Text: Pete Wilson
"The virtual club is attempting to bridge the gulf of quarantine for the live music scene during this lockdown period.
It’s also helping DJ’s and events teams get some revenue in this trying time."
Social Isolation has proved a difficult problem for the live music industry, for obvious reasons.
What has popped up in response has been incredible.
Like most people, since the coronavirus lockdown I have been going mental with being inside all the time, so it was a ray of sunshine when I saw RA promoting a virtual club. I hooked up my speakers and had a mad one in the attic of my parents’ house.
The virtual club is attempting to bridge the gulf of quarantine for the live music scene during this lockdown period. It’s also helping DJ’s and events teams get some revenue in this trying time.
Moreover, virtual parties are a chance for the music industry to give a little back to those who have supported it – especially those who have been done over by the economic snap from the lockdown.
On a regular night out there are a lot of people in between the club goer and their favourite acts. These are people like audio engineers, stage designers, lighting technicians, bar staff and doormen. These are also the people that aren’t represented in these live streams.
Live music streamed into your home for free is a great thing, especially for those people who have helped support the industry in informal low paid work. Virtual parties alone won’t solve the economic problems Coronavirus has made, but they are the first innovation into a scene that we can all get involved with.
If you are passionate about music with time on your hands, and you can see an opportunity for yourself – you have a chance to get involved.
Here's a list of shows I’ve been listening to in quarantine, resources to get involved in and links to help you through this crisis if your work in the industry has been affected:
Stay safe & stay at home.