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COVID-19 sparks rise in online shows

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April 18, 2020

TO MAINTAIN profile and entertain fans during the COVID-19 lockdown a growing number of artistes and festivals are streaming live and archive performances.

The UK’S 85,000-capacity Live Nation Entertainment-owned Download will stage a “virtual festival” branded, Download TV, on 12-14 June.

It will be streamed on the event’s social channels including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube, and consist of three daily shows of up to three hours each, featuring interviews, unseen performances and exclusive footage.

Other festivals to offer streamed versions of their events include Burning Man (60,000) in the US, Germany’s Wacken Open Air (75,000) and Serbia’s Exit Festival (25,000).

Concert discovery platform Songkick promises, “Every live stream concert all in one place”. Users of its app can select live shows and be notified before they begin. Among the acts who have scheduled performances to be streamed via the platform are Dolly Parton, Kyle, Baxter Dury, Low, Lady Gaga and David Guetta.

Coldplay’s Chris Martin and Pink have streamed live performances on their social media channels, Christine And The Queens and Death Cab For Cutie’s guitarist Ben Gibbard are providing daily streamed content, and Radiohead, Bruce Springsteen and The National, are making live show archive footage available to stream.

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