FES­TI­VAL FEVER

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Front Page -

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.

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