If you’re missing watching some live music, then you’re in luck. There’s a new music festival taking place, and you can watch it on the couch.
Isol-aid, a virtual music festival, will be running from 12pm AEDT to 12am AEDT on Saturday March 21st and Sunday March 22nd, and is set to feature 74 of Australia’s favourite musicians, playing sets via Instagram Live from wherever they’re self-isolating.
Organised by Sydney songwriter Merpire, as well as festival organisers Em Ulman and Shannen Egan, the festival will feature sets from Angie McMahon, Julia Jacklin, Stella Donnelly, Didirri and many, many more.
You can follow the hashtag #isolaidfestival to watch the whole thing back to back, with each artist streaming live on their Instagram accounts, and then tag-teaming the next artist to perform via split-screen, so fans can hopefully discover their next favourite musician
Speaking about the current state of the Australian music industry, organisers said, “As the COVID-19 outbreak threatens live music across the globe, Australian artists from all over the world band together to create ISOL-AID, a socially (media) distanced music festival.
"In a matter of weeks, tours, local shows and public appearances have been cancelled across the board and the international music community has come to a standstill and faces an uncertain future. According to ilostmygig.net.au the current tally of losses for the Australian music community, (for performers, production, crew, hospo workers, managers, booking agents & more) sits at $150 million dollars.
"If they are in the financial position to do so, viewers are encouraged to buy music and merch from the artists’ Bandcamp and Patreon pages, their websites, as well as donating to a fundraiser like this one set up for Support Act.
If you're looking for more information, including the full line-up, you can click here.