How to enjoy the show from home
COVID-19 has shaken the world to its core—restaurants and stores are closing, grocery stores are raided and major events have been postponed or cancelled. Fans have been left in the dark with cancelled concerts and postponed album releases. But have no fear, music lovers! Many artists are taking to social media to showcase their talents to the public for free during social distancing. Here are the best resources to find concerts and the artists who are streaming most frequently.
Billboard, a major entertainment media brand, has been hosting various artists on their Facebook page with Billboard Live At-Home Performances. Their pervious lineup has included pop-punk band All Time Low, country star Hunter Hayes, and Lauren Jauregui of the girl-group Fifth Harmony. The Billboard Live At-Home Performances are also raising and donating proceeds to various charities that are being impacted by the virus. These organizations include Meals on Wheels, MusiCares, and the National Coalition for the Homeless.
Columbia Records is hosting Livestreams on their Instagram page nightly starting at 4 p.m. Featured artists are Quinn XCII, Hozier, CholexHalle and more.
For fans of electronic music: American DJ, Diplo, has been playing sets in his living room on YouTube, Instagram, and Twitch’s streaming services. Diplo is known for being a member of Major Lazer, Jack Ü and LSD and produced hit songs for Beyoncé, Snoop Dog and Madonna. Check out his Twitter for updates and times.
YouTube channel COLORS is hosting A COLOR STREAM show, starting daily at 7 p.m. The show has featured artists such as H.E.R, Childish Gambino, and Glass Animals.
This one’s for fans of classic rock. Metal band Metallica is hosting “Metallica Mondays” on their Facebook and YouTube channel. Tune in at 10 p.m. to jam out to pre-recorded shows.
Global Citizen, an international organization who strives to alleviate global poverty and host the annual Global Citizen Music Festival, is hosting the Together At Home web-series featuring artists Jennifer Hudson, H.E.R, Chloe x Halle and OneRepublic.
Another option is to follow artists on their various social media accounts and to turn on their post notifications to be notified when they live-stream. Many artists are live-streaming from their living rooms or studios, similar to Diplo.
During these weird times, it’s also important to support your favorite artists through album sales and streams on Spotify or Apple Music. To directly support artists, check out their BandCamp site as well as their direct website to purchase merchandise and albums. While the livestreams are certainly no way to get a concert fix in, they’re one way to support artists and charities for those in need.