Sounds of the lockdown – escape, relax… or party!
From Beyonce’s belters to soothing classical tunes, these are the musical lockdown heroes to listen to. Add these to your playlist!
Live-streamed clubbing sets sound like music to your ears? What about a concert beamed in from the homes of your favourite artists? Even the most in-demand DJs are having to skip the Saturday dawn-till-dusk sessions and make do with dancing indoors. So, naturally, they – and musicians all over – are taking to the virtual world to stream their sounds and bring you their backlisted classics. Life during lockdown doesn’t have to be a quiet affair (things are tough enough!), so fill the airwaves with these life-affirming sounds.
Big Kitchen Disco
Time: 7pm. Where: your kitchen. Every Saturday night get dressed up (or not!) and enjoy a playlist as chosen by you. It’s social dancing during social distancing, and it’s ace. Go to their Twitter page and select your fave tunes, then livestream the disco straight into your house and dance the night away among the pots and pans. The last discos featured a banging set including Otis Redding. See you in your gladrags among the crockery on Saturday!
Homecoming: A Film by Beyonce 2019
Now’s the time to catch up and do your Beyonce homework and watch (or re-watch for the 20th time!) Homecoming. Because you can’t see her 2018 Coachella performance online anywhere, this is the chance to watch the gig straight from the singer’s own lens. It marked the first time an African-American woman headlined the festival and every second is essential viewing (OMG, the Destiny’s Child reunion!) Grab your popcorn and gather your gals on Zoom and tune into ‘Beychella’ on Netflix now.
John Legend: #TogetherAtHome
Among a star-studded list of singers including Lizzo, Billie Ellish and Paul McCartney, the piano-singing maestro is appearing in Together at Home, a global live-streamed concert on 18 April to support health care workers and the WHO. Curated with the help of Lady Gaga, the event will also feature celebrities such as Kerry Washington, Priyanka Chopra Jonas and our very own David Beckham. Legend’s already given us a flavour of what to expect in a daily recital, which you can view on his social media.
Sheku Kanneh-Mason’s family band
Keen on picking up that dusty guitar or uncovering your un-tuned piano now you’re spending all this extra time at home? If you need some inspiration to play your unloved instruments, look no further than Sheku Kanneh-Mason’s amazingly musical household. Made globally famous for playing at Harry and Meghan’s wedding, Sheku and his siblings together provide a beautiful classical orchestra. Head to his Facebook page and marvel at the family’s jamming sessions on cello, violin, piano…