Your favorite artists in the comfort of your own home? Live streaming pop rock, alternative rock, plays, musicals, and virtual conferences? It’s all available on your device due to the flood of live streams that have appeared to help us as we practice social distancing. On top of that, most of these online events are raising funds for the COVID-19 relief efforts, combining entertainment and goodwill. Not only will you have fun while watching live streams and virtual events, but you’ll also do your part.
The coronavirus pandemic has canceled concerts, theatrical performances, and gigs around the world. People have to stay at home in an attempt to flatten the curve, meaning that artists have had to get creative to reach their audience. Indeed, musicians, bands, and actors have since moved to the internet. And more people are tuning in to their online performances. In fact, the live-streaming sector increased by 45% between March and April.
So, in this article, you’ll find some of the best live streams we’ve spotted, ranging from regular performances to one-time gigs. Therefore, settle back in your comfy chair and pretend you’re in a venue, waiting for your favorite artist to perform!
Here we go!
The famous musician is the latest name to join the online live streams and virtual events party.
Fans of the flamboyant Elton John can now stream his most iconic concerts. The 73-year-old legend has teamed up with YouTube for a once-in-a-lifetime live experience. Namely, the audience can stream six of his biggest shows for a limited period of time on this platform. His weekly concerts began on July 3, starting with “Live at Playhouse Theater, Edinburgh” from 1976. Expect outlandish outfits and evergreen music!
The series also benefits the Elton John AIDS Foundation in support of the coronavirus relief efforts. So, tune in every week for a new show and help the Foundation’s frontline partners!
Now, if you’re a true theater fan, you’ve probably waited for years to watch this next show. And thanks to the internet and Disney+, your dream is slowly becoming reality. Hamilton is now available on Disney+! We simply had to include it among other live streams and virtual events.
Hamilton: An American Musical tells the story of Alexander Hamilton, the somewhat forgotten American Founding Father. The musical is relevant to the times. In other words, it’s about an immigrant who achieved the American dream. He rose through the ranks to become George Washington’s right-hand man during the American Revolutionary War and the first Treasury Secretary.
Featuring the original Broadway cast, Hamilton is pleasing to the ear, introducing you to a mixture of hip-hop, jazz, rap, blues, and Broadway. The musical is the story of America then, told by America now. And you don’t want to miss it!
Would our list of live streams and virtual events to watch be complete without the Bard himself? Shakespeare’s Globe is streaming Macbeth for free on YouTube. Over the last decade, this theater has hosted in-person annual productions called Playing Shakespeare. Although things are different because of the coronavirus, it’s still going ahead with this Shakespear’s tragedy, enabling streaming of the play.
The leading stars of this production are Ekow Quartey (Macbeth) and Elly Condron (Lady Macbeth). It’s a 90-minute staging of the famous drama, aimed at school audiences. However, the play doesn’t hold back on the gore that made Macbeth what it is today.
The performance was filmed at the Globe Theater in late February 2020. It will be available on YouTube until UK schools reopen.
At a time when you can’t visit your local theater and watch your favorite plays, venues around the world are bringing performances to your home. The next one on our list is The Deep Blue Sea, a production of Terence Rattigan’s play.
The play is a portrait of a woman who’s caught between forbidden love and the deep fear of loneliness. After Hester Collyer (Helen McCrory) attempts to kill herself, her destructive love affair with a RAF pilot is revealed. But Collyer is married to a High Court judge and this revelation won’t serve her good. Find out what happens to Hester by watching this live video.
The Deep Blue Sea is available from July 9 to July 16, and the UK’s National Theater invites you to experience theater together.
Stream: Through July 16
If you’re more in the mood for a live concert, then we have just the thing for you. Liam Payne is joining the live streams and virtual events bandwagon with The LP Show.
‘Act 1’ of the series, which is a live stream concert, will be available on July 17 on Veeps. You can purchase presale tickets on this platform, with their price starting from $10. Of course, a portion of the proceeds will go towards The Trussell Trust that supports UK food banks.
Payne promised fans that the live streaming event will be up close and personal. In addition to that, it will be broadcast in real time from out-of-use venues. Save the date if you want to dance from the comfort of your living room!
Stream: July 17
Due to the global pandemic, Nick Cave had to cancel his 2020 tour, but you can still see the music legend in action. In this virtual event, Cave performs solo at the piano. The footage was shot this June at Alexandra Palace and will be available on July 23.
What’ s more, you’ll have a chance to watch Nick perform songs from his extensive back catalogue. He’ll even play some songs for the first time. His set covers Cave’s prolific career, starting from early Bad Seeds right through his most recent album, Ghosteen. As you can see, the performance is suitable for the fans of Nick Cave. But we also recommend it to anyone willing to expand their musical horizons.
The show will run for around 90 minutes and the audience won’t have a chance to rewatch it after it ends.
Stream: July 23
PBS presents a production recorded live at Free Shakespeare in the Park — Much Ado About Nothing. The play received critical acclaim during its run at the outdoor Delacorte Theater, and it’s now set to conquer the digital world as well. So, we simply had to mention it with other live streams and virtual events!
This bold interpretation of Much Ado About Nothing features all-black cast, starring Danielle Brooks (as Beatrice) and Grantham Coleman (as Benedick) as the sparring lovers. Full of misunderstandings, love, and deception, this comedic play will make you laugh. But, at times, you’ll also wonder if this is another Shakespeare tragedy. Luckily, it isn’t. So, if you’re in the mood for some comedy, Much Ado About Nothing should be your choice.
The play will be available from July 24 through September 11.
Stream: July 24
There’s also something for marketing aficionados among our live streams and virtual events! Let’s see where you can expand your professional horizons!
INBOUND is an annual marketing event that gathers tens of thousands of experts from all over the world. HubSpot organizes this conference that has been popular for years now. Indeed, past speakers are a roaster of famous people, including Michelle Obama, Gary Vaynerchuk, and Issa Rae. Everyone benefits from listening to these and other inspiring speakers.
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s INBOUND will bring together virtual attendees. The organizers promise a new immersive digital experience that will benefit everyone. There’ll be sessions led by experts in the field of marketing, sales, and customer service. So, be safe while also gaining professional knowledge!
Stream: September 22 and 23
Whether you’re a theater fan, music aficionado, or dedicated professional, these live streams and virtual events will satisfy your needs. Don’t forget to tune in and enjoy what they offer — an escape from the lockdown and the ability to remember life as it was before the global pandemic. Happy streaming!