Thought Summer 2020 was going to be #lit, and now all of your festivals, concerts and events of any shape or form have been cancelled? Yep, thanks for that COVID-19. But, hey, it’s not all bad: forget people singing badly over your fave jams, forget queues to the bar, and forget being pushed by eager beavers determined to elbow their way to the front of the stage.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, artists across the board have used their creative abilities and taken their performances online in order to reach their devoted fans. Meaning, you can watch your most loved artists from the safe and comfortable distance of your sofa or bed (if that’s how you roll) with free queue-jump to the much more reasonably priced refreshments of your fridge.
From House DJ’s to opera, whatever your genre, the internet is live-streaming it.
Here are the best ways you can watch live concerts, performances and exclusive interviews from your living room during isolation:
- Check out Global Citizen’s #AtHomeTogether campaign:
Global Citizen have launched their #AtHomeTogether campaign which you can check out on their website and Instagram page. They’ve managed to round up 70+ acts including Lady Gaga, Billie Eilish, Elton John, Sam Smith, Usher, Lizzo and many more celebs to perform for and present their ‘One World: #TogetheratHome’ livestream concert taking place this Saturday (18th April).
They also feature loads of virtual concerts and have hosted Q&A’s with the World Health Organisation (WHO) on their IGTV. Missed out on these? Don’t worry, you can catch up on their #TogetherAtHome story highlight!
- Bookmark Billboard on your browser:
Billboard have helpfully curated online concerts and livestreams from across the globe in an article they are regularly updating as new performances are announced. It features direct links to Facebook livestreams, Instagram lives (IGTV), web including the likes of Major Lazor, Diplo, Robyn, Wiz Khalifa, Ari Lennox and many more.
- Subscribe to Boiler Room on YouTube
If you haven’t already, subscribe to Boiler Room on YouTube where you can livestream DJ sets from your fave House, Techno and Electronic artists daily, including Disclosure, Four Tet, DJ EZ and many more.
- Follow SongKick on Instagram
Follow SoundKick on Instagram, subscribe to their YouTube channel, or head to their Live Stream Concerts page on their website, or do all three… whatever floats your boat! SoundKick feature live performances and exclusive interviews with artists including Mahalia, Elderbrook, PinkSweat$, Tinie and many more.
- Stay up to date with Festicket
Like Billboard, Festicket have also helpfully collated upcoming livestream concerts by loads of artists performing from all over the world. So, this is another great one to bookmark on your browser and regularly check for updates!
- Head to #HouseofTikTok (official) at 6pm
Almost every evening at 6pm, #HouseofTikTok are live interviewing artists of all talents including musicians, makeup artists, chefs and more. This obviously isn’t strictly music but this is a good channel to keep an eye on in case one of your favourite artists pops up, and you have the opportunity to be the ultimate fan-girl and ask your own burning questions with the potential of them being answered!
So, forget crowd-surfing, you’re now well equipped to surf the web and watch livestream performances by your musical heroes from home. Who needs festivals in fields?!