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  • Could live-streamed concerts become a new norm?
  • Could live-streamed concerts become a new norm?
    Anna Pritchard (2020) ©

How are live music fans getting their gig fix at home?

With the COVID-19 pandemic causing people to stay at home out of a sense of public responsibility, artists are having to cancel shows worldwide. How are live-streaming platforms filling the void, and could digital behaviours during the crisis create long-term changes in how people consume music?

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Music has always shone a light on society’s struggles. The ‘1919 Influenza Blues’ was popular among blues singers for decades following the Spanish flu, while during the Renaissance, composers wrote ‘pestilential music’ that reflected on the plagues of the time. [1][2] In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic has sparked a similar response from the music industry. With lockdown measures keeping billions of people at home, online media consumption has surged as an alternative to in-person entertainment, and some musicians are already creating with a digital-first audience in mind. For instance, after rapper Cardi ...



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