So, the world’s a bit strange at the moment, isn’t it? It seems that without doubt, 2020 is going to be remembered as the year that was dominated by the Covid-19 pandemic. Across the globe, people are being affected by the spread of this highly contagious and dangerous disease and people are seeing their usual daily lives being disrupted as a means of staying safe.

One of the only effective ways of dealing with this virus is simply to isolate yourself from other people and wait for the incubation period of the virus to pass – as a result it is advised that people stay in their homes until this crisis passes. This is a disastrous development for artists, many of whom will require the revenue generated from these shows to survive as artists.

However, out of such hardship comes times of hope as well. As all around the world, different acts decided to come together to try and provide some bit of release from thinking about the pandemic. On a night when people should have been celebrating and enjoying themselves, many instead were treated to various live streams from different musicians.

Global artists like Chris Martin of Coldplay, Shawn Mendes and Camilia Cabello, and John Legend, among many others, would all take to the internet to try and distract people from what was going on outside their door.

It’s not just the big international acts who decided to entertain fans through live streamed gigs. A lot of Irish acts who have had paying shows cancelled as a result of the pandemic also took to the internet to keep fans occupied while stuck at home. Popular songwriter and multi-instrumentalist James Vincent McMorrow took to Instagram to do a daily live set for his followers throughout this week, likewise Niall Horan and EMR. As well as this, live streams on YouTube were also popular with Dublin acoustic four-piece, The Scratch, and three-piece trad/folk group, The Mary Wallopers, doing St. Patrick’s Day broadcasts for their fans. It was all done under the hashtag #TogetherAtHome.

As well as live streams, it was a time of good will among some labels and music streaming sites.

Keep the head up, folks. We’ll get through this.

MK