The music industry’s journey into the unknown continues this week.
Now that in-person events have unambiguously become impossible, the internet finds itself brimming with live streams, taped sessions, and other creative activities to keep music-lovers occupied in their self-isolation.
One of the unexpected side effects of the current COVID-19 crisis is that performing artists all around the world are now engaging in the same space. It means that audiences have the choice to watch live performances from internationally renowned artists or to tune in to catch local acts, all without getting up from the couch.
There are some intriguing streams happening in internet land this week. We’ve handpicked a few locally-run events for you to check out. Scroll to the bottom for a full, up-to-date list of live streams taking place from around the world.
When: Sunday, 29 March, 5:30 pm start
How to attend: Sets to be live streamed from artists’ Instagram accounts
An Instagram festival for the ages. Canberra indie upstarts Learner’s Permit head up this all-local live stream lineup for an evening of performances you can watch from home. Also playing are the psychedelic HYG, power punk trio Box Dye, avant-garage rockers Paint Store, and racket enthusiasts The Dirty Sunflowers. Tune in from 5:30 pm on Sunday for this free event.
Isol-Aid Festival 2
When: Saturday, 27 March, time TBA
How to attend: Check the Isol-Aid page for updates.
Last weekend thousands of people tuned in to the first Isol-Aid Festival to catch live performances from the likes of Stella Donnelly, Julia Jacklin and Canberra’s own Sputnik Sweetheart. This week, the team of industry insiders running the show are taking to the streams for round two. The idea is that, at the designated performance time, you head over to the performing artist’s Instagram account where they will broadcast a live set. At the end of the set, they’ll direct you to the next account and the live stream chain continues from there. This week’s lineup has just been announced. Head here to check it out.
- The Social Distancing Festival
- Ben Gibbard: Live From Home – 10:00 am daily
- Master Musicians’ Social Distance Fest
- Virtual Exstatic Dance Party.
- Guy Sebastian – 9:00 pm
- Sofi Tukker – 1:00 pm
- Sofa Festival
- Vanessa Carlton – 9:00 am
- Sofa Festival
- Isol-Aid Festival 2 – Time TBA
- Earth Hour w/ Jack River, Polish Club, Alice Skye and more – 8:30 pm
- Diplo/Major Lazer DJ set – 6:00 am
- CBR LIVE – 5:30 pm
- Fred Hersch Facebook Live – 4:00 am
- Pauline Oliveros: Tuning Meditation: Claire Chase and IONE – 8:00 am.
- Beach Slang – 8:00 am.
- Kate Cebrano: MEMO Music Hall – 5 April
- WAAX: The Quarantine Sessions – 9 April.