As we set sail into another week of lockdown, cabin fever is starting to set in across the nation...
Like many of us at the Pirate HQ, we know that many of you love a bit of live music. In the times we're in, many gigs and festivals are being cancelled or postponed, breaking the hearts of many fans.... but that's why we are here to help! Collating a number of musical highlights below, our list contains streams, live gigs and musician-fan interactions that you can take part in from the comfort of the sofa. So sit back, get those headphones on and #stayathome
Indie-pop gods, The Killers, will be live streaming via their Instagram page, this Saturday (April 18th). Due to play a string of sell-out arena dates this summer, the band is running with the times and will be playing a number of stellar hits instead, during their online set. Their latest single 'Caution' is available to listen to on Spotify now!
One World Together At Home
Moving on to a collaboration of a huge list of artists coming together for the 'One World Together at Home' movement. Think 'Live Aid' vibes but for 2020 and from home...! Taking part this Saturday, April 18th, Lady Gaga has joined forces with WHO to call on governments, corporations, and philanthropists to step up their investments in global health.
There is a humongous line up, consisting of some of the world's biggest stars and is still growing:
In addition to Lady Gaga, there will be Alanis Morissette, Alicia Keys, Anni Lennox, Camila Cabello, Billie Eilish, Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day, among others. There will also be cameos from a number of celebs like: Celine Dion, Chris Martin, David Beckham, Eddie Vedder, Elton John, FINNEAS, Idris and Sabrina Elba, Jennifer Lopez, John Legend, Lizzo, Oprah Winfrey, Paul McCartney and more!
This will be the sofa-based party of the decade and not to be missed!
Tim's Listening Parties
Legendary Charlatans frontman, Tim Burgess, has taken a novel approach of busting the boredom of lockdown and has started 'Tim's Listening Parties'. 'The Only One I Know' singer is taking to Twitter to play a selection of albums during which time musicians post their memories of said album, whether it be previous performances or fond throwbacks during it's production. Fans can also join in the fun. Burgess has described the experience "as good as a gig, but no one steals your beer". Check out Burgess' Twitter and Instagram feeds for more info. Previous artists to have taken part range from New Order to Blur and many many more.
Tim Burgess' latest solo album 'I Love The New Sky' is out on May 22nd.
To keep the spirit of small venues and hot new bands alive during lockdown, Jimmy's, a small independent venue in Liverpool, England, have treated fans to a daily dose of acoustic sets from a number of bands who live stream from their front rooms every night at 9pm. Previous acts have included: The Amazons, Bang Bang Romeo and Spektor. Check out their Instagram to watch their live feeds and check out who's coming up!
A number of artists have taken it upon themselves to banish the lockdown blues with impromptu live streams, many of which have been transferred to YouTube.
Check out Coldplay frontman Chris Martin's raw and acoustic set below:
The 'Take me to Church' singers Hozier also got a slice of the action, blowing fans away with this Instagram live set as part of the #togetherathome project:
Bastille delighted the ears of many with this stunning acoustic set:
And one from OneRepublic:
Worried about your future events? Here are some questions answered...
What about future music gigs I have booked?
If you have tickets for a gig or festival and you're worried about if it is going ahead, we recommend getting news straight from the artist - be that via social media or their website. You will usually find out sooner via these channels than by the ticket issuer.
My gig has been cancelled, what do I do?
You will be due a full refund (minus booking fees with some companies) at your original point of purchase. This can be done easily if you have an account with the ticket issuer, or you will be emailed directly with instructions on how to get your money back.
My gig has been postponed, what now?
All tickets for postponed gigs will remain valid for the new date and/ or location. You will be notified by email about the new time and date for the event. If, however, you cannot make the new date - you are due a full refund as above.
I purchased a second hand ticket via Viagogo or similar. Does this affect my rights?
You will have to check with the site you bought the tickets through as their refund policies may differ. Purchases made via unsecured means (Ebay, Facebook etc) will not be liable for a refund.
Finally, do not fret Pirates, we're all in this together. This storm shall pass and we will all be able to experience the joys of live events soon!