The Future of Virtual Concerts and Performing in the Year of a Global Pandemic.

Emotion Within Music.

It’s a cold December day and a snowy breeze is blowing on my face as I’m sipping hot chocolate, stacked with whipped cream and multicolored sprinkles. There’s magic in the air as Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want for Christmas Is You’ is playing at the hot chocolate stand and the girl I like and adore twirls with happiness singing along to the song.

It’s like a Christmas fantasy, a notecard from a loved one or a Lifetime holiday movie. The Christmas spirit surrounds everyone as the choir’s preparing to sing a bunch of Christmas carols. The park is filled with lights and you can feel that holiday magic. Those times brought—and still do, even during times like right now—smiles to many of our faces. Music has this sort of feeling. Though hard to explain, music gives off this beautiful sensation and there’s something special about that.

A Revisit to Concerts.

Concerts. Who doesn’t love them? I remember attending many: American rock band Fall Out Boy, the enthusiastic Andy Grammer and The Beach Boys; I remember the meet and greet with Neon Trees, who had a gigantic inflatable multicolored brain on the stage. And, of course, who could forget their first concert? Mine was a Panic! At the Disco show, opened by Fun. What a ride it was to see Brendon Urie do backflips back then. 

Then there’s One Republic, Meghan Trainor, Jason Derulo and the list goes on and on. Concerts certainly leave an impact, a footprint to the heart. But what’s left of them when there are almost none in-person events taking place anymore?

Virtual Performances.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, concerts and gigs have to evolve rapidly, much quicker than ever before. Taking more and more to the internet, concerts have focused on becoming virtual and the live performances, unfortunately, have dwindled down. Concerts and festivals may be cancelled but virtual performances are definitely taking off.

From the Tulsa Opera and Metropolitan Opera to the country of Garth Brooks, many bands have made their way to virtual concerts. Justin Bieber has had one and, with 2021 just around the corner, there might be even more soon. 

John Legend and Coldplay’s Chris Martin have teamed up to launch a series of concerts, called One World: Together at Home, supported by Global Citizen and featuring artists such as Taylor Swift and Shawn Mendes.

In a glittery take with neon colors, Dua Lipa also performed a full show via a live stream concert, titled Studio 2054, this year. It was only $10 a ticket and featured performances by Kylie Minogue, FKA twigs with guests Elton John, Bad Bunny and Miley Cyrus. It redefined the whole concept of live streaming, especially this year.

Back in October, Doja Cat rocked a BBMAs performance with a Chicago type of energy, referencing the character Roxie. It gave fans something to parallel with and connect to. It was a very bedazzled performance with memorable moments.

Sister duo Chloe x Halle have also been exploring ways to take the art of performance to a whole new level. From NPR Music’s Tiny Desk concert from the comfort of their home to performing at GLAAD Awards, they’ve taken their music to intimate settings, letting the audience forget about everything that’s going on right now.

There’s definitely enough room and tools to be creative in the virtual world. This is only the beginning of the rebirth of what virtual concerts can be.

Games and Concerts.

Virtual concerts are, no doubt, catching on throughout apps, websites and streaming services. There are artists doing concerts on games such as Animal Crossing. British virtual band Gorillaz have taken it to Animal Crossing to promote their new collaboration ‘The Valley of the Pagans’ featuring Beck. It’s all about being immersed in something you may be well distanced from. 

The Hype Behind Virtual Performances.

I remember the times when people lined  up the venue around the corner to get tickets. Now, things have changed. We are more screen-focused than ever before; the concert does not have to take place far away from you, allowing you to cozy up in your pyjamas and watch a professional concert live from your phone without having to pay the overpriced charges for food or drinks.

It’s different, yes. However, the lines are shorter and you don’t have to travel a far distance to enjoy a gig. Concerts are not disappearing, they are simply evolving and adapting to the change of our surroundings. Let’s embrace that.

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