The Show Must Go On: Here Are All The Bands Livestreaming Gigs In The Wake Of Coronavirus
It’s safe to say that coronavirus has had a devastating impact on the live music industry. Hundreds of shows around the world have been postponed, from Lamb Of God to My Chemical Romance to Evanescence. Festivals too have taken a hit, with SXSW being cancelled along with Knotfest Japan and Download Australia. Coachella has also been forced to postpone until October.
This leaves us in a bit of a sticky situation. How do we, as music fans, get our fix of live music? That visceral, primal connection to the music with love, away from the humdrum 9-5 and shit that life throws at us? Well, thankfully this is 2020, and technology is coming to the rescue.
Livestreaming services like Twitch and YouTube are giving bands the opportunity to perform live, beamed directly onto your laptop or smartphone. Sure, mass gatherings are banned, but not in the digital world. You can join an infinite number of music fans around the world to watch your favourite band blast out a live set all from the comfort of your self-isolation pod.
Here are all the bands who have livestreamed shows or are planning to.
- William DuVall will stream a live set on Facebook on March 25 at 8pm UK.
- Metallica will stream a different live set every Monday, starting on March 30.
- Bowling For Soup’s Jaret Reddick will stream a series of acoustic ‘album’ shows from March 24.
- Tigress will stream a show from last summer on March 24.
- Palaye Royale will stream a special show on March 21.
- Year Of The Knife will stream a show from Landmine Studios on March 20.
- Green Carnation will stream their album-release show from Norway on May 23.
- Trivium will be streaming 90 archive live sets over the coming weeks.
- Dropkick Murphys will stream their St Patrick’s gig on March 17.
- Cleopatrick will stream a Live From Quarantine show on March 29 at 8pm UK time.
- Yungblud streamed a Sh*t’s Weird – Keep Calm And Carry On gig on March 16.
- Cro-Mags streamed a live in-studio set on March 15.
- Code Orange streamed their album launch set to an empty venue on March 14.
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