How bad is the corona virus in China? There hasn’t been a live music show in the country since late January.

With the corona virus (COVID-19, actually) continuing to spread throughout China, much of the country has effectively shut down. That includes shopping areas, movie theatres, and music venues.

A report from Hyperallegric.com says that venues large and small catering to both live bands and dance crowds have been shuttered as the government demands that everyone stay home.

After a while, though, that gets very, very boring. Fortunately, there’s live streaming.

A growing number of Chinese musicians are broadcasting “bedroom music festivals” and club nights streamed right to people’s devices. Everything seems to have originated with VOX Livehouse, a punk rock club in Wuhan, the city in which this outbreak began.

The live-stream idea has exploded with everyone getting in on the idea with all sorts of musical entertainment and education. Here’s an example:

These “stay at home” gigs are resulting in some very clever and innovative ideas: Live concerts, DJ sets, DIY remix parties, even festivals.

Read more here.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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