While the weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic turn into months, one by one, events have been officially cancelled all over the world. Among school, sports, award shows, festivals, marathons, and more, music concerts and events have made up the majority of functions that have had to be postponed or completely cancelled.
With arenas empty, artists have moved the stage to their homes. Live streams have always been a normality, but more often for things like sporting events and award shows. Now, they may become the norm for artists to stay connected with their fans. During these times, it’s important to spend time with family, be productive around our homes, and keep in touch with people you’d usually see on a daily basis. Being cooped up inside is hard on all of us, but the most we can do now is try our hardest to stay positive and use the sources we have to do this. With that being said, here’s where and when to find live stream concerts to watch!
Instagram and YouTube are amazing sites to view live streamed performances. Almost every artist has Instagram, and with the ability to go live with other people, musicians have been collaborating and making the most of it. Many artists have spontaneously been making these live streamed events, like Thomas Rhett Atkins (@thomasrhettatkins) who has made a couple so far.
Miley Cyrus has even created her own Instagram live streamed show called Bright Minded. She has been interviewing numerous celebrity guests, like Demi Lovato, Reese Witherspoon, Hilary Duff, Emily Osment, and Selena Gomez. Cyrus does these shows Monday to Friday at 2:30pm EST on her Instagram (@mileycyrus). You can also watch any of the previous episodes she’s done on Bright Minded’s YouTube Page.
Another site to check out is Billboards’ current live streams. They have featured a few artists like Alessia Cara and Meghan Trainor, and will be continuing to do so, so make sure you stay up to date with their website because they do not announce them far in advance. These artists who have been live streaming here have also been donating to charities of their choices. To watch previous episodes go to Billboard’s Live at Home.
Two other websites that have been providing live streamed concerts are the National Arts Centre, and Consequence of Sound. The National Arts Centre has an endless list of live streams to watch and even a Canadian Preforms page, strictly for Canadian artists. Consequence of Sound also provides live streams as well as TV and film news.
Larger events that have included a variety of artists have also been held. One World Together at Home, hosted by Global Citizen and Lady Gaga, included performances by a variety of artists and aired on April 18. Stronger Together Tous Ensemble, which included performances by mainly Canadian artists aired on April 26.
All in all, there are so many live streams going on, and the best way to stay on top of them is by checking out the links above for daily updates and information. The beauty about live concerts and shows is that if you ever miss one, you’ll be able to find it afterwards. When you do tune in to these live streams, not only do you get to see the artist perform some songs, but you also get to see what their homes look like as well as how they are doing, which makes for an experience you wouldn’t usually get at a concert.
Concerts in particular have taken a big hit because of the pandemic. From Bon Jovi to Shania Twain, Niall Horan and Michael Bublé to BTS and Justin Bieber, artists all over the world have been releasing statements about the postponement of their tours. It’s hard to guess when these musicians will be able to reschedule their concerts, and it’s understandable how upset and sad fans are that they will not get to see their favourite artists soon.
Other music events have also had to make changes to their schedules. To name a few, the 74th Annual Tony Awards (an award show to recognize excellence in live Broadway theatre) that was scheduled to air on the 7th of June from Radio City Music Hall in New York City has been postponed to a later date, when it is safe to run. The iHeartRadio Music Awards, hosted by Usher and airing on Fox, released a statement saying that they “will plan to reschedule at the appropriate time and will provide more information and relevant updates as they become available.” The Billboard Music Awards, another highly anticipated music event set to take place on April 29th, has also said they are awaiting a future date. The list goes on and on; however, for most people, award shows are usually watched on TV.
The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is an annual event that takes place in California and even though Ontarians are not the most likely to attend, it is highly popular in pop culture, as there are many celebrities and social media influencers who post pictures of their bohemian style outfits on Instagram. The Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival is yet another very popular festival in the United States, Tennessee to be exact, that rescheduled their event to September. Festivals closer to home, such as The Boots and Hearts Music Festival and Veld Music Festival, are two of the most popular in Ontario. Both these festivals’ original dates are in August, so let’s hope they will be allowed to run, even with physical distancing measures put in place.