The best online concerts of 2020 so far: Joji, Billie Eilish, BTS, Dua Lipa, and more
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When the pandemic sent the world into a frenzy, one particular event went into a complete standstill. Unlike everything else, it was difficult for concerts to find a way forward, especially when it couldn't take place in the socially-distanced world that we live in today. With travel banned and major events cancelled, there was nothing to look forward to. But soon enough, the industry started realising that they were capable of giving people something they could anticipate, something that would spark joy, even if it was just for a little while. And so, just like everything else that went virtual this year, the entertainment folk took matters into their own hands and started hosting livestreams and online concerts to give their loyal fans the next best thing possible in 2020. The brighter side? These sessions felt more like one-way Zoom calls with your favourite artists, which felt only more intimate than ever. It's safe to say that expectations were met, alongside an immersive experience with your favourite songs in play.
Below, a recap of some of the best concerts we've witnessed so far, and a couple more that might be worth purchasing that online ticket to.
beabadoobee YouTube Livestream
Beabadoobee's entharalling voice coupled with the sound of a live band is everything. With the release of her latest song Fake It Flowers, she treated her fans to a whole livestream on YouTube the next day.
Monsta X Live From Seoul with Luv
Monsta X is just one of the many famed K-Pop groups that hosted a paid online concert earlier this year — promising their well-choreographed stages and idol interactions with their fandom — Monbebe.
Joji THE EXTRAVAGANZA
Joji had us just at the trailer alone. The alternative singer has given us a lot to wonder about after watching the trailer for his online broadcast, and he sure delivered with a night full of surprises — from the live performances of his latest album Nectar, to never before seen acts in this self-directed concert.
Billie Eilish Where Do We Go? The Livestream
With the world tours of the year all cancelled, Billie Eilish decided to just take her Where Do We Go? World Tour straight to the online world — just to save everyone and herself, the wait. The fans are still raving about it, as the virtual experience seems to have really outdone itself; from breakout rooms for fan art and live chatting to a whole section for fans to find out information on the US Presidential elections.
BTS BANG BANG CON and Map Of The Soul ON:E
Two groundbreaking online concerts in one year. Their most recent one — Map of the Soul ON:E garnered nearly one million followers, breaking the Guinness World Record that was previously held by them as well for their Bang Bang Con: The Live concert earlier in June. The K-pop sensation really knew not to disappoint their fans with a surprising setlist, fully made-up sets on stage, and six multi-view screens for a fully immersive experience for all their ARMY around the world.
JJ Lin Livestream Concert
So who's been missing our favourite Mandopop artist? JJ Lin's livestream concert happened on YouTube where he performed the hit from his latest album "Drifter Like You Do".
Sam Smith Virtual Concert
Clearly the industry is ramping up on all their virtual possibilities, as they take cues from one another. With Sam Smith's return to the stage at Abbey Road Studios, they performed all the loved tracks such as "Stay With Me" on top of their latest songs. And fan interaction was ensured, with the Q&A segment during the stream.
The return of the OGs. Epik High and Younha came together on Halloween, with their first concert of the year — 2020 C:ONTACT SERIES. In an enmesh of VR and other exciting opportunities interact with them over the virtual platform, their long-time fans were pleasantly surprised.
Dua Lipa Studio 2054 Exclusive Online Performance
When: 27 November 2020, 5PM
The dance pop queen of our times is taking her disco fever online too, it seems. Promising an unconventional and unique experience, fans can expect to see detailed stage sets and unseen performances from her latest album 'Future Nostalgia' — in a myriad of electrifying eye candy.
Find out more about tickets here.
Niall Horan Live at the Royal Albert Hall
When: 8 November 2020, 5PM
One Direction fans rejoice. Niall Horan will be hosting a livestream show for the sake of his crew, who has been severely affected by the impact of COVID-19 this coming week. All proceeds will go to his touring crew and the #WeNeedCrew relief fund.