We’re back with a selection of music streams to keep you entertained this week, Getintothis’ Peter Goodbody sorts the highlights.
We wonder about the future for the arts. And music
Streams seem to be the New Thing. It’s good and all. What’s not to like about free gigs?
And as we spend a happy couple of hours each Sunday lockdown evening digging around to see what may be entertaining to our readers and listeners, we have a conflict.
Gigs cost money. But we’re getting low on the money front. At first it seemed a novelty – Ali Horn was the man who realised it before others, hell, we even went to see him in his flat in Sefton Park before the shit hit the fan. He was embarrassed at asking people to throw a couple of quid in a Paypal tin. But he knew. He knew what was coming.
Since then, more bands have been doing bedroom sessions or digging through their archives. But people are nervous.
Let us take, by way of a, perhaps, random example, the Led Zep gig at O2 Arena we link below. Would have been great to have been there. But how do you feel about it now? Not so keen?
Ah. Keen? It’s a kind of weird word. Means different things depending on its context. I’m keen on that. Cool. I’m not so keen on that, does not mean it’s not cool, it just means it’s, well kind of a bit shit.
We have friends who sign up to the Liverpool Phil’s classical concert season every year. But not this year. Not so keen.
Have you been gagging to get back into a pub, bar or an open mic night? Not so keen anymore?
For sure there are the twats who have been out raving and partying on the beaches and in the parks, partly because of another twat doing a bit of eyesight testing. No one’s keen on that one.
There is a keenness to get football back on track. Fair enough. There’s a fuck load of money involved. That needs to get sorted. So they say. Keen to get the season finished.
But arts, culture and music? No one in the shameful excuse we elected as the current administration is bothered. Football, snooker, golf must be brought back into play. Gigs? Fucking silence. It’s deafening.
We’d be keen in a way to get back into the groove.
Keen? A weird word?
Anyway, let’s kick off with some ‘kin ace prog rock.
Happy June, all. Lots of love.
Peter Goodbody, Getintothis’ Live Editor
Led Zeppelin: Celebration Day
You’ll need to be quick for this one as it’s only available on YouTube until 8pm June 2. But it will be worth it.
2 hours of classic rock from Led Zeppelin at London’s O2 Arena in December 2007 for the band’s first headline show in 27 years and one of the most wildly anticipated concerts in rock ‘n’ roll history.
It’s on their YouTube channel – here.
We had been teased last week there wouldn’t be no Glastonbury this year (apologies for the double negative). But it was pretty clear the Beeb would do something.
Their coverage of the festival has always been superb and keeps us switching between sets on the red button for a weekend. It seems this year will be no different, unless you were planning on actually being there.
Spread over BBC Two, BBC Four and BBC iPlayer, we’ll get a real “fill ya boots” selection of previous classic sets from the likes of Adele (2016), Beyoncé (2011), David Bowie (2000), which will be the first time that performance has ever been broadcast in full on television, Coldplay (2016) and Jay-Z (2008).
It runs from Thursday June 25 through to Monday June 29.
More info here. It will mean you don’t need to move for a whole weekend.
Download Festival 2020: Download TV
Pitch your tents, roll out your sleeping bags, and get ready for a weekend of music, special interviews, unseen performances, and exclusive footage, all broadcast live to your home from June 12th-14th.
A mix of a mine of archive footage along with new material. A whole host of interactive content and activities you can join in with! Prepare for tutorials, artist Q&As, special live performances, mindfulness sessions, and lots more.
“We hope you’re working up an appetite, as we’ll also have cookalongs with Masterchef’s Simon Wood, vegan superstars BOSH, and the hilarious Nat’s What I Reckon from YouTube. Plus, we’ll be sharing content that YOU have created, so make sure you tag all your pics and vids with #downloadtv.”
Highlight performers include KISS, Iron Maiden, System Of A Down, Black Futures, Deftones, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes and Funeral For A Friend.
It’s all listed here.
The National Theatre: This House
It’s 1974, and Britain has a hung Parliament. The corridors of Westminster ring with the sound of infighting and backstabbing as the political parties battle to change the future of the nation.
This House is a timely, moving and funny insight into the workings of British politics by James Graham (Ink, ITV’s Quiz) and directed by Jeremy Herrin (People, Places and Things). This much-loved production enjoyed two sold-out National Theatre runs, a West End transfer and national tour as well as being filmed by National Theatre Live.
You can watch This House on YouTube here from 7pm UK time on Thursday 28 May until 7pm UK time on Thursday 4 June 2020. It was filmed live on stage at the National Theatre in 2013.
For 25 years, this musical collective from Oslo has dipped into black metal, classical music, improvisations, progressive and industrial rock, and then some.
Last year’s album, The Assassination of Julius Caesar, is another transformation: In their usual bold way, the band went ahead and recorded what they call their pop album. However, the record is far from nerve-wrecking radio noise and pastel coloured ear candy. In Ulver’s universe, ‘pop’ is more of an honorary label implying spontaneity and potential body movements.
It looks like one to check out though. Here on June 2
Gigwise: Virtual SXSW Stage
Not free, unfortunately, but the price of a couple of beers from the offy will get you in. Just think of it like a good deed.
Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard are Getintothis faves, so there is that.
Taking place at 9pm (BST) on June 4, the broadcast – the first of it’s kind for the website – will be beamed directly to your living room, or wherever you choose to consume your live streams, and feature a four band line-up, bristling with some of the very best in the UK’s emerging guitar scene.
Check in here.
Bands In Town: Various
And, if you’re not grabbed by any of the above, then there is the Bands In Town website for you to spend some time doing a bit of procrastination.
Have fun and let us know what you find.