We may be on day 8,916,743 of quarantine (okay maybe I lost count) but in the world that exists outside of your isolation bubble, the music scene is still alive and well.
Launchtrip+ curates a an extremely useful calendar of the top streaming events happening worldwide, making sure you don’t miss out on any of your favourite performances. Here are five of their must-see music events from the week ahead:
#Graduation2020: Facebook and Instagram Celebrate the Class of 2020
The class of 2020 is missing out on a tradition that has been a source of pride, joy and brilliant outfits for decades. So it's a bit of a bummer that they won’t have the opportunity to walk across the stage to receive their diploma or toss their caps into the crowd this year.
But Facebook, Instagram, and an army of A-list celebs are doing their part to make the milestone as special as possible, hosting a virtual commencement ceremony with words from Oprah Winfrey, Amy Schumer, Lil Nas X, Simone Biles, and many more. Setting the inspirational tone of the event will be Miley Cyrus singing her hit “The Climb”. The event will be broadcast on Facebook and Instagram on May 15 at 11 AM PST.
Electric Daisy Virtual Rave-A-Thon
COVID-19 can’t keep the ravers from ravin’. Since the iconic festival is cancelled this year, the epic EDM party is coming to your screens.
EDC Las Vegas is presenting a virtual Rave-a-Thon featuring many of the performers who were slated to be at the live event, including David Guetta, Flosstradamus, Kaskade, and Afrojack. The show will be streamed on Insomniac’s channels on May 15, 16, and 17 from 5 PM to 2 AM PST.
Inside Studio G with Garth Brooks
Country star Garth Brooks has been engaging and inspiring audiences with his Facebook Live series Inside Studio G, where he sends messages of positivity and plays live music for the hundreds of thousands of fans that tune in.
Catch the series on Garth’s Facebook page at 7 PM EST on Mondays. It’s a great reminder that we’ve all got friends in low places, especially when that low place is quarantine.
Block by Blockwest
This punk, post-punk and new wave festival was to originally take place on April 25, but after 100,000 viewers showed up, the servers crashed and the organizers had to recalibrate.
The event, which takes place on three virtual stages built within Minecraft, is being organized by the Philadelphia-based band Courier Club, with all proceeds going towards the CDC Foundation, a non-profit organization created to raise funds for Covid-19 relief. Expect some appropriately wild performances from the likes of Massive Attack, Pussy Riot, Idles, Hunny and many more.
FTC Music Class - Arkells
One of the most interactive music streaming events of quarantine is presented by Canadian rockers Arkells, who are engaging their audience with “Flatten The Curve” music classes.
They post chords to their music that are later played and taught by lead singer Max Kerman on Instagram Live. With special guest appearances and live chats with fans, the classes serve as a way to encourage social distancing while keeping connected through music. After 58 straight days of classes, the #FTCMusicClass is now switching to weekly broadcasts, with their next session happening on Tuesday at 1 PM EST.