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Tomorrowland breaks down the statistics and technology behind virtual New Year's Eve festival – Dancing Astronaut

For those still on the fence about their at-home New Year’s Eve plans, Tomorrowland is confirming that their 31.12.2020 spectacle is a must-watch with an exhaustive breakdown of the technology that went into producing a digital event of this magnitude. With the end-of-year virtual festival adapted to 27 different timezones around the globe (beginning at 8:00 p.m.), Tomorrowland set out to topple its Tomorrowland Around the World debut in July, and based on the video teasers alone, it seems that it’ll do just that.

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Hosted through the new online entertainment platform NAOZ, Tomorrowland’s New Year’s Eve event has taken the efforts of more than 200 team members who’ve worked around the clock to ensure that everything is in order ahead of the 2021 countdown. More than 21 hours of music, 450 total tracks, and 65 unreleased IDs will be tested by 28 wide-ranging electronic acts including Martin Garrix, Tchami, Charlotte de Witte, and more, who recorded their performances on two green-screen studios in both Belgium and Los Angeles. The sets will be broadcast across Tomorrowland’s four virtual New Year’s Eve stages.

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To prepare for the close to 1 million digital attendees, Tomorrowland captured the performances using 17 4K ultra-HD cameras and 152 virtual cameras, culminating in more than 160 hours of footage to then pare down. 250 real-life extras were safely implemented to make the crowd more realistic.Tomorrowland also used 1,200 virtual fireworks, 184 lasers, 2,750 virtual lights, and 40,000 light cues across 120 computers and 30 rendering engines to develop the visual effects for the 28 different performances.

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Tickets for Tomorrowland’s New Year’s Eve virtual festival are still available, beginning at approximately $25 (€20) on Tomorrowland’s website.

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