RiotACT Gig Guide (20 – 26 May): live streams from around the internet

Hayden Fritzlaff 20 May 2020
Photograph of Genesis Owusu on beach

Genesis Owusu is partnering with Red Bull for a virtual house party this weekend. Photo: Supplied.

It’s been a big week in Australian music.

The wider industry is feeling the encouragement of incremental movement towards a somewhat more tenable situation for music venues. Almost as a reward for the music world’s continued perseverance, legendary Brisbane band Powderfinger has announced a one-off reunion show to be performed via live stream this Saturday.

On the flip side, one of the country’s premier music festivals FOMO is facing liquidation, and vital booking agency 123 Agency, which has supported the careers of Tash Sultana and The Vanns among many others, is moving down a similar path.

Closer to home, Canberra artists are making sure the wins pile up higher than the losses this week. The artist-led collective Undine Records has launched their first release, the lovingly-compiled So Fresh – Hits of the ‘Tine, a collection of demos and unreleased gems from 20 of the city’s most beloved artists.

“NO GODS – NO SOCIAL CONTACT – NO MASTERING” is the brief and poignant message from Undine in these trying times. Their thoughts ring true as we look ahead at all the live music on offer this week.

Genesis Owusu House Party by Red Bull

Where: Streaming online via Redbull
When: Friday, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Pioneering Australian hip-hop artist and Canberra local Genesis Owusu is throwing a virtual house party this Friday in partnership with Red Bull. It’s a chance to catch Owusu debuting his latest track ‘Don’t Need You’ as well as live versions of crowd favourites. Some of the artist’s biggest fans have been invited to contribute to a unique visual projection work that will be incorporated into the set.

Live In Ya Lounge

Live In Ya Lounge returns this Saturday with another all-local lineup of performers. Image: Supplied.

Live In Ya Lounge

Where: Join the event on Facebook
When: Saturday, 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Canberra’s slickest live music stream continues this weekend with sets from three of the city’s finest roots, blues and folk artists. Northbourne Flats, Guyy & The Fox, and Bobby James will all be gracing your screens from 7:30 pm on Saturday for live performances from a decked-out studio. Live In Ya Lounge has weekly events scheduled all the way through next month so be sure to pencil in more doses of live local music from this new platform.

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