Concerts During COVID
January 22, 2021
When Corona came to the US in March, many artists had to put their tours on hold or stop in the middle of them. Now, 8 months later, singers are finding creative ways to still put on an amazing show through this pandemic. Whether it is having a socially-distanced live show or live-streaming a concert from their home or an empty concert hall, many are able to show off their new and old work, while following CDC Guidelines. So, come take a look at the online concerts, the in-person shows, the drive-in shows and how someone could see some of the biggest names in music perform without leaving their home.
The majority of the singers are deciding to do live-stream concerts. Some of them are performed in stunning concert halls and arenas, while others are performed in a living room. Some singers that have done virtual concerts are Niall Horan, Dua Lipa, Major Lazer, H.E.R, Khalid and Sam Smith. Tickets for many of these shows ranged from free up to $35. In an interview with Niall Horan, he commented, “… until we are able to return I want to highlight the incredible people who work in touring that make those events possible and whose livelihoods have been severely affected.” All of the proceeds from Horan’s concert went to his touring crew, as well as two other charities, #WeNeedCrew and the Irish AIST Hardship Fund.
Since May, multiple singers have had drive-in shows for their fans to attend. Whether it was a live show or a recorded show at a drive-in movie theater, hundreds of people have been able to enjoy the talents of people like The Chainsmokers, Keith Urban, Garth Brooks, Andrew McMahon, Snoop Dogg and The Beach Boys. Tickets for these events ranged from around $100 – $25,000. Recently, there was the first socially distant concert for England. Groups of people were separated from each other using raised metal platforms that seated up to five people. The platforms were spaced socially distant and included chairs, a mini-fridge and a hand sanitizer station. About 2,500 fans attended the event and were spread out among 500 platforms.
Concerts for fun are not the only reason artists are doing them these days. Halsey did a Livestream event for the release of her new book, I Would Leave Me If I Could on November 10th. Patty Griffin’s set of virtual concerts is donating a portion of the proceeds to 18 independent venues all over the country. Avril Lavigne’s virtual concert proceeds went to the Global Lyme Alliance to raise awareness for Lyme Disease. The GO Campaign’s Annual Gala went virtual this year, as well as raised funds for organizations fighting for racial justice and COVID-19 relief. Finally, Alanis Morissette with the Broadway Original Cast of Jagged Little Pill hosted a virtual fundraising event for the Biden-Harris campaign.
While COVID cases rise across the world, the future is still very scary and unknown. But, singers are doing their part in trying to keep morale up and positive. So whether it’s the next big DJ or a classic rock band, there is something for every music taste to escape the stress and anxiety caused by the crazy events happening around the world.