There’s nothing like going out to a concert to hear live music. It’s an activity that makes great memories, and it feels like time stops when you’re watching someone perform onstage. Since coronavirus has prevented large gatherings, concerts are out of the question until the dust from the virus settles. Because we don’t know when that will be, in the meantime, people who are missing the thrill of live music can catch performances from both local and mainstream musicians on Instagram Live as well as sets from your favorite acts on YouTube and Netflix. We may not be able to dance and sing to our hearts desire in our favorite live venues, but we can recreate it the best we can at home with the help of technology!
There are a plethora of full length concerts of every genre on the platform. English alternative rockers Radiohead recently uploaded a 2006 live show to their channel. A 2011 concert from Adele’s tour supporting her hit album 21 can be found as well. For fans of classic rock, The Rolling Stones have several concerts posted by fans and on their official channel. If anything can translate from screen to real life, it’s Mick Jagger’s energetic performances.
NPR’s Tiny Desk series is also an amazing live music experience. Several of your favorite artists from the most popular to most obscure have done stripped down versions of their hits for this series.
Lots of musicians have been utilizing Instagram’s live function to broadcast intimate concerts straight to their viewer’s phones. The accounts of publications Billboard and Rolling Stone often host these live sessions on their accounts. If you follow your favorite local acts on Instagram, it’s likely that they’ll take part in this sometime during quarantine as well.
Netflix is the home to some great live concerts that also serve as documentaries, part of the original content they’ve been producing in recent years. Taylor Swift’s Reputation Stadium Tour, Beyonce’s much celebrated Homecoming, and Justin Timberlake’s Justin Timberlake and the Tennessee Kids are a few of Netflix’s musical options. Hop on Netflix Party to watch along with others – besides, one of the best things about concerts is having someone fun to experience them with.