Artists begin live streaming concerts from home


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Hannah Mirsky

World tours and concerts are being postponed and cancelled due to the spread of coronavirus, but that hasn’t stopped artists from performing for their fans. A ton of celebrities are hosting live concerts on live streaming platforms like Instagram, Youtube, Facebook Live, and Twitch to give back to their fans who are still getting used to this new reality. 

In a time when social distancing is making people feel secluded from their friends, celebrities hope that their concerts can bring together a community. 

Chris Martin, the lead singer of Coldplay, began the Together at Home movement with Global Citizen on Instagram live by playing a bunch of Coldplay’s hits that fans requested in the comments.

“I was supposed to be with the band today… but we are stuck in different countries, so we can’t play together,” Martin said. “So I thought what would be nice would be to check in on some of you out there and see how you are and what I can do for you.”

He called on John Legend to perform a concert, and Legend to be the next to participate in the #TogetherAtHome series. Legend scheduled a live stream the next day and more artists started joining in not long after.

Other artists like Kygo, Noah Cyrus, Evanescence, Bastille, Ty Dolla Sign, and DJ Cassidy took to Instagram in support of Global Citizen’s movement too.

Diplo announced he would be going on a “Corona World Tour” starting March 26 and go on for four days.

Dua Lipa performed every track on her new album “Future Nostalgia” released on March 27. Lipa expressed over the livestream that she had felt conflicted about releasing her album in a time when people are suffering but decided that what people could use the most now is music.

“The thing we need the most at the moment is music, and we need joy, and we need to be trying to see the light in all of these kinds of situations,” Lipa said. “We all need to actively work together to make a change.”

The Kpop boyband BTS just announced that they will postpone their upcoming shows from April 25 to June 6, but will be performing on James Corden’s “Homefest: James Corden’s Late Late Show Special,” on March 30 on CBS.

Other music guests like Dua Lipa, Billie Eillish, Andrea Bocelli, and John Legend will perform on CBS’ live from their homes.

Music can unite a community, even in the saddest times of social distancing and sickness. Artists and their music can slowly help rebuild a sense of community that has been lost.