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The Coronavirus Is Changing Live Music Experiences. How Are You Listening?




An 11 year-old plays Fortnite featuring Travis Scott Presents: Astronomical concert on April 23, 2020 in South Pasadena, California. Travis Scott + Cactus Jack have partnered with Fortnite to produce Astronomical, a one of a kind in-game experiential performance and the world premiere of a new song.
An 11 year-old plays Fortnite featuring Travis Scott Presents: Astronomical concert on April 23, 2020 in South Pasadena, California. Travis Scott + Cactus Jack have partnered with Fortnite to produce Astronomical, a one of a kind in-game experiential performance and the world premiere of a new song.
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Amid the coronavirus pandemic, artists like Post Malone, Lady Gaga and Billie Eilish have held virtual concerts online to support relief efforts. Social distancing guidelines and restrictions make it impossible for the public to crowd into their typical venues to hear their favorite musicians. It’s unclear when shelter-at-home requirements will be lifted, but this is something that’s likely to impact live music through the summer. 

According to a recent Vox piece, the pandemic is changing how we get our fix of live music, which almost feels more needed than ever as people suffer through the loneliness and anxiety of isolation. Live music fans are tuning in through social media outlets. Rapper Travis Scott even took to the popular video game Fortnite a couple weeks ago for a virtual performance. While these virtual events may work as a substitute, there are challenges. For example, you’re not sharing the moment with friends, the audio quality isn’t the best and there can be distractions for both the listeners and artists.

Today on AirTalk, we discuss the virus’ impact to the live music experience. We want to know how you’re consuming live music during this time. Tell us your experience by calling 866-893-5722. 

Guest: 

Dave Brooks, senior director of live music coverage at Billboard; he’s the founder of Amplify Media, which covered the music and live entertainment industry; he tweets @RealDaveBrooks