As the COVID-19 outbreak threatens live music across the globe, musicians in Australia have banded together to create ISOL-AID, a socially (media) distanced music festival.
In a matter of weeks, tours, local shows and public appearances have been cancelled across the board and the international music community has come to a standstill and faces an uncertain future. According to ilostmygig.net.au the current tally of losses for the Australian music community, (for performers, production, crew, hospo workers, managers, booking agents & more) sits at $200 million dollars.
The impact of these cancellations is financial, psychological and emotional, and will undoubtedly be long-lasting.
In response to this crisis, we introduce ISOL-AID – a two-day live streaming festival running from 12 noon till 12 midnight on both Saturday 21st March and Sunday 22nd March with the aim of promoting unity and community.
Playing live from bedrooms, lounge-rooms, studios or wherever they are self-isolating, 74 musicians including Angie McMahon, Julia Jacklin, Stella Donnelly, Alice Skye, Didirri, Harvey Sutherland, Merpire, Alexander Biggs, Romy (RVG), Good Morning, Ainslie Wills, Hayley Mary, Spacey Jane, Yours Truly, CLEWS and many many more, will play a 20-minute set streamed live on their Instagram accounts, and then tag-team the next artist to play, sending fans down a rabbit-hole of new music discovery.
If they are in the financial position to do so, viewers are encouraged to buy music and merch from the artists’ Bandcamp and Patreon pages, their websites, as well as donating to a fundraiser set up for Support Act which provides relief for music industry workers facing mental health issues or financial hardship via links in artists’ Instagram profiles.
Stream, listen, buy, and donate – whatever is within your means.
ISOL-AID will run from 12 noon till 12 midnight Saturday 21st March and Sunday 22nd March. Check out the FB event here.