and showing the world this L.A. tradition,'' Grand Park director Julia Diamond said. " ...In true Grand Park fashion, the program will balance these great performances with special segments throughout the show to honor the strength and character of Angelenos and share more about L.A. with the world.''

The event's musical program is being curated by two-time Grammy-nominated DJ/producer Steve Aoki and his Latinx-focused label Dim Mak En Fuego.

"The world is ready to turn up this New Year's Eve! And I'm excited to celebrate with The Dim Mak En Fuego family and partner with Grand Park and Fuse to ring in the new year, around the world, in a whole new way, with music that transcends languages and cultures,'' Aoki said. "Dim Mak En Fuego just launched this year, and we're excited to share the talents of creative artists like Andrekza and AQUIHAYAQUIHAY, along with our friends BIA and 2DEEP, each of whom define the sounds of today and tomorrow. This is how L.A. celebrates -- a show jam-packed with a fusion of sounds.''

In addition to the music line-up, NYELA will feature video segments that spotlight the many communities of Los Angeles.

For more, visit grandparkla.org and musiccenter.org.