Other festivals, clubs, artists and labels will also be bringing the party to you
With clubs and bars closing and festivals being cancelled right, left and centre – too many of them for iDJ as a very small outfit to keep up with, in all honesty – these are bleak times for the dance music industry. Of course, if you're worried about the future of your own job, or are self-isolating at home because you or a loved one have Covid-19 symptoms, that might not be the first thing on your mind right now – we recognise that.
All the same, life has to go on as best it can – and Defected have just announced that they're responding to the crisis by hosting a 'virtual festival' at Ministry Of Sound tomorrow. The usual swarming crowds of punters won't be there, but the likes of Joey Negro, Low Steppa, Monki, Dan Shake, Sam Divine, Melvo Baptiste and The Shapeshifters all will be, with their sets live-streamed via YouTube and Defected's own Facebook page from 12 noon until midnight. So you can still dance around your living room even if you can't leave the house…
Defected aren't the only ones looking to livestreaming as a way of bringing people together virtually. In Spain, Cuarentena Fest (can you guess what 'cuarentena' means in Spanish?) started streaming on Monday and will continue through till 27 March (at least), while the likes of Laurent Garnier, Shanti Celeste, Saoirse and Addison Groove have been using this period of enforced inactivity to offer live streamed performances via their social media channels.
If you'd like to get involved yourself, there's an excellent 'how to' covering livestreaming basics and the pros and cons of the different channels available here (hat-tip to Resident Advisor for finding this one), which also lists a load more live-streamed events.
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