September 23, 2023

Weekly survey: Have you watched any livestream concerts since the virus hit?

We’re all in lockdown, deprived of our usual social interactions. Short-term pain for long-term relief, right? However optimistic you want to be, it’ll be a while before we get back to going to gigs and festivals.

Meanwhile, though performers gotta perform. It’s what they do. As a result, we’ve seen a huge uptick in the number of livestream concerts all over the world. Artists are figuring out how to best use YouTube, Instagram, TikTok, Facebook, and Twitter to reach fans and, in some cases, raise some much needed income.

Not a day goes by without some living room gig, private show, or virtual festival by everyone from DJs to country performers to rock bands. But is this working? Have you participated in any of these livestream concerts since the virus hit? Let me know.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ 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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3 thoughts on “Weekly survey: Have you watched any livestream concerts since the virus hit?

  • Yup. Dropkick Murphys St Patrick’s show, a few of Ben Gibbard’s acoustic sets from his home studio, Nathan Gray did an acoustic set from his living room, SAUL’s garage show, and a bunch of Stream Aid on Twitch which was really cool.

  • I also watched the Dropkick Murphys. It was awesome.


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