With billions of people around the world confined to their homes, the entertainment industry was struggling to find its way – especially its branch that deals in live events. Sports have seen a major outage this spring, leaving fans with nothing to watch and sending betting outlets like Betway on a hiatus. And everything from trade shows to awards ceremonies were postponed, cancelled or moved online.
But this didn’t stop event organizers from doing their thing. Many festivals were moved online, gathering fans in the hopes of reuniting with them when this is all over. The best part about these is that they are not restricted in any way – anyone from around the world will be able to participate. Virtually, of course.
United We Stream (Daily)
1660 artists from all over the world, ranging from Ænnigma (resident DJ at various clubs in Bochum, Germany) to Youth Life Crew from Freiburg have gathered around the United We Stream series of events initiated by Clubcommission Berlin and Reclaim Club Culture.
All the streams from the event can be followed live through its website unitedwestream.org where you can also find information about when the next live performance will take place.
Claptone in the Circus (every Wednesday)
German DJ and producer duo Claptone, one of the most visible acts on the global deep house scene, has launched a series of live streams back in April that goes on well into the summer, until August 5th.
The streams can be followed live through the duo’s Facebook and YouTube channels. The events also help raise funds for the World Health Organization.
National Sawdust live events
Live@NationalSawdust is “the online home of the music, art, and community of National Sawdust,” an innovative arts institution in Brooklyn, USA. As long as the fans and artists are forced to stay at home, it provides them with a platform to still connect – virtually, of course.
The schedule for live National Sawdust events contains performances by Rafiq Bhatia, Andrew Yee, and jazz pianist Dan Tepfer, among others. It’s worth keeping an eye out for.
+1: Tomorrowland Around the World
The vast majority of these online-only events are free to follow. The odd one out is Around the World by Tomorrowland, a massive two-day electronic music festival with a lineup of more than 30 artists on eight virtual locations, ranging from big names like Armin van Buuren and Steve Aoki to emerging talent from the music scene.
This is the first time Tomorrowland holds a festival in a virtual location – the event, held in Belgium each summer, is well-known for its sold-out weekends and fairy tale sets where DJs and artists from all over the world perform for massive live audiences.
This time, in turn, they created a virtual location that anyone with a PC, a smartphone or a tablet can access. And this makes it the “odd one out” – it is a paid event, with tickets ranging from 12.5 euros for a day to 290 euros for the fully-fledged experience that includes virtual goodies as well as a set of JBL Flip 5 speakers for the best enjoyment of the event’s sound.