Livestreaming lowdown: Amazon Music x Twitch with Scruff of the Neck, Country Connections Live, Pandora Live and more

Livestreaming lowdown: Amazon Music x Twitch with Scruff of the Neck, Country Connections Live, Pandora Live and more

The Internet has witnessed a huge surge in livestreaming over the past few months as artists and media outlets conjure up new ways to entertain fans without leaving their front door.

Here, Music Week has compiled a list of the best in upcoming livestreams to look out for, so you can keep up to date and carry on your gig-going habits even in lockdown…

Livestreaming lowdown will be updated weekly. Email your livestreaming news to 

Photo: Seb Hakim

Scruff of the Neck reveal Amazon x Twitch collaboration

Manchester label Scruff of the Neck has announced a takeover with Amazon Music UK and Twitch to promote three rising artists.

Lucy Deakin, Glass Caves, and Bilk will feature in an exclusive livestream on September 17, all filmed at Manchester venue Band on the Wall.

Fans can expect to see a 30-minute set from each artist, as well as a Q&A with host Jack Howard as the artists discuss the latest projects they’re working on.

Tune in live here.

Ultra Music X Beatport Twitch livestream

Ultra Music and Beatport have joined together to create a free livestream, which will see performances from some of the biggest artists in music as part of Beatport’s takeover.

Icona Pop, SOFI TUKKER, Chris Malinchak, Marshall Jefferson, Del-30, and FIIN are all set to perform on September 18 for this six-hour event. It will be available to watch live on Twitch.

Pandora Live announces Sech performance

Latin singer-songwriter Sech will perform exclusively for Pandora Live El Puso on September 22 in its third episode of its live event series.

The event is free and will be hosted by Marisol “El Bombón” Vargas, who will also interview Sech, and select fans will have the chance to meet and greet the artist prior to the performance.

Nashville virtual concert campaign

The Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp, together with Nashville’s Music Venue Alliance has revealed a brand new livestream series – Music City Bandwidth presented by Jack Daniels.

The stream is set to help independent music venues and Nashville artists with support due to the impact of the coronavirus crisis, and fans are encouraged to make donations to a local relief fund.

30 concerts will be streamed across September and October on the Music City Bandwidth website. The artists set to perform include Andrew Combs, Brett James, Kalie Shorr, Patrick Sweany, The Wild Feathers and more.

Country Connections Live

British Underground, CIMA and Sounds Australia have partnered to create Country Connections Live, an Americana music showcase starring artists from Australia, Canada and the UK.

The stream will be presented by the Americana Music Association Foundation and is part of Thriving Roots: A Virtual Community Music Conference.

Almost 100 online sessions will be available in this three-day event from September 16-18.

Artists set to perform include Ahi, Beccy Cole, Charlie Collins, Dan Sultan, Ferris and Sylvester, Julian Taylor, Lady Nade, Lauren Housley, Mama’s Broke, Misty River, Mo Kenny and Troy Cassar-Daley.

The event is ticketed and more information is available at the Americana Music website.

Mika to perform for Beirut benefit concert

Born in Beirut, the British-Lebanese artist Mika will perform live to help raise funds for those affected by the Beirut explosion.

On September 19, the singer will perform the I Love Beirut concert from a secret location with surprises from friends and all money raised from ticket sales will be donated to charities helping those in Beirut.

Broadcasted across four time zones across YouTube, the concert will take place at 8pm (BST).

Mika said: “After all the years of civil war, financial crisis and political upheaval, the news of the tragic explosion was unbelievable. Although far away, my heart broke for the families losing their homes, their livelihoods and their loved ones in this catastrophe. I wanted to do something to help in any small way I can. That is why I am staging a live stream concert in aid of the people of the city.”

Tickets will be available via Ticketmaster on Monday August 24, and additional donations can be made here. 

Devendra Banhart presents Ola livestream concerts

Set to take place across locations across Los Angeles, singer-songwriter, poet and visual artist Devendra Banhart will perform in four livestreams throughout September.

The performances will be broadcast on Wednesdays in a series he calls Devendra Banhart Plays Songs In The Order They Were Written.

The Mountains, Bob Baker Marionette Theater, The Broad and the Undeground Museum will play host to his shows as Banhart presents songs from across his ten albums.

Tickets are available now.

Tim Burgess hosts Listening Party series

Frontman of The Charlatans, Tim Burgess, has launched his very own listening party where he invites fans to listen to some of his favourite albums along with him.

From Sleadford Mods’ English Tapas to Blossoms’ Foolish Loving Spaces and Foals’ Holy Fire, Burgess has hand-picked a variety of albums which he will tweet along his live reactions to while encouraging others to join in.

The party will be running from now until October 15 with a selection of different albums every day.

A full line-up of his listening party can be found here.


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