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Nightlife Culture

Online shows to welcome the New Year

No, there’s no parties or street celebrations but there’s plenty of music and entertainment being streamed online for New Year’s Eve. Starting with today, December 30, here are some of our favourites.

30 December

The music industry has suffered more than most during the pandemic, with concerts and festivals cancelled across the board. Perennial favourites KISCSILLAG had to forego their 15th anniversary show, and are making up for it with a major performance at 8pm on 30 December aboard the TRIP boat. The concert will be aired live in HD, for which tickets can be purchased to support the band.

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Also on 30 December, from 7.30pm at Müpa, the traditional annual concert by Hungarian folk legends Muzsikás will be broadcasting live. Several talented soloists will be featured this year, including Mária Petrás from Moldavia, and Hanga Kacsó, winner of the folk music competition Fölszállott a páva. Also on the docket is the Kossuth Prize-winner András Berecz, as well as young dance stars, István Berecz and János Appelshoffer.

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31 December

The Budapest Dance Theatre Company perform their own choreographed adaption of Around the World in 80 Days, from 11am on 31 December, at the National Dance Theatre. The positive qualities of Phileas Fogg and diverse global cultures are reflected in movement as part of a performance with universal attraction for young and old.

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Another performance airing from the TRIP boat is the online premiere of the Budapest Bár NYE concert. Tune into this special two-hour performance with the band specialising in pre-war Budapest cabaret tunes, with a few folk and Gypsy sounds thrown in. The performers encourage everyone to watch the broadcast where you can “dance, sing, hum, go crazy, laugh or cry in fancy dress or your tatty pyjama bottoms!” Before they perform, Péterfy Bori & Love Band give a quick show from 10.20pm.

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Péterfy Bori & Love Band

From 9pm right through to dawn, DJs will be spinning one after the other on Zoom as part of the Telekom Electronic Beats party. Kornél Kovács and Axel Boman represent Studio Barnhus, while Hungarians Vatsanah, Perrin, Tolo, LAU and Mankind will also be taking to the decks in front of the camera. Highlights include La Boum All Stars, featuring Fran Palermo, Mary Popkids, Bohemian Betyars, Platon Karataev and Middlemist Red, all bidding farewell to 2020.

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To close this year in style, the Zuboly New Year’s Eve concert starts up at 8pm, broadcast from the Metro Club, a party featuring the biggest Zuboly hits in the pop/hip-hop genre.

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Two acts take the virtual stage of the Budapest Jazz Club on New Year’s Eve: Pankastic! open the evening from 9.30pm with Krisztián Oláh, then the show continues from 11pm with Myrtill and the Swinguistique evoking the Gypsy swing of Django Reinhardt. Those living in the area surrounding the BJC in Újlipótváros can also order a special NYE meal prepared and delivered by the venue.

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