Updated: Apr 20, 2020
Missing gigs? Us too. Some of you may remember that we had a live reviews section on our website, but we never got the chance to add to it, so we removed it. Just as we were about to bring it back, the virus hit. God damn it.
One article we did manage to do was one about going to local gigs, in order to support local artists and also save some money of your own. Well, it doesn't get any more local than your own home, and good news: many famous artists are doing home gigs, for free, streamed from their own places of residence right into yours.
Coldplay's Chris Martin was one of the first high profile artists to do this, streaming a 30-minute set from his house using Instagram Live, and don't worry if you missed it - it was then immediately uploaded to Coldplay's social media accounts, where it can still be found. He then 'nominated' John Legend to do the same, and he duly obliged with a near-hour long performance that included the presence of his wife Chrissy Teigen alongside him.
Other artists who have gotten in on the act include Keith Urban (accompanied by his wife Nicole Kidman), Pink, who covered an Adele song and actually tested positive later for COVID-19, but has thankfully recovered, and no virus is going to stop Trivium's Matt Heafy, who was doing free home gigs on Twitch before any of this even began anyway.
If your favourite artist hasn't done one and hasn't announced their own yet, don't fear, for there is a very simple answer here: YouTube (or live DVDs). Practically every artist on the planet has live footage that can be found on the video sharing platform, be it Beyoncé (including a full Glasto performance from 2011), Stormzy, or even Iron Maiden, who have an insane number of full live shows up on there, a fact for which we are thankful. Incidentally, their debut album is 40 years old today, so happy birthday to that.
If K-Pop is more your thing, BTS have announced a two-night 'Bang-Bang Con' for April 18-19, during which they will be streaming footage from various concerts throughout their career. It's sure to be a banging time with the Bangtan Boys, so make sure you're there for that if you're a fan.
It will also coincide with One World: Together At Home, "a historic, multi-hour digital broadcast" in support of healthcare workers of the World Health Organisation. It will feature the likes of Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Lady Gaga, Eddie Vedder, Billie Eilish, Lizzo, Paul McCartney and plenty of other music artists, as well as non-musicians such as David Beckham. That will be happening on April 18th.
Missing gigs? Us too. But the good news is that there is plenty going on to quench at least some of that thirst. Okay, it's impossible to truly recreate the atmosphere of a great gig in your bedroom, but these alternatives are better than nothing and are much needed to tide us over for now. And hey, they're all completely free, so we can't really have any complaints. Go have a great time - you deserve it.
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