Artists from across the globe are taking their shows online to ensure fans still have access to live music in these uncertain times.
With social distancing now in full-force across many countries due to the COVID-19 pandemic, live music has ground to a halt for the next few weeks at least. But as the saying goes, the show must go on, and with many tours being cancelled or rescheduled for later in the year artists have taken it upon themselves to bring their shows to a virtual audience.
Whether you’re self-isolating, socially distancing or just looking for something to fill the concert-shaped void in your life right now, your favourite artists have got you covered. As long as you have internet access and a device to watch from, there’s no reason why you can’t join the party from your own living room, with more musicians jumping on the live stream bandwagon each day. So grab some drinks, get your snacks ready, and let the live music come to you as we round-up the best live stream gigs so far.
Christine And The Queens
Bringing us some much-needed light relief in these stressful times is Christine And The Queens, with not just one live stream but a new show every day at 10PM (GMT). Hosted on her Instagram with a series of “guests and weird concepts”, we’ve already seen a performance of latest single ‘People, I’ve Been Sad’ and some exclusive behind-the-scenes footage.
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Juste comme ça, vers 18 heures, parce que c’est assez joli de se donner un rendez-vous ensemble chaque jour pour tromper l’ennui. Concepts douteux et invités mystère sont à prévoir dans les jours qui viennent. Courage et prenez soin de vous #ensembleàlamaison Let’s meet everyday around 6pm CET on my Instagram. I’ll find a way to deal with the ENNUI. Guests and weird concepts included. Today : @bastien__d @_melissambre_ @vincent.taurelle
It just wouldn’t be St. Patrick’s Day if we didn’t have a Dropkick Murphys show, would it? Determined not to ruin the tradition, everyone’s favorite Celtic punk band took to an audience-free stage in Boston for an unforgettable live stream gig. Go and grab some beers and get ready for a good old Irish sing-along that you can relive again and again.
Yungblud turned the entire idea of live streamed concerts on their head with the creation of The Yungblud Show, alongside guests Machine Gun Kelly, Oliver Tree and Bella Thorne. Answering questions from fans across the globe, performing songs and chugging bottles of Corona, Yungblud’s punk rock variety show will definitely help ease the self-isolation boredom.
Chris Martin (Coldplay)
With the members of the band stuck in different countries due to the travel restrictions right now, Coldplay’s Chris Martin took to Instagram to talk to fans and play some acoustic versions of requested tracks. With impressive renditions of ‘Viva La Vida’, ‘Sky Full Of Stars’, ‘Trouble’ and more, as well as a piano tutorial of ‘Life On Mars’ by David Bowie, this mini gig will help pass some time and hopefully teach you something new!
Hosting a virtual single launch for their latest track, ‘I’m Starting To Think You Don’t Even Want To Go To Space’, London-based alternative newcomers Fightmilk’s intergalactic broadcast was packed full of boundless energy. If you’re stuck at home for a while, why not take the time to discover something new whilst also supporting independent artists? You can watch the stream on Facebook here.
Ben Gibbard (Death Cab For Cutie)
With his solo tour now postponed, Death Cab For Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard is taking to Instagram every day at 11PM (GMT) to play requests and chat to fans from his home studio. With the first three days having featured a series of hits, deep cuts and some incredible covers, it’s time to get caught up before getting ready for the next show.
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Here’s today’s session if you missed it live! Another great day of playing the songs you all have been requesting. Today’s show was in benefit of @udistrictfoodbank (udistrictfoodbank.org) based in Seattle. In addition to food, they are looking for folks to donate toiletries, diapers, baby formula and more. Please donate if you can!
With their highly-anticipated album release show cancelled, Pittsburgh metallers Code Orange hosted an audience-free gig in celebration of ‘Underneath’. With face-melting riffs and brutally heavy breakdowns, get ready to clear some space on your living room floor and open up that mosh pit.
Although this one might not quite classify as a gig, Lizzo’s alternative meditation session is a quarantine essential in these trying times. Delivering a half-hour showcase of flute-playing, inspirational talks and guided meditation, the Queen of positivity wants to promote healing during this global crisis, and we’re right behind her.
Having recently released their incredible new album, ‘Every Bad’, Brighton-based Porridge Radio were due to play at SXSW until the COVID-19 pandemic hit. Refusing to let the cancellations dampen their album release celebrations, the band are hosting a series of live stream events, including a concert, a painting session and some life advice from lead singer Dana Margolin.