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Rufus Wainwright launches catalogue-spanning livestream series

As the physical live-music lockdown stretches on, artists are finding new spins on livestreaming. The latest example is Rufus Wainwright, who’s kicking off his ‘Rufus-Retro-Wainwright-Spective!’ series of streams in October.

He’s going to perform each of his nine studio albums in chronological order, splitting each into two broadcasts (corresponding to ‘sides’ in a vinyl stylee). Actually, each album will have three broadcasts: the two sides and a separate Q&A session.

For example, part one of the performance of his debut album ‘Rufus Wainwright’ is on 9 October followed by a Q&A the same day, with part two of the performance following on 16 October.

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Liam Payne set to launch ticketed livestreams on Veeps

Veeps! Another new livestreaming startup for artists? Actually, no, this one’s been around since 2017, and was founded by Benji and Joel Madden from rock band Good Charlotte.

It’s a platform for ticketed livestreams, and the latest artist to sign up is a biggie: former One Direction star Liam Payne. He’s going to be launching a series of ticketed livestreams on Veeps, starting on 17 July, with fans able to pay what they want (well, above a minimum spend of $10) to watch a fully-produced, full-band show broadcast from a music venue.

And, as with other platforms, there’s the promise of interactivity during the set: “Using a series of special effects and features, Liam will be uniquely equipped to interact with his audience during the show,” explained the announcement.