Music venues and in-person festivals are still closed across much of the world, but that doesn't mean concert season hasn't kicked into full swing. Artists have been putting together some brilliant virtual performances – and this week will be no different.
With the help of the wildly convenient virtual events calendar Launchtrip+, we've put together a list of some of the more choice events coming at you in the coming days.
May 22: Big Weekend UK 2020
Celebrating the May Bank Holiday in the UK, BBC's Radio 1 has brought together the likes of the Jonus Brothers, Rita Ora, Sam Smith and others for a virtual version of their beloved annual music festival. The broadcast will feature 50 original live sets recorded by artists from their own homes, as well as some of the most unforgettable Big Weekend performances of the past few years.
May 23: One Earth Live
Musicians John Butler, Michael Franti, Nahko, Trevor Hall, FINK, Rising Appalachia and more are set to headline One Earth Live, a two-day festival that promotes positivity while exploring pathways for a brighter future ahead.
In addition to the music, the lineup includes notable artists, motivational speakers, Indigenous elders, wellness experts, yoga instructors, youth activists and poets. Donations made during the event will benefit both Proof of Impact, a charitable organization providing COVID-19 relief efforts, as well as the artists involved with One Earth Live whose touring revenue has been cut short due to the pandemic. Sublime With Rome will host the event and will perform during a virtual BBQ to benefit the MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund.
Rufus Wainwright, Duncan Sheik, Jon Batiste, Jason Mraz and more are coming together in support of Save the Children, a charity focused on providing better education and heath care for vulnerable children around the world. The show kicks off on on 25 May at 6:00 pm EST. Check Launchtrip+ for streaming links once they've gone live.
May 27: Stronger Than You Think
Queen frontman Adam Lambert, Jordin Sparks, Kelly Osbourne, Laurie Hernandez, Kesha, Noah Cyrus and more will take part in Stronger Than You Think, a three-day livestream event combining musical performances, candid conversations with celebrities and advice from mental health professionals regarding teen mental wellness. It kicks off each day at 5:00 p.m. EST.
May 28: Questlove's Potluck
Everybody’s favorite late nite drummer will host a virtual dinner party called "Questlove's Potluck" for his friends like Patti LaBelle, Olivia Wilde, Kenan Thompson, Hannibal Buress and more. The stars will be cooking their most beloved potluck dishes and making classy cocktails live from their own kitchens. The event kicks off at 10 p.m. EST and will benefit America's Food Fund.
May 29: Dropkick Murphys & Bruce Springsteen
Boston’s raucous punk darlings, the Dropkick Murphys, will be giving a live performance from Fenway park, albeit without an audience. If their beer-soaked anthems aren't enough to draw you in, the band will be joined by their long-time friend and rock’n’roll legend Bruce Springsteen, who will play alongside them as well as giving us a few songs of his own.
During the performance, a text-to-donate campaign will be running to support three different non-profits: Boston Resiliency Fund, Feeding America, and Habitat for Humanity, Greater Boston. The event begins at 6:00 PM ET, so make sure to check Launchtrip+ for the stream links before it goes live.