More artists turn to livestreams amid coronavirus isolation


Here’s a headline it would have been better to rewrite before publication: ‘Bands are live streaming gigs and music has officially conquered coronavirus‘. No. No it hasn’t. But the first part is true: a growing number of artists are streaming performances live online, in lieu of cancelled tours and festival dates.

Country stars Keith Urban and Hunter Hayes streamed live sets yesterday: Urban’s Instagram stream has more than 435k views, while Hayes’ YouTube broadcast has 17.4k views so far.

Christine and the Queens is going to be streaming live at 6pm (CET time) every day on Instagram, promising “guests and weird concepts included”.

U2 frontman Bono wrote and debuted a new song on a livestream yesterday too, dedicating it to “the doctors, nurses, carers on the front line” in Ireland.

British Music Embassy and MQA are teaming up to stream performances from a group of British artists who’d been due to play the SXSW festival – the show will begin at 2.40pm this afternoon on audio mag What Hi-Fi’s YouTube channel, with MQA to host a video archive after the event.

Blonde Artist Management and Left Bank Magazine are holding a livestream event running every day until 22 March with music, comedy and poetry readings streamed on YouTube and Instagram.

Patreon is holding a ‘Weird Stream-a-thon‘ from 4pm PDT today too: “a virtual get-together to support each other, get informed, learn, laugh and raise funds for the artists affected by the COVID-19 cancellations”.

Finally, GigsGuide is maintaining a calendar of upcoming livestreams from artists of all sizes.


Image by Frederic Legrand – COMEO /

Stuart Dredge

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