Live Streams For Your Couch Party

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, most festivals and concerts have been cancelled. But, this doesn’t mean you have to miss out on all your favourite acts. Stay entertained from the comfort and safety of your house with these live streams.

Live StreamsJennifer Hudson

Join in as Jennifer Hudson portrays Aretha Franklin in Respect, which will be released later this year. Respect celebrates the life and music of the legendary Queen of Soul. To connect to people during this difficult time and offer much needed entertainment, Jennifer Hudson will be performing a live Instagram concert this Wednesday, 25 March, at 22:00 South African time.

Zolani Mahola

Zolani is inviting fans to tune into her Instagram page, @zolanimahola, every weekday from 18:00 – 18:30. She will be spending 30 minutes singing and chatting. She will also be sharing her thoughts about life, love, family, isolation, lockdown and COVID-19.

DJ D-Nice

This is our favourite Instagram DJ, with his star-studded Instagram parties that has managed to draw everyone from Oprah Winfrey to Rihanna and Joe Biden. DJ D-Nice is partnering with Michelle Obama and WhenWeAllVote for a #CouchParty on 25 March at 18:30. Volunteers will be texting to encourage vote registration during the performance.

Riverboats Music Festival

Riverboats Music Festival have launched The Lounge Room Sessions, which will broadcast a 20 minute set from an Australian act at 20:00 each night from 25 to 29 March. The lineup is as follows:

  • 25 March: Matt Walker (Lost Ragas)
  • 26 March: Skyscraper Stan
  • 27 March: Gabriella Cohen
  • 28 March: Matt Joe Gow
  • 29 March: Jess Locke

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Introducing the Lounge Room Sessions: live music for uncertain times, brought to you by the Riverboats Music Festival. Like every other festival in the country, Riverboats owes its existence to the hard work, passion and remarkable talent of Australia's music community. Over the last two weeks our industry has been decimated by the cancellations and postponements brought about as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic. In unprecedented times such as these we can despair or we can innovate, and with that in mind we’ve decided to launch a platform to support the artists who have supported us. The concept is simple – every night at 8pm we're inviting an Australian solo artist or band to perform a 20-minute set from their lounge rooms, which will be broadcast via Facebook Live to the Lounge Room Sessions Facebook page. A link will be included alongside each post where viewers can make an optional contribution to the artist via a dedicated fundraising page, administered by TryBooking. 100% of any funds received will be paid directly to the artist, with the performance and contribution link remaining live following the conclusion of the performance. We understand many people may not be in a position to donate at the moment – these are challenging times for us all. At the very least we can collectively enjoy some incredible live music in the only way possible. None of us know what the next few months will hold, and we have no idea if this concept will make a tangible contribution to the artists we love – but doing something has to be better than doing nothing. We're planning on broadcasting our first live shows over the coming days – stay tuned for a full schedule. Take care everyone and enjoy the music David Frazer – Festival Director (link also in bio)

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The Melbourne Digital Concert Hall

The Melbourne Digital Concert Hall will start streaming a pay-for-play. Kicking off from 27 to 29 March, expect more music and entertainment from the safety of your home.

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48 more hours until the opening festival starts! Buy your tickets online now to support our Melbourne artists and have a great time watching from home. . . Melbourne Digital Concert Hall Opening Festival March 27-29 Tickets on sale now – Link in bio . . @chris.howlett @kawaiaustralia @musicavivaau @limelightmagazine @cutcommonmag @3mbs_radio @creative_vic @cityofmelbourne . #melbournedigitalconcerthall #mdch #5stream #melbourneartist #melbourneart #australianartist #cityofmelbourne #music #chambermusic #musicfestival #classicalmusic #covid_19 #isolationconcert #concertonthecouch #keepthemusicgoing #livestream #socialdistancing #melbournemusic #livemusic

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