VIRTUAL CONCERTS ARE NOW A THING! Here’s a list of amazing artist to see!
Written by Nyah Joe on October 22, 2020
As the nation adjusts to the new reality of life under self-quarantine in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, a number of artists and musical institutions are taking the show online to share some musical joy during these trying times.
With venues and bars on lock down across the country, there are plenty of things you can watch from the safety of your couch, thanks to everyone from Miley Cyrus to the New York Metropolitan Opera and the fine folks at Disney.
While sites like Stageit have been offering up livestream shows for less-known artists for years, the loss of road time has inspired some acts to look for a new, temporary way to bond with fans until a return to normal.
Check out our ever-expanding list of shows and musical events to stream from the comfort of your home.
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VIRTUAL CONCERT LIST:
Nov. 14: Metallica is playing a live acoustic show from San Rafael, Calif. The “Helping Hands Concert and Auction” will benefit the band’s charity, All Within My Hands, with 100 percent of the money going to help someone in need. The show starts at 5 p.m. ET on Nugs.tv; tickets are $14.99.
Brendan Benson is celebrating his 50th birthday with a livestream concert from Nashville. He’ll be backed by members of The Shins, Eagles of Death Metal, and Neon Castles. The event begins at 5:20 p.m. ET; tickets start at $15.
Nov. 11: 311 is performing three shows — also on Dec. 11 and Jan. 11 — with each set to feature one of their classic albums. The November show will focus on Music, the December show on Grassroots, and the January show on 311. The band will be playing live from their Hive studio in L.A. Tickets start at $20. A portion of the proceeds will go toward Crew Nation to help those impacted by the coronavirus lockdowns.
Nov. 7: Niall Horan is playing London’s prestigious Royal Albert Hall for a livestream concert benefitting his touring crew. He’ll perform hits from his Billboard 200 No. 1 album Flicker and his sophomore set Heartbreak Weather, which will be filmed by a multi-camera crew. Tickets go on sale Oct. 16.
Kylie Minogue is doing a global livestream show titled “Kylie: Infinite Disco.” The 50-minute performance will include tracks from upcoming album Disco, as well as some of her classic tunes. There are two streams for the U.S., with both beginning at 8 p.m. ET and PT. Tickets are $20.
Patty Griffin is streaming a residency from Austin’s The Continental Club. She’ll also be streaming shows Nov. 21 and Dec. 5. A portion of the proceeds will benefit 18 independent venues around the country. All three shows begin at 7 p.m. ET; tickets start at $25.
Oct. 31: Animal Collective is hosting a 10th anniversary party for visual album ODDSAC. The event will include a Q&A with director Danny Perez, DJ sets by members of the band, and a costume contest. The event begins at 9 p.m. ET on Nugs.tv; tickets are $12.99.
Oct. 30-31: Rolling Loud’s second “Loud Stream” will feature live performances from Trippie Redd, Gunna and more, as well as interviews and commentary. The virtual festival will begin at 6 p.m. ET both days, and will stream on Twitch.
Oct. 30: Puscifer is playing its new album, Existential Reckoning, from beginning to end at Arizona’s Arcosanti desert for a livestream event. The show begins at 6 p.m. ET; tickets start at $19.99.
Sam Smith will be streaming live from Abbey Road Studio’s to celebrate the release of their upcoming album, Love Goes. Smith will be performing old hits as well as new tunes, and doing a Q&A with fans. There will also be special guest performances. The ticketed livestream event begins at 4 p.m. ET; find out how to get access to early bird tickets on Smith’s website.
GWAR are playing a livestream concert dubbed Scumdog XXX Live, during which they’ll play the entirety of Scumdogs of the Universe from beginning to end. The show begins at 8 p.m. ET; tickets start at $15, and ticket-merch bundles are available.
Oct. 24: Billie Eilish had to cancel her tour when the coronavirus pandemic hit, but the 18-year-old is set to do a livestream show for fans who couldn’t see her in person. Her “Where Do We Go?” global livestream will be hosted on her website, and begins at 6 p.m. ET. Tickets are $30.
Avril Lavigne is playing a livestream concert to raise awareness of Lyme disease. Her career-spanning set will include hits, fan favorite songs, as well as tunes from 2019’s Head Above Water. “I’m so excited for fans and friends from all over the world to join me and my very special guests for #FightLyme, which will benefit the Lyme community,” Lavigne, who has shared her battle against Lyme disease, said in a statement. The show begins at 8 p.m. ET; tickets start at $25 on her website, and benefit The Avril Lavigne Foundation and Global Lyme Alliance.
The Goo Goo Dolls an immersive livestream concert featuring songs from across their catalogue, with the show beginning at 9 p.m. ET. Members of the band’s fan club will have early access to tickets on Oct. 15; general sales begin Oct. 16.
HAIM, Katherine McPhee and David Foster, Ewan McGregor and more are performing for the GO campaign’s 14th annual gala, which is going virtual this year. The event, co-hosted by Robert Pattinson, will benefit COVID-19 relief causes as well as organizations fighting for racial justice. The gala begins at 9 p.m. ET and is free to stream; reserve a ticket and donate at GoGala2020.org.
Jack Black, Aloe Blacc, DJ Khaled, Fat Joe and more are joining The MDA Kevin Hart Kids Telethon to support the Muscular Distrophy Association. The event begins at 8 p.m. ET, streaming on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. For more information or to donate, visit TheTelethon.org.
Japanese band Esprit D’Air are playing a livestream show in celebration of their 10th anniversary. The rockers will be debuting new songs from their upcoming album Oceans, which is coming next year. Tickets are about $14 (£10.99); the show begins at 5 p.m. ET on EspritDair.com.
Oct. 23: Dierks Bentley, Kane Brown, Lady A and many more are performing for the 2020 iHeartCountry festival, which is going virtual this year. The event, which was recorded on one stage in Nashville, begins at 8 p.m. ET and streams on LiveXLive.
Chief Keef and Polo G are doing a virtual concert together. “Coming from Chicago and getting to perform with Chief Keef is already amazing, but getting to do it on Dreamstage is going to take it to the next level,” Polo G said in a statement. “Our fans have never seen anything like what they are about to experience. It’s going to be crazy!” The show starts at 7 p.m. ET on Dreamstage; tickets are $14.99.
Scarypoolparty is livestreaming a nearly all acoustic full band set from Hotel Cafe. Tickets begin at $10.