The ball drop from New York Times Square on new year's eve is one of the biggest new year events anywhere on the planet, and certainly the biggest and most watched in the US. The only global event that can possibly compete for viewers worldwide would be the Sydney harbour fireworks display, but that is over and done with many hours earlier, leaving the NYC Ball Drop to take the spotlight for the second half of the new year's eve celebrations.
The live streaming of this event in recent years has only helped with the popularity with many millions now tuning in from their PC, tablet or mobile devices to watch the ball drop from the comfort of their own home, or from whicherver new year party they happen to be attending.
The Ball Drop organisers have for several years now provided a live online webcast stream, not just of the ball drop itself, but the whole evening's entertainment leading up to it, hosted from the legendary Times Square by Allison Hagendorf. Not only is this online streaming free, but also free of commercials, which quite frankly amazes me! In partnership with Livestream they're offering a fantastic live online webcast feed that as far as I can see is easily the best new year's eve coverage of any event globally.
The lineup for for the new year's eve ball drop in Times Square 2016-2017 is below, we'll add the listings for new year 2018 as soon as they become available.
Also performing live this new year will be:
Gloria Estefan and stars from the Broadway musical “On Your Feet”
The Ball Drop will be started this yeat by outgoing UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon .
The west coast part of the show, known as the Billboard Hollywood New Year's Eve Party will be hosted by the Black Eyed Peas' Fergie, who is also this year putting on a live performance herself. She will be joined by Niall Horan, previously of One Direction fame.
Also at the Billboard party this year will be Shawn Mendes, Emeli Sande, Lukas Graham and Fifth Harmony featuring Kid Ink and Ty Dolla $ign.
The Billboard lineup has now been completed with the addition of Alessia Cara, G-Eazy, Martin Garrix, John Legend, Mike Posner, Bebe Rexha, Hailee Steinfeld and Flo Rida with Macy Kate.
The ABC broadcast gets underway at 8pm New York time. The Times Square new year's eve event is sponsored again this year by Planet Fitness.
Remote performances this year will come from Lionel Richie in Las Vegas, Demi Lovato in St Maarten and Jason Derulo and Panic! at the Disco introduced by Pretty Little Liar Lucy Hale from New Orleans.
As well as the live online stream remember you can check out live views from in and around Times Square throughout the day and catch all the build up and atmosphere via the Times Square webcams
Watch the Ball Drop live streaming webcast feed here:
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