The live music industry was one of the first sectors hit by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and quite possibly the last industry to recover from its effects.
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An ever-adapting community, artists and concert producers alike have shifted their craft online. 2020 saw the rise of virtual shows from the likes of Dua Lipa, BTS, Justin Bieber, Billie Eilish, NCT, Joji, and NIKI. Concerts and festivals were hosted within video games like Fortnite and Minecraft, while massive shows enhanced by the use of AR (augmented reality) and XR (extended reality) garnered millions of views from across the world.
Breaking into the new normal: 20 virtual concerts in 2020
While the world slowly reopens (or gets into another lockdown, depends on which part of the world you're from), expect more virtual concerts and festivals to come your way. From Music Lane Okinawa 2021 to BLACKPINK's first online concert, here are the virtual shows you can check out in 2021:
GIG PICK: HYDEOUT: THE PRELUDE PHASE TWO
When: 11 April onwards
Following the postponement of its physical festival in 2020, Hydeout is back with a brand new virtual music and entertainment platform. Hydeout: The Prelude offers a unique experience with performances from Charli XCX, Wiz Khalifa, MYRNE, RRILEY, Tinashe, and more at breathtaking locations encompassing both the virtual and physical realms.
More information here.
GYEONGGI PEACE CONCERT
When: 21 April, 7 PM KST, 5 PM TH/ID Standard Time, 6 PM PH/SG/MY Standard Time,
Stream it for free here
The Gyeonggi Peace Concert will celebrate the third anniversary of the Panmunjom Declaration for Peace, Prosperity and Reunification of the Korean Peninsula, which was signed by North Korea's Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un and South Korea's President Moon Jae-in in April 2018. Acts that are set to headline the online concert include 'Rollin'' hitmakers Brave Girls and nine-piece boy band DKB.
JOE HISAISHI WORLD DREAM ORCHESTRA 2021
When: 27 April, 430 PM TH/ID Standard Time, 530 PM PH/SG/MY Standard Time,
Tickets: US$15.65, available here
If you're a Studio Ghibli fan then this is a concert that you would not want to miss. Renowned Japanese composer Joe Hisaishi, who has composed for films such as Spirited Away, Castle in the Sky, and My Neighbor Totoro, will present live renditions of familiar tunes from Princess Mononoke at this special virtual event which will be streamed live from the Tokyo Metropolitan Theater.
LIVENOW K-POP PRESENTS MAMAMOO
When: 1 May, 4 PM TH/ID Standard Time, 5 PM PH/SG/MY Standard Time
Tickets: S$20, available here
South Korean girl group MAMAMOO will kick off LIVENow's new K-pop concert series on 1 May. The quartet — comprised of Solar, Wheein, Moonbyul, and Hwasa — are known for their powerful vocals and strong stage presence. Besides delivering live renditions of familiar tunes from their repertoire, the group will also share their personal stories with their fans (known as MooMoos) at their New York-themed show.
FROM THE WILTERN - YOUNG THUG, JP SAXE, LANY, CHASE ATLANTIC, AND MORE
When: 7 May to 9 July
Tickets: US$15, available here
Streamed live from the iconic Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles, this 10-part concert series from Live Nation and Veeps will feature rapper Young Thug, singer-songwriter JP Saxe, Australian alternative R&B band Chase Atlantic, country-trap singer-songwriter and producer Breland, pop rock outfit Waterparks, R&B singer Lucky Daye, rapper Young M.A., Filipino singer-songwriter and rapper Eyedress, hip hop musician Freddie Gibbs, and pop rock trio LANY.
GLOBAL CITIZEN'S "VAX LIVE" — THE CONCERT TO REUNITE THE WORLD
When: 8 May, 8 PM ET
Stream it for free here
Organised by Global Citizen in partnership with the World Health Organisation (WHO), this online concert's goal is to encourage people from all around the world to get vaccinated. The 90-minute event will be hosted by American pop star Selena Gomez and will feature performances from Jennifer Lopez, Foo Fighters, H.E.R., J Balvin, Eddie Vedder, and NCT 127.
GLASTONBURY LIVE AT WORTHY FARM
When: 22 May, 7 PM Eastern Daylight Time, 23 May, 4 PM TH/ID Standard Time, 5 PM SG/MY Standard Time,
Tickets: US$27.50 and US$60, available here
HAIM, Coldplay, Jorja Smith, Damon Albarn, Wolf Alice, Kano, IDLES, Michael Kiwanuka, and DJ Honey Dijon will take the stage alongside a few guest performers at this year's Glastonbury Festival. The global online event will take viewers on a special journey through landmarks in Worthy Farm, such as the Pyramid and the Stone Circle.
AKB48 GROUP ASIA FESTIVAL 2021
When: 27 June, 330 PM TH/ID Standard Time, 430 PM PH/SG/MY Standard Time
Tickets: S$30, available here
Set to be held in Tokyo, AKB48 Group Asia Festival 2021 will bring together Japanese girl group AKB48 as well as all of its sister groups (JKT48, BNK48, MNL48, AKB48 Team SH, SGO48, AKB48 Team TP, and CGM48), who will perform from various venues across Asia. The hybrid event, which combines virtual and offline elements, will also utilise XR technology to create an engaging and memorable experience for fans.
Stay tuned to this space for more updates.
BANG BANG CON 21 - BTS
When: 17 April, 1 PM TH/ID Standard Time, 2 PM PH/SG/MY Standard Time, 2 AM Eastern Standard Time
Stream it for free here
Returning for its second edition, this year's BANG BANG CON will let fans relive past BTS events, including BTS LIVE TRILOGY EP 1. BTS BEGINS (Memories of 2015), BTS 5TH MUSTER [MAGIC SHOP] in Busan, and BTS WORLD TOUR SPEAK YOURSELF in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The online event will be streamed via the group's official YouTube channel BANGTANTV.
SHINEE: SHINEE WORLD
When: 4 April, 3 PM KST, 2 PM PH/SG/MY Standard Time
Tickets: ₩49,000 (US$43), available via Yes24, SMTOWN &STORE, and NNAVER V LIVE from 18 March onwards
South Korean boyband SHINee will treat their fans to a virtual concert via BEYOND LIVE's V LIVE channel this April. This announcement comes just a month after the release of their 7th studio album, Don't Call Me.
Stay tuned to this space for more updates.
PARANOIA LIVE! - MAGGIE LINDEMANN
When: 10 April, 9 AM PH/SG/MY Standard Time
Tickets: US$15, available here
Maggie Lindemann is a rock/alt/pop singer-songwriter who is known for her dark, mysterious sound and her subversive lyrics. This month, she will host a virtual concert, from The Roxy Theatre in Los Angeles, to promote her latest EP PARANOIA.
STUDIO 2054 & THE STORY BEHIND THE SHOW - DUA LIPA
When: From now till 11 April
Tickets: S$28, available here
Dua Lipa's record-breaking 2020 virtual concert, Studio 2054, is back and this time, fans will also get a glimpse of what went on behind the scenes through a never-before-seen documentary. Studio 2054, which was originally livestreamed in November last year, saw Lipa perform alongside the likes of Elton John, Miley Cyrus, and Kylie Minogue.
AMERICAN EXPRESS UNSTAGED - MAROON 5
When: 31 March, 5 PM PH/SG/MY Standard Time
Tickets: US$26.20, available here
Maroon 5 need no introduction. The GRAMMY-winning band, who recently released a collaboration with Megan Thee Stallion titled 'Beautiful Mistakes', will treat their fans to live renditions of classics from their catalogue as well as their more recent hits. Created with the help of director Sophie Muller, the virtual show has been described as a "visually spectacular journey".
HYUKOH 2021 ONLINE WORLD TOUR
When: 27 March, 7 PM KST and 28 March, 8 AM KST
Tickets: ₩22,000, available via Interpark (27 March) and €18.65, available via Dice Ticket Streaming (28 March)
South Korean indie band Hyukoh recently posted a tweet teasing their 2021 Online world tour. The band recently held shows in South Korea in support of their latest release, through love.
GOLDEN MELODIES - TWO OF US
When: 27 March, 845 PM PH/SG/MY Standard Time
Stream it for free here
Singaporean acoustic duo Two of Us, which comprises Pang Choy Ting and Ernest Chua, will take you on a trip down memory lane with performances of Chinese golden melodies that defined the 1970s and 1980s. Be sure to keep an ear out for songs such as 'Grandma's Penghu Bay' and 'A Fire in Winter'!
TALA: THE FILM CONCERT - SARAH GERONIMO
When: 27 March
Tickets: PHP 1,500 (Regular) and PHP 3,000 (VIP), available here
Witness Filipino superstar Sarah Geronimo at a special, one-night-only virtual event on 27 March. Titled "TALA: The Film Concert", the concert will give fans an opportunity to see a side of Geronimo that they have never seen before.
LAZADA SUPERPARTY - NCT DREAM, KATY PERRY, AND MORE
When: 26 March, 930 PM PH/SG/MY Standard Time
Stream it for free via Facebook, YouTube, TikTok, Instagram and LazLive
To celebrate its 9th birthday, e-commerce platform Lazada will be bringing together some of the biggest names in music today for a special virtual concert event. Titled "Lazada Super Party", the event will be headlined by South Korean group NCT Dream and American pop star Katy Perry.
When: 20 March, 7 PM PH Standard Time
Stream it for free here
Filipino metal band Faspitch will perform a mix of classics from their repertoire as well as new tracks, including their latest single 'Pain' during their one-hour-long virtual set this month. The concert will be free to stream via Tower Records' official Facebook page.
RHYTHMS AT DUSK - HARINI V AND ELWIN LIM
When: 15 March, 8 PM SGT
Stream it for free here
Singaporean singer Harini V and guitarist Elwin Lim will, by fusing spoken word pieces and original music, tell stories about new beginnings, endings, and moments of uncertainty in their bilingual concert.
JOURNEY TO IDEALS - THE ONLINE CONCERT - JASON YU
When: 14 March, 830 PM SGT
Tickets: Free, register here
Singaporean singer-songwriter Jason Yu will return with a new EP, titled "Ideals", on 12 March. Two days after its release, Yu will perform live renditions of the tracks on the project, including his latest single 'I Miss You', at a free online concert. Fans who tune in to the show will also get a sneak peek at the song's music video.
ONE, THE STORY - IZ*ONE
When: 13 March, (6 PM TH/ID Standard Time, 7 PM PH/SG/MY Standard Time), and 14 March, (3 PM TH/ID Standard Time, 4 PM PH/SG/MY Standard Time)
Tickets: US$35 (1-day pass) and US$62 (2-day pass), available via Interpark Tickets (International), Ticket Pia (Japan), AXS (North America, South America, Europe), Mecima Shop (Indonesia), Ticketnet, SM Tickets (Philippines)
K-pop girl group IZ*ONE will be hosting their second digital concert, ONE, THE STORY, this March. The 'D-D-Dance' hitmakers are said to be playing two different sets for each concert day.
ZARA LARSSON LIVE IN CONCERT
When: 8 March, (4 PM TH/ID Standard Time, 5 PM PH/SG/MY Standard Time)
Stream it here
A collaboration between Swedish pop sensation Zara Larsson and home furnishing giant IKEA, this special International Women's Day concert will see the 'Lush Life' singer present live renditions of songs from her forthcoming Poster Girl album. Stay tuned to Larsson's official YouTube channel for more details.
LIL'SHAKE MIXTAPE VOL 1 - PATCH AND PUNNET X CHERILYN WOO
When: 6 March, 745 PM (SG Standard Time)
Stream it for free here
Singapore youth theatre collective Patch and Punnet will team up with Singaporean theatre director and writer, Cherilyn Woo, to present infectious rap renditions of William Shakespeare's greatest works at their Esplanade Concourse concert this March.
PAMUNGKAS: THE SOLIPSISM 0.2
When: 3 March, (8 PM TH/ID Standard Time, 9 PM PH/SG/MY Standard Time)
Tickets: Rp88,000 and Rp108,000, available here
Indonesian singer-songwriter Pamungkas will present a special documentary and online concert this March. Titled "Solipsism 0.2", the event has been described as something that will "enthrall" fans who have been feeling down due to the ongoing pandemic.
ANGELO: LIVE AT TOKYO DOME CITY HALL "THE EXIT OF DYSTOPIA"
When: 24 February, (430 PM TH/ID Standard Time, 530 PM PH/SG/MY Standard Time)
Tickets: US$38, available here.
Kei rock supergroup Angelo are set to perform an electrifying set at the Tokyo Dome City Hall this February. Do not miss out on this opportunity to catch one of the biggest acts in the Japanese hard rock scene right now.
GLIM SPANKY: ONE-MAN LIVE "WALKING ON FIRE"
When: 20 February, (4 PM TH/ID Standard Time, 5 PM PH/SG/MY Standard Time)
Tickets: US$28, available here.
Glim Spanky's unique sound combines elements of American rock and blues, as well as their own Japanese touch. Get ready for a rocking good time at their concert on 20 February.
SILVERSTEIN: OUT OF THIS WORLD VIRTUAL CONCERT SERIES
When: February 20 (Episode 3: ACOUSTIC & UNPLUGGED), 2 PM PST / 5 PM EST / 10 PM GMT / 11 PM CET / 9 AM AEDT (following day)
Tickets: From US$15 (S$19.89), available here.
After a whirlwind 2020 celebrating two decades together and the release of their ninth studio album, Silverstein are announcing plans to kick off 2021 with an immersive live stream virtual concert series in February. The band will play songs from their extensive catalog across three weekends. Fans will also have the opportunity to purchase meet and greet passes with the band here.
Each show will be available on-demand until 1 March after airing.
MUSIC LANE FESTIVAL OKINAWA 2021
When: 20 & 21 February
Tickets: ¥4,000 (S$51.20), available here. Free for viewers outside Japan.
Okinawa is bringing to music lovers Music Lane Festival Okinawa 2021, a hybrid showcase festival that will unite Japanese and international fans alike. The likes of Shonen Knife, Sunny Day Service, element of the moment, Takako Tate, ALKDO-Turtle Island Acoustic-, CINEMA dub MONKS, RIKUO, Maltese Rock, Fumitomo Yagi, TOSH; as well as eastern youth, Miyuki Hatakeyama, Seventeen Years Old And Berlin Wall, THE BASSONS, THE SAKISHIMA meeting, KACHIMBA 4, Keizou Mikata, HARAHELLS, caino, Home Party People, Funnynoise, AKKANBABYS, Hanako Kimura, abukutatta, SOLVALS, Naomitsu Shinohara, ecole, and viridian are set to perform.
Alongside the performances is also an international music conference, the Trans Asia Music Meeting 2021. Taking place in various locations, the festival will be woven together through live-streaming, which will remain free of charge for international audiences.
GUZHENG CLASSICS WITH YVONNE TAY
When: 14 February, (545 PM and 715 PM TH/ID Standard Time, 645 PM and 815 PM PH/SG/MY Standard Time)
Steam it for free here.
Z3nith Ensemble co-founder Yvonne Tay will present an eclectic selection of guzheng classics, such as 'The Tune of Qin Mulberry' and 'Fisherman's Song at Dusk' at her upcoming concert at the Esplanade Concourse in Singapore.
YOASOBI: 1ST LIVE "KEEP OUT THEATER"
When: 14 February, (4 PM TH/ID Standard Time, 5 PM PH/SG/MY Standard Time)
Tickets: US$29, available here.
YOASABI's song 'Yoru Ni Kakaru' took Japan by storm in 2020 thanks to its infectious hook and deep lyrics. Watch them perform it, as well as other numbers, at their first ever live concert (which will also be livestreamed) on Valentine's Day.
LITTLE GLEE MONSTER: MONSTER ARENA TOUR "DEAREST"
When: 13 February, (6 PM TH/ID Standard Time, 7 PM PH/SG/MY Standard Time)
Tickets: US$33, available here.
J-pop sensations Little Glee Monster have made a name for themselves by releasing a number of catchy and memorable tracks, some of which have even served as anime theme songs. Tune in to their livestream concert watch them perform live renditions of beloved songs from their repertoire.
JIMMY EAT WORLD: PHOENIX SESSIONS
When: 12 February (Clarity), (2 PM PST, 5 PM EST, 10 PM GMT, 11 PM CET)
Tickets: From US$14.99 (S$19.86) (Early Bird) available here.
Alternative rock band Jimmy Eat World has announced ‘Phoenix Sessions’ where they will be performing their albums Surviving, Futures, and Clarity in their entirety over three dates. Early bird tickets are currently on sale until 10 January, 11.59 PM EST (8.59 PM PST).
BAND-MAID: ONLINE OKYU-JI
When: 11 February, (3 PM TH/ID Standard Time, 4 PM PH/SG/MY Standard Time)
Tickets: US$35 available here.
Band-Maid is a four-piece band from Japan that blends hard rock sounds with an aesthetic that draws inspiration from Japan's maid cafe culture. Watch them play tunes from their latest album Unseen World at their livestream show in February.
THE STAVES PRESENT: GOOD WOMAN
When: 5 February 2021
Tickets: Pre-sale 14 January, 9 AM GMT (4 PM TH/ID Standard Time, 5 PM PH/SG/MY Standard Time). Regular Tickets on sale 15 January 2020, 9 AM GMT (4 PM TH/ID Standard Time, 5 PM PH/SG/MY Standard Time) available on Dice.fm
The Staves will be performing for an exclusive worldwide live stream performance filmed at Lafayette, London. They will be performing tracks from "Good Woman", which is their first album in six years. Pre-sale starts on 14 January, 9 AM GMT.
JJ LIN: JJ'S BLOOM N' TUNES
When: 3 February, (7 PM TH/ID Standard Time, 8 PM PH/SG/MY Standard Time) or (4 AM PST, 7 AM EST)
JJ Lin will be performing intimate sets on his YouTube channel every 2 weeks starting on 6 January 2021.
Click here to catch the stream.
BLACKPINK: THE SHOW
When: 31 January (12 PM TH/ID Standard Time, 1 PM PH/SG/MY Standard Time, 12 AM EST) or 30 January (9 PM PST)
Tickets: S$40 (two-month membership), available here.
BLINKs, this one is for you. K-pop superstars BLACKPINK will be holding their first online concert this year. BLACKPINK: THE SHOW will be hosted live on their YouTube channel. The Coachella alums released their first full-length record, THE ALBUM, in 2020.
Fire from the Gods Livestream: feat Ill Niño and Hyro the Hero
When: 30 January (5 PM PST, 8 PM EST or 9 AM PH/SG/MY Standard Time)
Tickets: From US$10 (SG$13.30) (Digital ticket) available here
Fire from the Gods, Ill Niño, and Hyro the Hero will be teaming up to perform at a live stream virtual concert on 30 January. 'American Revolución' will premiere live on 30 January for one day only and fans will also be able to purchase tickets for a meet and greet via Zoom with either Fire from the Gods, or Ill Niño.
Raising The Bar Festival: Virtual House Party Edition
When: 30 January, 2 PM (TH/ID Standard Time) or 3 PM (PH/SG/MY Standard Time)
Tickets: RM25 (S$8.21) (Early Bird), available here.
Raising The Bar Festival will be commemorating its 10th anniversary with a Virtual House Party edition. The live stream event will feature the likes of SonaOne, DATO' MAW, 0108 Slatan, and more.
Vagabon: Live from Boulevard Studios
When: 29 January, (6 PM PST, 9 PM EST) or 30 January, (9 AM TH/ID Standard Time, 10 AM PH/SG/MY Standard Time)
Tickets: US$12 (S$15.94) (Digital ticket), available here
Following the cancellation of all her tours in 2020, Vagabon has recently announced that she will be performing on a Live Stream from Boulevard Studios in LA alongside her band. Tickets are on sale now.
Sony Music Animesongs Online: Nippon Budokan
When: Ongoing until 10 January 2021, (3 PM TH/ID Standard Time, 4 PM PH/SG/MY Standard Time) or (12 AM PST, 3 AM EST)
Tickets: ¥3,850 (S$49.28), available here.
Sony Music AnimeSongs ONLINE Nippon Budokan is an online stream that focuses on various old and new anime theme songs. The show will be in the form of a festival format and will consist of 24 artistes delivering their rendition of popular anime theme songs such as "NARUTO" by FLOW, BURNOUT SYNDROME's "Haikyu", and more. The lineup includes the likes of Eir Aoi, Momo Asakura, ASCA, halca, FLOW, and more.
This is ARASHI Live (Rerun)
When: 8 January, 9 January, 10 January (Multiple timings)
Tickets: ¥5,800 (S$74.23) (Non-ticket holders), available here.
Did you miss ARASHI's live concert stream on New Year's Eve? Fret not for you can now catch reruns of the best-selling J-pop group's final show before their indefinite hiatus.
Current ticket holders for their New Year's Eve show are entitled to watch one rerun of the show for free. Non-ticket holders will have to purchase a ticket to catch the repeat telecast.
boy pablo presents: Wachito Rico
When: 16 January
Tickets: US$10 (S$13.25) available here.
For one time only, boy pablo will be doing an in-depth interview and interactive live performance of his debut studio album Wachito Rico. Tune in to find out more behind the meaning of his tracks.
NG PEI-SIAN PLAYS SHOSTAKOVICH
When: 8-22 January, 7 PM (TH/ID Standard Time) or 8 PM (PH/SG/MY Standard Time)
Tickets: S$10, S$20, S$30, or S$50 (pay-as-you-wish basis), available here until 22 January, 5 PM (TH/ID Standard Time) or 6 PM (PH/SG/MY Standard Time).
Start your year on a thrilling note with Singapore Symphony Principal Cello Ng Pei-Sian’s performance of Shostakovich’s supreme First Cello Concerto, a work of “unrelenting edge-of-your-seat energy and awe-inspiring darkness”. The programme will also entail Beethoven’s mighty “Heroic” Third Symphony, making sure there is never a dull moment throughout the length of the show.
Club Matryoshka presents: Project Hyphae
When: 24 January, (7 AM TH/ID Standard Time, 8 AM PH/SG/MY Standard Time) or 23 January, (4 PM PST, 7 PM EST)
Club Matryoshka is teaming up with Berlin-based CTM Festival once more for a 6-hour festival in January. Project Hyphae will feature the likes of Sonia Calico, Pistakun, DJ Mary Anne Hobbs from BBC Radio 6, and more.
Click here for more information.
When: 23 January (4 PM TH/ID Standard Time, 5 PM PH/SG/MY Standard Time) or (1 AM PST, 4 AM EST)
Tickets: KRW 49,500 (S$60.02) (HD single view), and KRW 54,500 (S$66.09) (HD multi-view), available on Weverse.
K-pop group SEVENTEEN are holding their online concert on Venewlive in support of the double million-sellers' latest album, SEMICOLON. Dubbed IN-COMPLETE, the show will available in HD and four multi-view screens.