We’re back with a selection of music streams to keep you entertained this week, Getintothis’ Peter Goodbody sorts the highlights.
We’re starting to get an idea of what the new normal might look like and it’s not a pretty picture. Our man Chris Flack gave us a fairly grim view of what life could look like once the country comes out again to play.
Using the rough and ready calculations carried out by Zach Finkelstein relating to classical audiences as a starter for ten, it made for uncomfortable reading.
The business case for gigs as we knew them just doesn’t seem to make any sense. But neither does the future look as though it makes any sense either.
With venue capacity potentially cut to around 25% of what it used to be, it is impossible to see how any show, whether classical concert, theatre or basement gig can make any sense as a financial proposition. And that’s before we’ve even discussed whether you’d want to risk venturing out anyway.
The landscape will change. That much is clear. What it will look like is not.
All we have for the moment is lockdown gigs – either those streamed from a front room, or those dug out from archive footage. Either way, there’s plenty to dig in.
The big news this week is the Glastonbury teasers. Emily Eavis has effectively spilled the beans there will be an online festival, with the team going through their rich archive of classic sets to be broadcast. Details are yet to be announced, and, at the moment we can only speculate, but we assume there will be lots to keep us occupied for a weekend.
It would have been the festival’s 50th anniversary had Glastonbury happened.
“For everyone asking about our broadcast plans for what would have been the festival weekend, an announcement is coming next week with all the details,” Emily said. “And there’s going to be a lot of gems unearthed from the Glastonbury vault!”
In some senses this whets our appetites, but, but, but we’re getting a bit, shall we say a bit, well, we’ve seen a lot of gigs recently from a front room.
We’re not complaining, we get it. There will, presumably, be a release of old Glastonbury sets on free to air TV. That should keep us happy. Well, or something.
John Joseph Brill: The Final Show
The highlight this week is John Joseph Brill doing his last ever gig. Without explaining why, the gravel voiced singer has announced a swan song with a new EP and a final gig to be aired on Tuesday May 26 at 7pm UK time.
In a fairly short announcement on Facebook, he said: “Well I guess this is really goodbye! But before I hang up my black jacket, I’d like to sing for you one, last time. So tune in to Instagram Live on May 26th @ 1pm CST / 7PM GMT for a live Set and a Q&A.
My Instagram is http://www.instagram.com/henryjjbrill
Also, you lucky bastards, the final John Joseph Brill EP, Damn It All, will be out in full that day.
Thanks for the ride.
Be well, stay safe. JJB X ”
We’ll be sorry to see him go, but hope there is a new plan brewing.
Christine and the Queens: Daily Streams
Christine and the Queens continue to live stream from Paris’ Ferber recording studio, where they are currently holed up. The streams are quite informal, quirky and have a homespun charm all of their own.
To keep up to date with these streams, head to Christine and the Queens’ Instagram account here.
The National: Various gigs
The streams feature perfect sound and crystal clear video and are a must for all fans.
The National Theatre: A Streetcar Named Desire
The National Theatre continues with its free to air productions each week on their YouTube channel. This week’s offering is the Young Vic’s production of a A Streetcar Named Desire with Gillian Anderson taking the lead role.
Be sure to have your supplies ready, though. This one will keep you going for the best part of three hours.
Whitney: Friday June 5
Whitney are playing an honest-to-goodness live gig, complete with ticket price and everything. Just thinking of that brings happy memories flooding back. Don’t you miss gigs?
Well, those Whitney boys will be playing via Noonchorus, which describes itself as ‘Your music venue live on the Internet‘. which also sounds promising.
The gig takes place on Friday June 5 and kicks off at 8 o’clock Eastern Time, which translates as midnight over in the UK here. It may sound a little late, but it’s not as if we don’t have the chance to catch up on our kip at the moment is it.
The gig can be found here.
Clint Boon: Disco Rescue, Friday May 29
Proof that you can’t keep a good man down, Inspiral Carpets legendary keyboard twiddler Clint Boon will be hosting his very own lockdown club night, streamed from his home studio.
The latest event takes place on Friday, between 8.00 and 10.00.
Metallica: Metallica Mondays
Tune in for free on Mondays at 5 PM PST/8 PM EDT to catch a complete Metallica show from the archives.
As the band themselves have put it; ‘while we’re all doing our part and staying home, we find ourselves missing live music, so how about we dive back into a few of our favorite shows at a socially responsible distance?
Let’s stay connected and virtually visit a few of our favorite places in the world together as we bring a series of live Metallica shows right to your couch!’