As the entire world remains in a standstill and with many still stuck at home due to the coronavirus pandemic, the majority of us bound to our couches are now facing the same problem - having nothing to do. Although things seem to be slowly transitioning back to normal, social distancing has been the name of the game for the past months and it’s left most of us glued to our gadgets, watching videos, surfing from one social media site to the next, and limited options of entertainment.
Despite all the circumstances we’ve found ourselves in during this lockdown, artists from around the world are making the best out of this very bad situation and are live-streaming their performances on Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram.
In an effort to help you get through this, you can now enjoy awesome live music from many different artists for free while you stay safe at home. So, we’ve put together a list of the best virtual concerts and shows you should definitely be tuning in to during lockdown.
1. The Metropolitan Opera
If you’re a big fan of the theater arts, adore fantastic performances, or maybe even just looking to try out something new for a change, we definitely suggest that you check out . To brighten the lives of their audience members, they’ve been doing Nightly Met Opera Streams, where they take a different encore presentation from their Live in HD series and make it available for free streaming on their from 7:30 p.m. EDT until 6:30 p.m. the following day.
With a schedule that includes numerous complete performances from over the past 14 years, we can vouch that you’ll find something beautiful while experiencing the opera scene. The streams are also made available through the Met Opera on Demand apps for Apple, Amazon, and Roku devices, and Samsung Smart TV.
2. Metallica Mondays
Going to concerts and being social distancing responsible isn’t really possible right now, but what you can do is tune into and get your heavy metal fix every Monday with some of Metallica’s greatest shows! To help keep you busy and having fun during this lockdown, Metallica will be live-streaming a series of live shows straight to your couch on Mondays at 5 PM PST/8 PM EDT for free on and .
They will also be holding fundraiser for the All Within My Hands foundation, to help address food insecurities and medical supply shortages during the current COVID-19 crisis. Also, you don’t have to worry if you can’t catch the stream live because the show will be available for a week which means you’ve got plenty of time to get heavy metal fix!
3. Diplo: Corona World Tour
Getting the chance to party and letting your wild side loose has become very scarce with the lack of DJ’s holding shows, however what you can do is join and tune in to ! Live-streaming five nights per week and a different themed set every night, this musical journey features a wide variety mixes from the different artists.
They stream weekly on , , andgiving you plenty of options to drop by, chill, and party with everyone else on the Corona World Tour. Plus, don’t worry if you think that you’re late for the party because the shows and live streams are made available on their YouTube playlist for you to replay and experience all over again!
4. Reverend Gary Davis: In Search of the Harlem Street Singer
has always been an awaited event that showcased the greatest of talents and most influential guitarists of our time at different iconic venues like the Carnegie Hall, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and more. While plans for the festival may have changed due to the Coronavirus pandemic, you can still enjoy the online performance series exploring the blind blues musician Reverend Gary Davis.
The show will feature Warren Haynes, Larkin Poe, Bill Frisell, Fantastic Negrito, and many more artists who will create a home-made video of themselves performing a song by Gary Davis. These videos will be uploaded each day at 4 PM EDT on their channel, which starts on May 4th running for 2 weeks.
5. Miley Cyrus: Bright Minded
Although already finished, we think that Miley Cyrus’s Instagram show, , is still an awesome show you can binge-watch especially during this lockdown period. With a total of 20 episodes, you will get a fun mix while watching Miley interact and connect with special guests, and even highlight the heroes at the frontline of this Coronavirus Pandemic. You can watch all 20 episodes of Bright Minded on her channel and binge through the full playlist.
6. Tate Modern and Tate Britain
Art lovers haven't been able to get the opportunity to tour art museums and admire the different forms of masterpieces like they did before. However, in an effort to stay connected, are producing an extensive list of online tours and films to explore remarkable works of art right from the comfort of your own home.
They’ve made all of this available on their , share tours and performances on their , and upload new films about art every week on their channel. So, if you're interested in learning more about the world of art, we suggest that you stay updated with Tate Modern and Tate Britain.
7. Rolling Stone
Rolling Stone is the best place to get your daily dose of rock & roll. To help with the quarantine boredom, you can tune in to their series over at Instagram where they host three performances every week at 3 p.m. EST. Additionally, they’ve also just started their “Extra Licks” Concert Streaming series where they’ll be streaming rare performances on their channel for over six weeks featuring bonus footage from six concert films.
Overall, with two different series that feature performances of newer artists and getting watch footage made available digitally for the first time - you’ll find no end to the amount of music you’ll get to enjoy during this lockdown.
8. The Shows Must Go On
Famous theater icon Andrew Lloyd Webber has definitely made his mark composing over 13 musicals and achieving a lot in his career, and during this stay-at-home period, you will also get the opportunity to experience a selection of his musicals for free on
Filmed versions of his shows will be uploaded to their YouTube Channel every week and will be available to view for 48 hours. With hit musicals like The Phantom of the Opera, Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, Love Never Dies, and so much more - you will have something to look out for every Friday while you’re at home. To stay updated, we suggest you follow him on and to get the latest announcements.
9. Ben Gibbard
If you love Indie/Alternative Rock then one person you’re absolutely going to want to follow during this lockdown is the leader of Death Cab for Cutie, Ben Gibbard. He has been streaming his Live From Home series daily, featuring their songs, covers, many song requests, and even guests to jam along with during the live concert.
They’ve also just recently released a brand new song “Life in Quarantine” expressing what life is like during this moment we all share keeping safe and stuck at home. All of his live streams are available on and , and you can watch them at any time. We also suggest you follow him on to be notified on the next live stream or any further plans with the Live From Home series.
10. Royal Albert Home
Royal Albert Hall is one of those iconic concert halls that has had to close their doors, but despite this lockdown they’ve begun the series that features live sessions and full sets of the world’s most talented artists performing from the comfort of their own home.
In an effort to continue their mission of entertaining and inspiring everyone, they’ve been sharing artists’ work and performances on their channel. We suggest that you check out these Royal Albert Home sessions, follow them on to stay updated on the newest schedules, and maybe even support the Hall during this crisis.
While the number of bands providing live performances apart from sticking to streaming has been scarce, Radiohead is definitely an exception. To keep fans entertained and to ensure that they’re getting through these tough times just fine, Radiohead has been uploading concert films on weekly.
The playlist now has four concert films: Radiohead - Live from Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival (April 2012), Radiohead - Live in Buenos Aires (March 2009), Radiohead - Live in Berlin (September 2016), and Radiohead - Live From A Tent In Dublin (October 2000). So, stay tuned for more live shows every Thursday at 10pm UK/2pm PT/5pm ET.
12. We Are One: A Global Film Festival
The future of film festivals may appear very shaky with everyone stuck at home, but the good news is YouTube and Tribeca Enterprises have teamed up and announced that in just a month we will get to watch and experience the .
This event will be a 10-day global film festival starting May 29 to June 7, 2020, co-curated by many major film festivals like the Sundance Film Festival, Cannes Film Festival, Tokyo International Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, and many more. So, make sure to mark your calendars because you will not want to miss the vast narrative films, documentaries, and stories this global film festival will have in store. All funds raised will be used for COVID-19 relief efforts.
Staying Safe and Having Fun
Despite the current situation the world faces today, that doesn’t mean we can’t come together with people across the world for a good time. If you have other live streams or VR related shows not listed let us know!