Enjoy live concerts without leaving home.
THERE’S no need to muddy your feet to experience Glastonbury Music Festival anymore, as live streaming of performances online cater to those who can’t make it in person.
Concerts are going virtual HD in your own home, enabling you to skip the long lines, drunken louts and expensive drink tickets.
It may not be the social experience we have come to love about festivals, but there are benefits to streaming festivals from around the world. This year’s Coachella Festival brought its biggest acts live to audiences online.
Streaming live performances from Mumford and Sons, Kanye West, The Arcade Fire and Angus and Julia Stone, among many more, Tasmanians were able to tune in despite being a long way from the Californian summer.
Live broadcasting online is becoming a common practice for music festivals, with annual music events including South By Southwest, Lollapalooza, Glastonbury, All Tomorrow’s Parties, Bonnaroo and Austin City Limits taking the action live online via YouTube, Vevo, or their own websites. Festival organisers may not be making money from giving something away for free – there are only so many banner ads you can sell on one website – but selling the video recordings as downloads or re-streams after the event is one way to recoup costs.
Apple is innovating virtual concert sales, with the annual iTunes Festival.
The month-long iTunes Festival of live gigs features more than 60 artists on 31 consecutive nights during July, from the Roundhouse in London. This year’s headliners include Coldplay, Foo Fighters, Adele, Paul Simon, Moby and more.
For those partying at home, you can stream them live through a free iPad/ iPhone app – even in HD on your TV – or watch them later. Apple doesn’t charge for the tickets, their motivation is that they can sell the recordings later on iTunes.
Other concerts are live streamed through Vevo and YouTube and both sites’ mobile apps.