With the world on lockdown we’ve got quite a bit of time on our thoroughly washed hands, haven’t we? This extra time could be spent doing the things we enjoy as we recalibrate and remember the important things in life. One of the ways that I’ve spent this time so far is to continuously miss all sorts of cool gigs and events that are happening online, which is rubbish. As the ever-expanding roster of musicians now bottle-necks itself onto the internet, it’s pretty tough keeping up with all of the cool events and shows that are happening in the various nook and crannies of the world wide web.
This is why I’ve created the Lockdown Music Guide. A helpful guide designed to keep track of some of these cool events happening throughout May. Below will be a list of livestreams from artists and promoters from the UK and beyond, and will be updated on a weekly basis. I won’t be able to spend too much time researching, so would greatly appreciate your help in this. If you’re an artist, promoter please get in touch. You can get in touch via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Sounds Good’s Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages.
I’d like to mention the #saveourvenues campaign too. The situation means 556 grassroots music venues in the UK are currently at risk of closing for good, putting a real strain on the live music industry. Local venues are an important part of an artist’s career, and play a great service at introducing new artists to listeners. Without gigs, there is no moshing. Who can mosh at a library? NOBODY. You can find out ways to support the campaign via the Save Our Venues website, which also features upcoming livestreams from artists too.
Again, please get in touch if you’d like to have your upcoming event added. At the moment this guide is just for May, but another could be created should things continue in June. Thank you for checking out the Lockdown Music Guide. Good music, good vibes, always.
LOCKDOWN MUSIC GUIDE
*Reoccurring event, check pages for future dates
**Please note, all times given are in GMT unless stated otherwise. Thank you!
FRIDAY MAY 1ST
Holly Rees Fast But Not Necessarily Happy livestream – live on Facebook (8pm)
EXNATIONS ‘Love in the Time of Quarantine’ Launchstream – live on Instagram (8pm EST)
Fitzolation Livestreams* – live on Instagram (8pm)
SATURDAY MAY 2ND
Sound City / Stay at Home Festival – Live on Guest House
For thirteen years, Sound City have defined one weekend in May as the focal point of new music discovery and industry chin wagging. With this year’s festival postponed until September, Sound City are partnering with the Music Venues Trust #saveourvenues and taking the event online this Saturday with a stellar line-up of artists on streaming platform Guest House.
SATURDAY MAY 2ND / SUNDAY MAY 3RD
Isol-aid Festival – Instagram Live Festival, Website
Isol-Aid is an online music festival and gathering space, where every weekend from 12 noon to 12 midnight (AEST) artists play 20-minute sets streamed live via their Instagram accounts. At the end of their set, each musician tag-teams the next artist to play, sending fans down a rabbit hole of new music discovery, community, and good feels.
A celebration of music, dance and spoken word
The UK’s largest free folk festival will be going virtual. As we’re not able to all come together in June for this year’s festival we’ve got the next best thing! On Sat 2nd and Sun 3rd May we’ll be streaming live music, interviews workshops and so much more directly into your home. Expect artists past and present with a couple of surprises thrown in too!
Leigh Folk Festival was cancelled earlier this year due to Covid-19, we couldn’t sit around and do nothing so Front Room Folk Festival was born – an online celebration of the arts to bring cheer into your homes during these uncertain times. Along with fundraising for Leigh Folk Arts Association, we’ll be splitting all donations with our 2 partner charities, Help Musicians and Southend Emergency Fund, who are helping those in need during the current crisis.
We’re so happy/honoured to have been asked by Music Together ON. to help bring you this online mini festival! A full day of livestream performances by some of our favourite #Riverfriends!
This Sunday, May 3rd. 10 artists in a row, starting at 1:15pm EST and going until around 8:30pm EST LIVE on our Instagram! Follow @riverfestelora to take part!
MONDAY MAY 4TH / WEDNESDAY MAY 6TH
Liam Taylor Twice-Weekly Livestreams (via YouTube)
Twice-weekly livestreams on music composition, music theory and production inside of Cubase from music educator Liam Taylor. Audience participation is encouraged via chat and all questions about music creation will be answered.
Watch live Monday & Wednesday evenings – visit @LTGuitarist on Twitter for timings.
TUESDAY MAY 5TH / WEDNESDAY MAY 6TH
IndieMidlands Live* 2 – live via Artists’ Instagram
Indie Midlands is bringing you two nights of live music streams to raise funds for the NHS.
12 different acts will play a 30 minute set between 7pm to 10pm every Tuesday & Wednesday for the foreseeable future. Six acts each night.
Streams will be performed live on each artists Instagram page. Full line up and times each week can be found on IndieMidlands.co.uk
WEDNESDAY MAY 6TH
Lockdown Live – a celebration of New Zealand music, curated by Nicnac Media
THURSDAY MAY 7TH
The Penny Antics Remix Series*
Our favourite boys The Penny Antics have been busy throwing all sorts of spare parts together at their existing songs to create the Antics Remix series. A new remix is released every Thursday at 1pm via YouTube. Enjoy. The Penny Antics on Facebook, Instagram and Bandcamp.
FRIDAY MAY 8TH / SATURDAY MAY 9TH
The Wandering Ear Livestream
We are super stoked to have you join The Wandering Ear & Friends very first live stream event via Zoom and Discord on May 8 & May 9th. We will be having 9 different artists playing on two different days. We’ve got people from Seattle, London, New York, LA, and Edmonton. So, we’ve got you covered worldwide! We’re also bringing you all different types of music so hopefully, you are ready!
We’re going to be having different Zoom calls throughout the two days. We will be starting at Noon PST on May 8th so make sure you are here. On top of the music, we will be doing surprise giveaways on The Wandering Ear Instagram & Discord server. So, you don’t want to miss out on these awesome prizes. And who knows someone might get some free food or Merch. You never know! Other than food and music, we will also be donating to several different groups. We will be donating some money to our best friends Also Cool Mag Artist Fund, and some Seattle Music Venues and Small Business Funds, Artists, and The Wandering Ear so that we can throw more events like this. So, tell you’re friends, family, neighbors, the person at your favorite grocery store, and also a random person that they don’t want to miss out on this event. And if you aren’t able to make it then I’m hurt and I might cry. No, I’m just kidding that’s fine we got you if you can’t make it. When the Zoom calls aren’t on then head over to our Discord Server where we will be pre-partying. It’s going to be lit I think that’s what the kids say nowadays.
Instagram: The Wandering Ear Discord: https://discord.gg/kN5Vy4R
Donation: Cash App/Venmo/Paypal: thewanderingear Donation Link: https://bit.ly/3ddTAY0 Funds will be donated to Artists, Different Seattle Music Venue and Small Business Funds, Also Cool Mag Artist Fund, The Wandering Ear.
FRIDAY MAY 15TH
Harrison Smith Live Stream Session
Raising money for War Child via Hot Vox
Independent – Sunderland Live show via Facebook
Independent proudly presents its latest Facebook Live gig headlined by the immense Holly Rees!
With support from Teessides’ Mt. Misery and Sunderland’s own Noyou, Holly Rees headlines the next in a series of gigs we’re putting on to keep you entertained during isolation.
SATURDAY MAY 16TH
Block by Blockwest Festival (3pm EST)
Lockdown Live 2 is coming! Featuring headline slots from Tiggy Tree, Phil Graham and Holly Rees, this 3-day livestreaming festival kicks off on May 28th through to May 30th! Head over and join the Clumsy Alien Festival Field to keep an eye on new additions to the lineup. Have a pleasant apocalypse!
The 7 Arts Still Exist is a platform for all creatives, founded by Chloe Mogg and Amy Crouch. The platform began with Chloe and Amy wanting to create a place where both musicians and artists could share their talents in the same place, during the COVID-19 Global pandemic, after seeing various Facebook groups based around music but none for other areas within the arts.
On March 26th 2020, Amy proposed the idea of an entirely online festival to Chloe, with the aim of showcasing live music and curating an online exhibition. On April 18th and 19th 2020, the festival went live, with a line-up of 36 music acts, 18 hours of music, 26 artists and 118 artworks. They had support from their local BBC radio station, online magazines and the local news. This led the festival to great success; each live performance had an average of 650 views equalling to an overall of 23,400 views (circa) and the art exhibition had over 1000 views, proving that The 7 Arts Still Exist really is a proven amazing place for creatives to grow and connect. The second online festival is coming soon!