I think we can all agree things are looking bleak in the world of music. Gigs are being axed, venues are cancelling club nights and most people are self-isolating. The music industry, live shows especially, are taking a massive hit because of this pandemic. So how can we spread positivity and keep live shows going from the comfort of our own home?
Always ahead of the curve, Coldplay’s front man Chris Martin announced the live stream yesterday on Twitter. Then he took to Instagram at 1pm LA time, 8pm UK time, to surprise his fans. The Nice guy of pop gave a humble introduction and explained that his band, Coldplay “were stuck in different countries” due to global travel bans because of COVID-19. To shed some light among the darkness, he then stated to viewers that, ” I just thought it would be nice to check in with some of you and see how everyone is doing, see where you are and what I can do for you”. He then played an intimate, 30 minute, set of Coldplay classics on his piano from his living room. After, sweetly summarised the experience in hashtag #TogetherAtHome, encouraging friends and other musicians watching like John Legend, to follow suit.
This fun and considerate social media movement is putting life back into the music industry and live shows. It’s providing a digital way for artists and fans to use music as a way to connect globally. We are just hoping that as the days go on the movement grows and other musicians and celebrities feed into #TogetherAtHome, because although we may be isolated, together we are stronger.