Our way of life has been transformed by the sudden and serious rise of the Coronavirus, and many aspects of our daily routines have been shifted from what we are used too. While we normally visit friends, hit the bars, or see a movie, the urgent message to stay at home and "social distance" ourselves from others has been ingrained by health organizations around the world, and rightly so. In the absence of social interaction comes new and exciting ways for us to hang out with friends, listen to music, and participate in a unique experience that has emerged in popularity since the virus began: The Virtual Music Festival.
This concept caught my eye when I first saw this flyer on Twitter:
A virtual music festival. In Minecraft, of all places. As an avid fan of electronic music, I dismissed this as "cringe" at first, but out of curiosity, logged back into my nearly 8 year old minecraft account and experienced it first hand.
And I must say, it was actually pretty cool.
Choosing to set this music festival in a video game was an incredibly creative choice on behalf of the team at Disciple, a Dubstep-oriented record label based in Los Angeles. Amazingly, this wasn't the first virtual festival thrown by the label, and it more than likely wont be the last as many other artists, including myself, are utilizing various streaming platforms (such as Youtube Live, Twitch, Periscope, and Facebook Live) to showcase their music and entertain people throughout the world in a safe, creative, and massively successful way.
In this crazy time, it is important we find ourselves safe and responsible above anything else, and virtual music festivals may just be the answer to our stir-craziness that has no doubt been affecting those in quarantine. Will these experiences continue on after this pandemic has ended? Or will they go the way of the dinosaur? I guess only time will tell. Meanwhile, here is a list of official live stream concerts being broadcast on various websites, some of which may require an account to view. From EDM to Classical, I'm sure you'll find something that interests you!
Stay safe, wash your hands!