Earlier in the week it came to light that Ultra Music Festival‘s organizers would team up with SiriusXM on a digital event to fill the void left by the gathering’s 2020 cancellation on account of COVID-19 concerns. Now, official set times are available for Ultra Virtual Audio Festival.
Major Lazer, The Chainsmokers, and Armin Van Buuren are the digital festival’s equivalent of headliners for each of the three days in that order. Mixed in throughout the day are Carl Cox, Martin Garrix, Nicky Romero, and Oliver Heldens among others.
Ultra was the first festival of its size to fall to coronavirus concerns. South By Southwest was cancelled shortly thereafter, and by the time Coachella followed suit it became clear to those in the music world and beyond that the unfolding pandemic would drastically change the lives of a significant proportion of the population.
Donald Glover‘s new album Donald Glover Presents has been taken down from his website.
The 12-song project, which featured contributions from artists including Ariana Grande, SZA and 21 Savage, had been livestreamed continuously since Sunday on the website donaldgloverpresents.com.
For the first time as a musical act, the actor, writer and comedian did not use the established Childish Gambino moniker.
Glover has not commented on the album’s release – or its subsequent removal – but his management team reportedly retweeted a link to the website while the livestream was active.
Donald Glover Presents includes some songs Glover has already released as singles, including “Feels Like Summer”.
Last September, the Atlanta star announced he would no longer be performing as Childish Gambino.
It has not been confirmed whether the album will be released on music streaming services at some point in the near future.
Musicians are getting creative in order to keep their fans’ spirits up as many undergo periods of self-isolation to combat the coronavirus pandemic.
Artists including John Legend and Keith Urban have been hosting concerts via Instagram livestreams, while Coldplay frontman Chris Martin launched “Solidarity Sessions”.
Country singer Keith Urban went live on Instagram with his wife, Nicole Kidman, in the background, whom he called his “audience of one”.
Martin revealed he was supposed to be spending time with the band, but members were “stuck in different countries”.
He performed a number of Coldplay’s hits as well as covers by artists including David Bowie, after getting off to a rough start when he forgot the chords to “Viva La Vida”.
The concerts were launched as part of the Sessions: Together, At Home series — an initiative launched by Global Citizen Festival (of which Martin is a curator) and the World Health Organisation.
The next musician is yet to be confirmed, although Legend asked his followers to “let me know which other artists I should pass the torch to”.
For classical music fans, the Berlin Philharmonic has opened up its digital concert hall for the next month, giving free access to hundreds of past concerts in its famous Berlin venue and the chance to watch forthcoming event, which will now be performed behind closed doors. Fans must register and redeem their vouchers before 31 March.
Vienna State Opera has also opened its archives to offer fans a different opera to watch each day, for free, via its streaming platform. Wigmore Hall has an array of chamber music concerts free to watch, as does the London Symphony Orchestra.
Pianist Igor Levit is broadcasting nightly “House Concerts” on Twitter, while New York’s Metropolitan Opera is streaming past productions from its award-winning “Live in HD” series. Productions will be available from 11.30pm GMT for 20 hours.
Shawn Mendes has honoured his fans in a sweet Instagram post to celebrate playing his biggest gig to date.
The In My Blood hitmaker wrapped up the North American leg of his Shawn Mendes The Tour jaunt with a sell-out homecoming gig in Toronto, Canada to 55,000 people on Friday. And taking to Instagram on Sunday morning, he thanked fans for supporting him through his "breathtaking" summer.
"It’s taken me 24 hours be able to wrap my head around how breathtaking playing in Toronto was... I’ve never experienced something so moving in my entire life," he shared, following his show at the Rogers Centre. "76 shows done & I just want to say thank you with all of my heart to every single one of you. I want you all to feel so proud of this tour... this is just as much yours as it is mine so look around and see what you’ve done! I truly feel so connected with you guys when I’m on stage, it’s my favourite thing in the world and we get to feel magic every single night.
"I love you the most. Thank you North America for a beautiful summer."
The gig was a special moment for Mendes, who was visibly overcome with emotion throughout. During the set, his girlfriend Camila Cabello also made a surprise appearance on stage, as the pair performed their chart-topping hit single Senorita.
The star will continue his tour later this month in Asia, before heading to Australia in October.
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