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The best live stream gigs you can watch at home

Check out our comprehensive list of live-stream gigs happening across the globe.

Just because we’re practising social distancing, doesn’t mean we can’t still enjoy our one true love – live music.

Some of our favourite artists from right around the world are setting up their phone cameras and delivering homemade sets straight from their homes into ours.

With the number of online live performances increasing every day, we’ve pulled together some handy tips on how to find out what is going on, as well as bringing you some of our favourites that you might have missed (or, if we’re being truly honest, deserve bulk replays).

What makes these homemade gigs truly incredible is that they let us see these artists in a way we probably haven’t before – raw, stripped back, and vulnerable. It’s the kind of genuine human connection we are all longing for – and we can all enjoy it from more than 1.5 metres apart.

The best live streams this week  – Thursday 21 May – Wednesday 27 May

Thursday 21 May

Artist: Feed The Frontline – Tim McGraw & more
Time: 12am AEST
Where to watch: Facebook

Artist: Mahalia
Time: 1am AEST
Where to watch: Instagram

Artist: Biffy Clyro
Time: 2am AEST
Where to watch: Instagram

Artist: James Bay
Time: 2am AEST
Where to watch: Instagram

Artist: Five Finger Death Punch
Time:  3am AEST
Where to watch: Facebook

Artist: Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park
Time:  3am AEST
Where to watch: Twitch

Artist: Jason Mraz
Time:  3am AEST
Where to watch: Youtube

Artist: Sofi Tukker
Time:  3am AEST
Where to watch: Instagram

Artist: Feed The Frontline – Sheryl Crow & more
Time: 12am AEST
Where to watch: Facebook

Artist: Cold War Kids
Time:  5am AEST
Where to watch: Instagram

Artist: Linda Perry – We Are Hear
Time:  5am AEST
Where to watch: Youtube

Artist: Grouplove
Time:  6am AEST
Where to watch: Instagram

Artist: Dragonforce
Time:  6am AEST
Where to watch: Twitch

Artist: Bastille’s Film Club – TBC
Time: 6.30am AEST
Where to watch: Instagram

Artist: At Home with Michael Buble & Luisana
Time:  7am AEST
Where to watch: Facebook

Artist: Christine and the Queens
Time:  7.30am AEST
Where to watch: Facebook

Artist: Sam Smith – iHeartRadio Living Room Series
Time: 9am AEST
Where to watch: Youtube

Artist: Princess Nokia – Pitchfork
Time: 9am AEST
Where to watch: Instagram

Artist: Best Coast – BethLine
Time:  9am AEST
Where to watch: Youtube

Artist: HAIM
Time: 10am AEST
Where to watch: Instagram

Artist: AlunaGeorge
Time:  10am AEST
Where to watch: Twitch

Artist: Dave Matthews Band
Time:  10am AEST
Where to watch: Online

Artist: G Flip
Time: 1pm AEST
Where to watch: Instagram

Artist: Dillon Francis
Time:  1pm AEST
Where to watch: Twitch 

Friday 22 May

Artist: Sofi Tukker
Time:  3am AEST
Where to watch: Instagram

Artist: Cold War Kids
Time:  5am AEST
Where to watch: Instagram

Artist: Linda Perry – We Are Hear
Time:  5am AEST
Where to watch: Youtube

Artist: Grouplove
Time:  6am AEST
Where to watch: Instagram

Artist: Dragonforce
Time:  6am AEST
Where to watch: Twitch

Artist: Norah Jones
Time:  6am AEST
Where to watch: Facebook

Artist: At Home with Michael Buble & Luisana
Time:  7am AEST
Where to watch: Facebook

Artist: Digital Drag Fest
Time:  7am AEST
Where to watch: StageIt

Artist: Radiohead
Time:  7am AEST
Where to watch: Youtube

Artist: Dolly Parton
Time:  9am AEST
Where to watch: Youtube

Artist: Ben Gibbard (Death Cab For Cutie)
Time:  9am AEST
Where to watch: Youtube

Artist: Red Hot Chili Peppers – Lollapalooza From The Vault
Time:  10am AEST
Where to watch: Youtube 

Artist: DJ Questlove
Time:  11am AEST
Where to watch: Youtube 

Artist: Diplo
Time:  12pm AEST
Where to watch: Instagram

Artist: Climate Live Fridays – Artist TBC
Time:  5pm AEST
Where to watch: Instagram

Artist: Lime Cordiale, Bread Club, Pyjama Sundayz, ARCHIE.
Time:  6pm AEST
Where to watch: Facebook

Artist: Coopers Live, Loud & Local
Time:  6pm AEST
Where to watch: Facebook

Artist: Viceolation – Artist TBC
Time:  6pm AEST
Where to watch: Instagram

Artist: State of Music – The Teskey Brothers, Didirri, Gordi, Ella Hooper, Gretta Ray, The Angels, and more
Time:  7.30pm AEST
Where to watch: Facebook

Saturday 23 May

Artist: The Front Bottoms
Time:  7am AEST
Where to watch: Twitch

Artist: Isolaid – Arlo Parks, Dizzy, Wave Racer, Annie Hamilton, Stevan, more
Time:  12pm AEST
Where to watch: Instagram

Artist: Diplo
Time:  1pm AEST
Where to watch: Instagram

Artist: Powderfinger
Time:  7pm AEST
Where to watch: Youtube

Artist: Ocean Alley – Coopers Live, Loud and Local
Time:  8pm AEST
Where to watch: Facebook

Artist: Iso-late – Kaiit, CLYPSO, SojuGang, The Huxleys, Tanzer
Time:  10pm AEST
Where to watch: Instagram

Sunday 24 May

Artist: Isolaid – Lineup TBC
Time:  12pm AEST
Where to watch: Instagram

Monday 25 May

Artist: Bastille
Time:  4am AEST
Where to watch: Online

Artist: Christine and the Queens
Time:  7.30am AEST
Where to watch: Facebook

Artist: Paul Potts
Time:  9.30am AEST
Where to watch: Facebook

Artist: Metallica
Time:  10am AEST
Where to watch: Youtube

Artist: Steve Aoki & Friends
Time:  11am AEST
Where to watch: Youtube

Artist: 5:01 Live – Artist TBC
Time:  11:01am AEST
Where to watch: Instagram

Artist: John Mayer Current Mood
Time:  12pm
Where to watch: Instagram

Tuesday 26 May

Artist: Yungblud
Time:  2am AEST
Where to watch: Youtube

Artist: Metronomy
Time:  4.15am AEST
Where to watch: Instagram

Artist: Cold War Kids
Time:  5am AEST
Where to watch: Instagram

Artist: Grouplove
Time:  6am AEST
Where to watch: Instagram

Artist: Neck Deep
Time:  6am AEST
Where to watch: Twitch

Artist: At Home with Michael Buble & Luisana
Time:  7am AEST
Where to watch: Facebook

Artist: Christine and the Queens
Time:  7.30am AEST
Where to watch: Facebook

Artist: Benee
Time:  8am AEST
Where to watch: Youtube

Artist: Quinn XCII
Time:  8am AEST
Where to watch: Instagram

Artist: The National
Time:  9am AEST
Where to watch: Youtube

Artist: Paul Potts
Time:  9.30am AEST
Where to watch: Facebook

Artist: Metallica
Time:  10am AEST
Where to watch: Youtube

Artist: Steve Aoki & Friends
Time:  11am AEST
Where to watch: Youtube

Artist: DJ Questlove
Time:  11am AEST
Where to watch: Youtube 

Artist: 5:01 Live – Artist TBC
Time:  11:01am AEST
Where to watch: Instagram

Wednesday 27 May

Artist: Christine and the Queens
Time:  7.30am AEST
Where to watch: Facebook

Artist: Paul Potts
Time:  9.30am AEST
Where to watch: Facebook

Artist: DJ Questlove
Time:  11am AEST
Where to watch: Youtube 

Artist: Trixie Mattell
Time:  11am AEST
Where to watch: Twitch 

Artist: 5:01 Live – Artist TBC
Time:  11:01am AEST
Where to watch: Instagram

Artist: Dillon Francis
Time:  1pm AEST
Where to watch: Twitch 

Looking forward:

When: Thursday 28 May
Artist: Flying Lotus – Pitchfork
Time: 10am AEST
Where to watch: Instagram

When: Saturday 30 May
Artist: Dropkick Murphys & Bruce Springsteen – Streaming Outta Fenway
Time: 8am AEST
Where to watch: Facebook

When: Saturday 30 May
Artist: Christine and the Queens – Pitchfork
Time: 7am AEST
Where to watch: Instagram

When: Sunday 31 May
Artist: James Reyne (duo) from The Corner Hotel, Melbourne
Time: 3pm AEST
Where to watch: Facebook

When: Friday 5 June
Artist: Phoebe Bridgers – DIYsolation
Time: 4am AEST
Where to watch: Instagram

How to find the best live stream gigs

A heap of artists, venues, labels, organisations, and more have started turning to online live-streaming to bring their audiences together while we’re all social distancing.

A vast number of websites, social media platforms, artists, venues and record labels have been quick to turn to online live-streaming.

Follow your favourite artist

Where better to find out about your favourite artist’s live stream gigs than on their social media? If you don’t already, now is the time to get following on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube – that way you’ll be the first to know when the announcement happens. And even get a notification when the live stream happens. Thank you technology.

Check out dedicated websites and news sites

We’ve got a whole host of websites dedicated to keep everyone updated on the latest live stream gigs happening around the world. WhoNeeds.live and Stay At Home Festival, are both great comprehensive guides of live-stream events, and Live Nation has even set up their own Love of Live page, packed with all their favourite artists.

This is just scratching the surface. Many more online live events are expected to appear over the coming weeks, with more and more announced each day.

Live stream events coming soon

Download Festival’s Download TV virtual festival

We are sad that Australia’s 2020 instalment of Download couldn’t go ahead, but the festival has announced that it is launching a virtual festival for one weekend only in June, featuring unseen performances, special interviews, exclusive footage and interactive content. Taking place from Taking place from Friday 12 – Sunday 14 June (UK Time, AEST TBC), the full line up is still to be announced, but will be showcasing some of the incredible acts that were due to play Download UK 2020. More info here.

Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone are taking us into the homes of some of their favourite artists with their In My Room Instagram TV series. So far, we get to hang out with Yola, Graham Nash, Brian Wilson and more. But there is sure to be a stack of live streams still coming, so keep an eye on their Instagram for more.

MTV Australia – Recess

In an effort to cut through the heaviness, they want to encourage everyone to take a break with their brand new series, MTV Recess. Kicking off every weekday @ 10.50am AEST, they are presenting chats with some of your fave celebs live on their Instagram. They kicked things off with the absolute jewel of Australia Sophie Monk, but they are also promising daily live episodes with TV hosts, musicians, comedians, actors and influencers including Tommy Little, Christian Wilkins and more to be announced. Keep your eyes on their Instagram.

John Mayer

Are you familiar with John Mayer’s Instagram Live variety show  Current Mood? If not, let us introduce you. There are segments with sound effects, a theme tune, celebrity interviews, and other very random happenings straight from the mind of Mayer himself. It is a weird time, but perfect to take you away from everything at the moment. Does he work on a schedule? We can’t be sure, so make sure you follow Mayer on Instagram to get a notification whenever he goes live. 

Nova’s Red Room Online

Nova’s Red Room series typically sees fans pack into a live venue to catch an intimate performance from a much-hyped artist. Over the past few months, there have been performances from the likes of The Pussycat Dolls, Lizzo Tones and I and Lewis Capaldi. Now they’re taking it to live conferencing app Zoom. First up was American singer-songwriter Conan Gray, who performed breakout single ‘Maniac’ and other tracks off debut studio album Kid Krow, as well as participating in a Q&A session with five very special fans over the app. Keep your eyes on Nova’s Red Room to find out who is up next.

Beat Magazine Live Sessions

Melbourne street press Beat Magazine are taking things digital during isolation and bringing you live streams from some of their (and our) favourite local artists. So far they’ve teamed up with the likes of Cry Club, Zoë Fox and the Rocket Clocks, and Georgia June. Keep an eye on their Instagram to find out who is next!

Levi’s 5:01 Live

Every day, since Monday 23 March, at 5.01 PST time (that’s 11.01 am AEST), Levi’s Instagram has lit up with a live performance from some pretty incredible artists as a means to encourage us all to stay home and stay connected. They’ve had Snoop Dogg, Taboo from Black Eyes Peas, Vic Mensa, Sigrid, Questlove and a stack more. Keep an eye on Levi’s Instagram to find out who is up next.

 

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Vodafone NZ Lounge Jams

Vodafone Lounge Jams, a live stream concert series featuring some of our best homegrown Kiwi talent, in support of MusicHelps Live. So far they’ve featured the likes of Hollie Smith, Dave Dobbyn and more. Facebook is the place to be.

Viceolation

Every Friday from 6pm AEST, Vice Australia is teaming up with Aussie “musicians from a variety of genres who will go live from their homes to bring some good energy and entertainment in these weird times.” It’s a nice way to spend a Friday night. Head to their Instagram to find out who is up this week.

Catch up on some of the best live stream gigs so far

Lollapalooza From The Vault 

Crew members are the backbone of live music, and festival giant Lollapalooza is doing their bit to support their Crew through this temporary intermission by opening up their archives from seven countries and the 1990s to bring you Lolla From The Vault! Epic sets streaming on YouTube every week benefitting Crew Nation who are extending a helping hand to the touring and venue crews who depend on shows to make a living. Kicking things off are The Strokes with their ripping set from Lollapalooza USA 2010. Check it out!

Grammy Museum At Home

The Grammy Museum’s Public Programs digital series features intimate sit-down interviews with artists and musicians in its 200-seat Clive Davis Theater. Since the Museum opened 12 years ago, it has offered more than 900 Public Programs and now they are making some of their most popular chats and performances available for you to stream at home. These never-before-released recordings offer a delightful insight into some of our favourite artists. Uploads have included Greta Van Fleet, Courtney Barnett, and Sabrina Carpenter. Check out their intimate conversation with Billie Eilish and her brother and collaborator Finneas for a look at what you can expect from the rest of the series.

Coachella: 20 Years in the Desert

A documentary feature two decades in the making, “Coachella: 20 Years in the Desert” opens up the vault for the very first time to present the legendary performances and behind-the-scenes stories that shaped the seminal music festival. The film provides a rare look at Coachella’s colourful beginning, presents exclusive, never-before-seen footage, interviews, and key performances from some of the biggest names in music. Produced and directed by Chris Perkel.

Bastille’s Distraction Tactics Film Club

Dan from Bastille has become a regular on Instagram Live, putting on mini-shows every few days. Because he is a film nerd, he has even started up his own World Tour Film Club, where he picks a different film from a different country every week to watch and dissect. Week One featured English favourite Shaun Of The Dead (Simon Pegg even answered some questions). Week Two saw us take a trip to New Zealand for Taika Waititi’s brilliant Hunt For The Wilderpeople as well as a live chat with director Taika Waititi. Check it out below and get ready for week three’s dive into Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

Dolly Parton

Our favourite queen Dolly Parton is diving into the live stream world with a fun little show called “Goodnight With Dolly”. Live on her Youtube channel, Dolly reads select Imagination Library books, all carefully chosen for their appropriate content at this moment in time. The first episode just aired, and we’ve got The Little Engine That Could off the shelf first. Perfect for a pre-bedtime listen!

Guy Sebastian

James Bay

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

The MSO are striving to #KeepTheMusicGoing, and their series of live performances – uploaded to Youtube for our viewing pleasure – are a testament to that. Check out their Stravinsky Double Bill right here, and then head to their Youtube for more glorious performances.

In this extraordinary performance, filmed live at Hamer Hall in 2019, Sir Andrew Davis guides the Orchestra through two of Stravinsky’s acclaimed works – one wild, riot-inducing and revolutionary, the other a lyrical, little-known masterpiece.

Bruce Springsteen at Hanging Rock

While not a live stream exactly, if you got to live the joy of seeing The Boss take over Hanging Rock back in 2017 then this news will make your day. Frontier Touring have popped recordings of Bruce Springsteen’s set onto Spotify for our listening pleasure. ‘Badlands, ‘Two Hearts, ‘Wrecking Ball’, The River’, ‘Glory Days’, ‘Born To Run’, ‘Dancing In The Dark’ – it’s all there, all 1 hour and 52 minutes of it. Let the boss sing you through your stay in.

The National

While we prepare for The National to make their way back to our shores, we can enjoy the D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus-directed film, The National – High Violet Live From Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM). The live performance was shot on May 10, 2010 – the night before the release of the album.

Harry Styles Tiny Desk

Earlier this month, NPR released their highly anticipated Tiny Desk Concert with British musician Harry Styles. If you haven’t already seen it, it is a very good way to spend 20 minutes.

Backed by his touring band, Styles performed several songs from his latest solo album, Fine Line. Between tracks, he talked about the process of writing these songs: From the day off in Nashville that led to “Watermelon Sugar,” to the feeling of lovesickness he tried to capture in “Adore You.” The camaraderie between the band was clear; and Styles was in on the joy, twirling in his seat between verses.

NPR Music’s Tiny Desk (At Home)

Speaking of NPR Music, they too are getting innovative with the current social distancing practices and shifting their Tiny Desk concerts into artist’s homes. So far we’ve heard from Tarriona, Soccer Mommy, and Margo Price & Jeremy Ivey but we’ve also seen recent uploads from Coldplay, Rex Orange County, and more. Definitely worth a dive in – find all the goodies here.

Metallica: Live at Slane Castle

Want two and a half hours of rock goodness? Well, thankfully Metallica have uploaded their recent set from Slane Castle. Filmed on June 8 2019, the set features every Metallica song you could want to hear and more. Someone has even popped some set times in there if you get a little impatient.

Miley Cyrus: Bright Minded

Miley Cyrus has been taking to Instagram Live to host her new web series Bright Minded, where she has mini one-on-one interviews with pop culture icons – we’re talking music, reality tv, actors, you name it, Miley is covering it. For those of us who miss out, or want another rerun, Miley Cyrus is a saint and has uploaded every episode to her Instagram Feed and her Youtube Channel. Check out her chat with Queer Eye’s Antoni, Mark Ronson, and more below and then catch-up on her other episodes featuring everyone from Reese Witherspoon to Paris Hilton.

 

Hands Like Houses

Canberra rockers Hands Like Houses have taken live streaming gigs to a whole new level. After having to cancel their upcoming tour, the band took to the stage for their “Live In Ya Lounge” full production live performance. It’s an absolute ripper.

Christine and the Queens

Global Citizen have been providing the absolute goods, with a series of incredible live-streamed gigs from some of the world’s best artists thanks to their #TogetherAtHome series. This one, from the inimitable Christine and the Queens is hard to look past.

Bastille

Dan from Bastille has become a regular on Instagram Live, putting on mini-shows every few days. He also joined Global Citizen’s #TogetherAtHome series to perform a selection of the band’s biggest hits, as well as a surprisingly good Public Service Announcement version of ‘Jolene’. Enjoy below!

Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello

The loved up pair got together to perform an absolutely hilarious set for Global Citizen’s #TogetherAtHome series. Can they be any sweeter?

Diplo

If you want a loungeroom boogie, look no further than Diplo’s suite of live-streamed gigs. When else will you get a chance to be this up close to one of the most in-demand international touring DJs. We’ve picked out his B2B with Dillon Francis, but there is a whole stack of goodies to keep you moving this week.

Yungblud

UK pop-rocker Yungblud isn’t one to do things in halves, so of course, his live stream gig was going to be as wild and crazy as one of his live shows is. He got together with pals MGK, Bella Thorne, and Oliver Tree for, what we can only describe as, a very raucous hour.

Dua Lipa X Flex Mami

Are you loving Dua Lipa’s new album Future Nostalgia as much as we are? Well clearly so is Pedestrian, because last week they gathered presenter Flex Mami for one very fun dance party/DJ set. Whether you’ve dived into the album of not, this live stream is the perfect way to enjoy it.

Coldplay

Coldplay’s Chris Martin took to his home piano for a fun little show featuring some of the band’s biggest hits – including ‘Sky Full Of Stars’, ‘Trouble’, and ‘Viva La Vida’ – stripped right back. Pure bliss!

 

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Keith Urban

Country star Keith Urban streamed live from his warehouse in Nashville. The singer was meant to perform in Houston that same night but the show was postponed. We are also living for his very special guest Nicole Kidman, who is all of us dancing along and having the time of her life.

 

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John Legend

Speaking of dream pairings, we love John Legend and Chrissy Teigen, so we cannot get enough of John’s hour-long live stream. Our spirits are well and truly lifted.

Niall Horan

We love Niall, and we love this live stream concert so much. ‘Slow Hands’ goes off so much more when it feels like Niall is singing it straight to you.

For more live-streams from across the world of entertainment, keep checking back here. Now is also the best time to engage with artists, labels and venues across social media.

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