Artists are playing live concerts from their homes amid the coronavirus outbreak — here's how to watch the best ones

Evan Agostini/Invision/APTaylor Swift will perform during Global Citizen’s ‘One World: Together at Home’ event on Saturday.
  • Some artists are streaming acoustic concerts and intimate performances online amid the coronavirus outbreak.
  • John Legend and Coldplay’s Chris Martin helped launch a series of online concerts called “Together at Home,” which is supported by Global Citizen.
  • Global Citizen’s “One World: Together at Home” event, curated by Lady Gaga, featured performances from Taylor Swift, Billie Eilish, Shawn Mendes, Celine Dion, and more.
  • Artists like Dua Lipa and BTS performed hit songs for remote episodes of late-night TV.
  • Other musicians like Keith Urban, James Blake, JoJo, and FINNEAS have also livestreamed acoustic sets on social media.
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The coronavirus outbreak has caused mass cancellations of tours, concerts, and festivals. But some artists have remained determined to connect with fans through live music.

Musicians like Coldplay’s Chris Martin, John Legend, Pink, Keith Urban, and Diplo have been livestreaming music and posting concert videos on social media. Below, Insider has compiled a running list of the performances you can watch online.

Note: This post was originally published on March 18 and will be continuously updated.

David Guetta will host a live fundraising concert on Facebook and Instagram.

John Parra/Getty Images for The Media NannyDavid Guetta previously performed during a charitable livestream on April 18, 2020.

Legendary DJ David Guetta will host a live fundraising concert on Saturday, May 30, at 4 pm PST and 7 pm EST.

Entitled “United at Home,” the concert will be broadcast on Guetta’s Facebook and Instagram, The concert will encourage donations to combat the spread of coronavirus.

Global Citizen’s “One World: Together at Home” event featured a star-studded lineup, curated by Lady Gaga.

Global CitizenTaylor Swift sang ‘Soon You’ll Get Better’ for the first time during ‘One World: Together at Home.’

The highly publicized event, supported by WHO and Global Citizen, raised almost $US128 million for the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund, as well as local charities that are fighting the coronavirus pandemic.

The lineup for the eight-hour livestream, which took place on April 18, featured at-home performances from stars like Celine Dion, Jennifer Lopez, Billie Eilish, and one particularly emotional performance from Taylor Swift. You can watch the special event now on YouTube.

The Black Pumas will perform a live studio session on Thursday.

Courtesy of Black PumasThe Black Pumas released their debut album in 2019.

The Grammy-nominated band The Black Pumas performed a stripped-back set from their Texas studio on April 16.

Fans were encouraged to donate to the MusiCares Coronavirus Relief Fund while watching, and Toyota made a $US20,000 donation in honour of the performance. You can watch it on YouTube here.

Lewis Capaldi performed a 12-minute set for iHeartRadio’s “First Responder Fridays.”

iHeartRadio/YouTubeLewis Capaldi is best known for his hit ‘Someone You Loved.’

Lewis Capaldi performed an intimate set from his home as part of iHeartRadio’s “First Responder Fridays” four-part series, designed to salute healthcare workers and “raise money for organisations supporting those on the front line.”

Capaldi performed acoustic versions of original songs, including his hit “Someone You Loved,” as well as covers like ABBA’s “Dancing Queen.” You can watch his performance, hosted by Ryan Seacrest, on YouTube here.

Facebook Live hosted “Human to Human,” which features performances from Grouplove, Tori Kelly, Skylar Grey, and more.

Human to Human/YouTubeTori Kelly released her newest album, ‘Inspired by True Events,’ in 2019.

Facebook Live hosted a virtual fest called “Human to Human” on April 11, which raised over $US60,000 for Plus 1’s COVID-19 Relief Fund. You can watch the nine-hour event now on YouTube.

“A Concert A Day” is a 60-day series of concert streams to raise money for MusiCares.

Pickathon/YouTubeMac DeMarco released his newest album, ‘Here Comes the Cowboy,’ in 2019.

Pickathon launched the series “A Concert A Day” on April 8, which raises money for the MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund.

Every day through June 7, at 1 pm PST and 4 pm EST, a new performance will be premiered or livestreamed via the Recording Academy’s Facebook page, Amazon Music’s Twitch channel, and Pickathon’s YouTube channel. Featured artists include Margo Price, Mac DeMarco, Tyler Childers, and Foxygen.

The Tallest Man on Earth covered Bon Iver and Joni Mitchell during a live acoustic set.

The Tallest Man on Earth/YouTubeThe Tallest Man on Earth released his newest album, ‘I Love You. It’s a Fever Dream,’ in 2019.

The Tallest Man on Earth, born Kristian Matsson, livestreamed an acoustic set that lasted over an hour. In addition to answering questions from fans, he played original songs like “Fields of Our Home,” as well as covers like Bon Iver’s “Blood Bank” and Joni Mitchell’s “A Case of You.” You can watch the performance on YouTube.

The Swedish musician is also planning more livestreams in the future and soliciting cover song requests via email ([email protected]).

Dua Lipa performed “Don’t Start Now” with her dancers and bandmates on video chat.

The Late Late Show/YouTubeDua Lipa released her newest album, ‘Future Nostalgia,’ in March.

On March 31, James Corden presented what he dubbed the “strangest” episode of his CBS variety show yet. “Homefest: A Late Late Show Special” featured remote appearances from Billie Eilish and John Legend to “bring some joy and some music.”

One of the episode’s highlights included Dua Lipa singing “Don’t Start Now” via video chat alongside her dancers and bandmates, who joined her remotely. You can watch it on YouTube.

BTS performed “Boy With Luv” from a remote location.

The Late Late Show/YouTubeBTS released their newest album, ‘Map of the Soul: 7,’ in February.

“Homefest: A Late Late Show Special” also featured an appearance from BTS. The K-pop group members are evidently quarantining together because they performed their hit “Boy With Luv” from a remote location in South Korea. You can watch it on YouTube.

Elton John hosted the iHeart Living Room Concert for America, which featured performers like Billie Eilish and Alicia Keys.

CBS via Getty ImagesBillie Eilish and Finneas O’Connell performed ‘Bad Guy’ from her bedroom.

The iHeart Living Room Concert For America was livestreamed on March 29. The 12-hour virtual concert is now available to watch on YouTube, and included memorable remote performances from artists like Billie Eilish, Alicia Keys, Dave Grohl, Tim McGraw, Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong, Sam Smith, and Mariah Carey.

Light in the Attic presented a virtual charity concert on April 3, with performers like Ben Gibbard and Devendra Banhart.

Mariano Regidor/RedfernsDevendra Banhart released his newest album, ‘Ma,’ in 2019.

The independent record label Light in the Attic organised “a very special livestream” on April 3, which you can now watch on YouTube.

The two-hour event included performances from Death Cab for Cutie’s Ben Gibbard, Devendra Banhart, Fred Armisen, Barbara Lynn, and more.

James Blake covered Billie Eilish and Frank Ocean during an Instagram livestream.

Tim Mosenfelder/FilmMagicJames Blake released his newest album, ‘Assume Form,’ in 2019.

You can watch James Blake’s two-partlivestream on his Instagram. His set, which lasted for over an hour, included songs from his three most recent albums, as well as covers of “When the Party’s Over” by Billie Eilish and “Godspeed” by Frank Ocean.

Club Q is an “online queer party” thrown every night.

Burak Cingi/RedfernsCharli XCX performed a DJ set for Club Q on March 25.

Club Q is a nightly Zoom party that’s capped at 1,000 participants at a time. It features a different lineup each night and includes drag performances, mini-concerts by queer artists, and DJ sets by celebrities like Charli XCX, who played 30 minutes of “personal favourites and rarities from her own back catalogue” on March 25. Details can be found on the official Instagram page.

Wyclef Jean became the first musician to participate in MTV’s “Unplugged at Home” series.

MTV/YouTubeWyclef Jean released his newest album, ‘Wyclef Goes Back To School,’ in 2019.

MTV recently launched a virtual version of its famous Unplugged series, dubbed “Unplugged at Home,” which sees artists perform two or three “stripped down acoustic versions of their greatest hits” and “discuss the meaning and inspiration behind each song from the comfort of their own homes.”

For the series’ first performance, Wyclef Jean sang “If I Was President,” the original “Hips Don’t Lie,” and his 1997 hit “Gone Till November.” You can watch the 10-minute set on YouTube.

JoJo performed new songs and an old favourite.

Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for OutJoJo’s newest album, ‘Good to Know,’ will be released on May 1.

JoJo performed as part of MTV’s “Unplugged at Home” series. She sang two new songs, “Man” and “Small Things,” as well as her 2006 hit “Too Little, Too Late.” You can watch her 12-minute set on YouTube or Instagram.

FINNEAS performed songs like “Die Alone” and “I Lost A Friend” on his piano.

MTV/YouTubeFINNEAS released his debut EP, ‘Blood Harmony,’ in 2019.

For MTV’s “Unplugged at Home” series, the singer-songwriter-producer performed two songs from his debut EP, as well as a cover of Lana Del Rey’s “Without You.” You can watch his 13-minute performance on YouTube.

Alessia Cara performed a 13-minute acoustic set in her bathroom.

MTV/YouTubeAlessia Cara released her most recent project in 2019.

For MTV’s “Unplugged at Home” series, Alessia Cara sang two songs from her 2019 EP, “This Summer,” and the single “A Little More” from her sophomore album. You can watch her acoustic set on YouTube.

Coldplay’s Chris Martin performed on an Instagram livestream, supported by Global Citizen.

Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for CitiColdplay released their eighth album, ‘Everyday Life,’ in 2019.

Chris Martin has helped launched “Together At Home,” an initiative supported by Global Citizen, which is billed as a series of online concerts in order to promote social distancing.

The Coldplay frontman played “a mini gig at home” during a 30-minute livestream on Tuesday. The video is now watchable in an Instagram post.

Legend also performed music on Instagram live as part of “Together at Home.”

Dia Dipasupil/Getty ImagesJohn Legend will release his newest album in 2020.

John Legend livestreamed for nearly a full hour on Tuesday, which is now watchable in an Instagram post. He covered songs like Stevie Wonder’s “Love’s in Need of Love Today” and performed his own hit “All of Me,” all while playing the piano. Legend even previewed a new song, titled “Actions,” from his forthcoming album.

The livestream also featured a cameo from Legend’s wife, Chrissy Teigen, who sat on the piano in a towel and sipped from a wine glass.

Legend teased upcoming installments of “Together at Home” from Miguel and Charlie Puth. Teigen called for Ariana Grande to join in and perform online – which was captured by a tweet that Grande liked, indicating the possibility of her involvement in the future.

Charlie Puth sang hits like “Attention” and “See You Again” during a “virtual concert” at his parents’ house.

Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty ImagesCharlie Puth released his newest album, ‘Voicenotes,’ in 2018.

Charlie Puth became the next musician to take part in “Together at Home” when he livestreamed a piano-dien performance on Wednesday, which you can now watch in a post.

The singer-songwriter encouraged viewers to “stay home, wash your hands,” and visit Global Citizen’s website to learn more about slowing the spread of coronavirus.

“When they asked me to be a part of this, of course, I said yes,” he said of the organisation. “Encouraging people to keep practicing social distancing – but why not have some fun and listen to some music while you’re doing that?”

Niall Horan played songs from his new album during an acoustic set on Instagram live.

Amy Harris/Invision/APNiall Horan released his sophomore solo album, ‘Heartbreak Weather,’ on March 13.

Niall Horan took part in “Together at Home” with a livestreamed performance on Thursday. The “Heartbreak Weather” singer played old songs, covers, and a few tracks from his new album, including “No Judgement,” “Nice to Meet Ya,” and “Black and White.”

“The more self-isolating we do, the quicker we can get rid of this,” Horan said in the video, shouting out Taylor Swift for encouraging her fans to cancel plans and stay home as much as possible.

You can watch the performance now on Instagram.

“Many thanks to @glblctzn and @who for having me be a part of this terrific series,” Horan wrote in the caption.

Hozier sang acoustic versions of his own songs, as well as fan-requested covers, on Instagram live.

Lisa Lake/Getty ImagesHozier released his newest album ‘Wasteland, Baby!’ in 2019.

Hozier was up next for Global Citizen’s “Together at Home” concert series. You can watch his Instagram live performance in a post on his feed.

He sang acoustic versions of his own songs, including “Nina Cried Power” and “From Eden,” and even covered some songs that fans requested, like Britney Spears’ “Toxic.”

OneRepublic performed for 20 minutes on Instagram live.

Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty ImagesOneRepublic will release their newest album, ‘Human,’ on May 8.

OneRepublic also took part in “Together at Home.” Frontman Ryan Tedder and bassist-slash-cellist Brent Kutzle performed on Instagram live on Friday, which is now available to watch in a post.

Bastille frontman Dan Smith performed the band’s hits on his piano.

Joseph Okpako/WireImageBastille released their newest album, ‘Doom Days,’ in 2019.

Bastille’s Dan Smith livestreamed on Sunday for the “Together at Home” virtual concert series, which you can now watch on Instagram. He opened the 20-minute set by praising Global Citizen’s work to combat the coronavirus and wishing everyone in the UK a happy Mother’s Day.

Smith sang Bastille’s hit song “Pompeii” and covered the Fugees’ “Killing Me Softly” while playing the piano. He even performed a cover of “Jolene” but changed the lyrics to reflect the current crisis, urging listeners to stay home and wash their hands.

Christine and the Queens will livestream performances every day on Instagram.

Debbie Hickey/Getty ImagesChristine and the Queens released her second album, ‘Chris,’ in 2018.

Christine and the Queens will play music live on Instagram, around 6 pm EST every day.

“I’ll find a way to deal with the ENNUI,” she wrote on Monday, alongside a 14-minute performance. “Guests and weird concepts included.”

The “Tilted” singer also took part in “Together at Home” on March 23.

Olly Alexander of Years and Years performed a piano-driven set on Instagram live.

Kieran Frost/RedfernsOlly Alexander is the lead singer of Years & Years.

Olly Alexander of Years and Years played the piano during his livestream for the “Together at Home” series.

“hope ur all staying safe at home, isolating and physically distancing,” he wrote on Instagram, where you can watch the 35-minute set. “We will get through it together !! If you want to know more about actions you can take to help slow the spread of coronavirus head to”

Irish rock band Picture This performed live on Instagram.

Debbie Hickey/Getty ImagesPicture This opened for the Jonas Brothers on their 2020 European tour.

Picture This livestreamed for the “Together at Home” series on March 23. You can watch the band’s 30-minute set on Instagram.

Vance Joy performed fan-favourites like “Georgia” and “Riptide” during an Instagram livestream.

Kieran Frost/RedfernsVance Joy is best known for his hit song ‘Riptide.’

Vance Joy joined the “Together at Home” series with a 30-minute acoustic set, which you can watch now on Instagram.

More than 30 Latin artists took part in Telemundo’s virtual event Concierto en Casa.

Adrián Monroy/Medios y Media/Getty ImagesJ Balvin released his newest album, ‘Colores,’ in March.

On Saturday, the Spanish-language TV network Telemundo hosted a massive virtual event called Concierto en Casa (which translates to “Concert at Home”). More than 30 Latin music artists performed from their own homes or studios, including J Balvin, Emilio Estefan, Luis Fonsi, and Sebastián Yatra.

The concert is now available to watch on the Telemundo app and NBC’s website.

Pink posted a video of her “free concert slash piano lesson.”

Mauricio Santana/Getty ImagesPink previously said she would take a break from music in 2020.

“Free concert slash piano lessons from my heart to yours,”Pink wrote on Instagram, alongside a video of her playing guitar and singing “To Make You Feel My Love.”

Death Cab for Cutie’s Ben Gibbard will livestream performances from his home studio every day.

Barry Brecheisen/WireImageDeath Cab for Cutie released their newest album, ‘Thank You for Today,’ in 2018.

Death Cab for Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard announced on March 17 that he’d be “playing songs everyday from my home studio” over the next few weeks. The indie rocker will stream the performances on YouTube and Facebook at 4 pm PST. Gibbard also teased the possibility of having “a guest or two stop by digitally.”

“I know you are all really freaked out right now. I am too,” Gibbard wrote on Twitter. “And while I’m proud that we’re all doing the necessary things at the moment to help flatten the curve, I know it has left us all incredibly isolated.”

“But because we’re all going through this nightmare together we are quite literally NOT alone. Our lives and stories are all linked, maybe more now than they have ever been.”

Katharine McPhee and husband David Foster will also perform live every day on Instagram.

Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Breast Cancer Research FoundationDavid Foster and Katharine McPhee got married in 2019.

Katharine McPhee said that she and her husband, Grammy-winning composer David Foster, would livestream a joint performance on Instagram every day at 5:30 pm PT. She also encouraged fans to comment with song suggestions.

Keith Urban streamed a performance in his Nashville warehouse live on Instagram.

John Shearer/Getty ImagesKeith Urban was meant to host the 55th ACM Awards, but the ceremony was postponed.

Keith Urban performed for 30 minutes in his Nashville warehouse and streamed it live on Instagram. The video, which features a cameo from Urban’s wife Nicole Kidman, is now watchable in an Instagram post.

“Even though we can’t be in front of all of you guys tonight, I want to be able to play some songs and bring some entertainment to wherever you guys are watching,” Urban said.

Hunter Hayes also streamed a performance from a Nashville warehouse.

John Parra/Getty ImagesHunter Hayes released his fourth album, ‘Wild Blue (Part I),’ in 2019.

Hunter Hayes also performed live from a warehouse in Nashville, which you can watch now on YouTube.

“Even at a time like this, music is a powerful healing agent,” Hayes said.

Diplo livestreamed two DJ sets on YouTube.

Brian Stukes/Getty ImagesDiplo released an album with Labrinth and Sia in 2019.

On March 13, Diplo livestreamed an hour-long, low-key DJ set he dubbed “Corona Sabbath,” which is now available to watch on YouTube.

Two days later, he spun a more upbeat mix alongside a group of friends, including dancer (and Savage x Fenty fashion show choreographer) Parris Goebel. He dubbed the second livestream “A Very Lazer Sunday,” which is also available to watch on YouTube.

L Devine will stream five performances from different platforms online.

Jo Hale/RedfernsL Devine released her second EP, ‘Peer Pressure,’ in 2018.

L Devine was meant to go on a European tour with pop singer-songwriter Fletcher, but it was postponed. So, instead, the “Boring People” singer announced an online “URL tour,” a series of five shows that were each streamed live on a different platform: Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, TikTok, and YouTube. You can watch her final performance here.

“I thought it would be cool to do something virtual that we can all be a part of,” she wrote on Twitter.

Nashville musicians have launched a series of online concerts called Virtual Festival.

Mickey Bernal/Getty ImagesLindsay Lou released her fourth album, ‘Southland,’ in 2018.

Nashville-based musicians Allen Thompson and Rodney McCarthy launched Virtual Festival, a series of performances from local artists that will be livestreamed each night.

“We are a group of Nashvillians ranging from musicians to publicists to medical sales professionals. The one thing that ties us all together is our love for music,” the official Facebook page reads. “Virtual Festival was founded in direct response to the closures of festivals, venues, and tours due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Virtual Festival seeks to offset the losses of the entertainment industry by offering streamed performances by bands across the country, with fans donating directly to musicians via PayPal and Venmo in lieu of ticket sales.”

Yungblud played a rock concert on YouTube, which featured cameos from Machine Gun Kelly and Bella Thorne.

Matt Jelonek/Wire ImageYungblud released his second EP, ‘The Underrated Youth,’ in 2019.

On March 16, Yungblud played an hour-long set on YouTube. The high-energy performance even featured a brief intermission with cameos from Machine Gun Kelly and Bella Thorne, whom he invited to play a drinking game.

“having the ability to connect with you ain’t gonna get taken away. f— that. i can’t wait to see you,” he previously tweeted. “tell ya fookin mates. CONCERT MONDAY 7AM PST.”

“i want the show to feel as real as possible,” the rocker added, encouraging fans to tweet pictures of their outfits and videos of themselves “moshin in your room.”

APM’s “Live From Here” radio show launched a series of virtual concerts called “Live From Home.”

Owen Hoffmann/Patrick McMullan via Getty ImagesChris Thile is best known for being a member of the Punch Brothers.

American Public Media’s radio variety show “Live From Here,” hosted by musician Chris Thile, announced a series of virtual concerts on Sunday: “Ahoy! In the midst of these strange times, we’re starting the #LivefromHome stage, a digital space for us to keep making and experiencing art when we can’t be physically together.”

All performances will be available to watch on YouTube. The first instalment featured Thile covering Wilco’s “Radio Cure.” Artists are encouraged to post their own performances on social media using the #LiveFromHome hashtag.

Willie Nelson’s annual Luck Reunion festival was livestreamed online for free.

Gary Miller/Getty ImagesThe Luck Reunion festival typically takes place on Willie Nelson’s ranch in Luck, Texas.

Luck Reunion 2020 became the first major music festival to be fully livestreamed amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Organisers had previously announced the postponement of the annual country festival. But instead of rescheduling or simply cancelling, performances were broadcast for free online.

The five-hour event took place on Thursday. Fans can still watch the festival on Luck Reunion’s Facebook page.

The video features sets filmed live by the artists themselves – many from living rooms, bedrooms, or home studios – including Nelson, Margo Price, Jewel, and Nathaniel Rateliff.

Rolling Stone is launching an IGTV series titled “In My Room,” with self-filmed sets from artists released every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

Scott Dudelson/Getty ImagesBrian Wilson was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2019.

On Wednesday at 3 pm EST, Rolling Stone launched a new IGTV series titled “In My Room.” New episodes will be released every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at the same time, featuring legacy artists as well as up-and-comers.

“The first episode kicks off with Brian Wilson singing his classic songs from his California home,” the announcement reads. “It will be an intimate, unforgettable experience that you won’t want to miss.”

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