While nothing compares to a live show, dedicated artists continue to flock to social media for live-streaming performances for their fans amidst social distancing practices.
Here’s a list of the best live-streaming shows and events to look forward to this weekend.
Friday 22nd - Sunday 24th May
Joining the list of festivals who have fallen victim to the ongoing pandemic, BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend festival has transformed into a virtual festival for 2020. Alongside never before seen footage of past performances, you can catch an array of your favourite artist's performing live on 5 virtual stages; The Radio 1 Stage, the Radio 1 Dance Stage, the 1Xtra Stage, the BBC Music Introducing Stage, and the Headliner Stage. The festival will be broadcasting live on BBC Radio 1 and BBC Sounds, as well as online using the BBC iPlayer. With performances from Sam Smith, Annie Mac, Dermot Kennedy, Niall Horan and many more, it's set to be a stream not to be missed.
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Our #BigWeekend UK 2020 line-up just got a whole lot BIGGER! ✨ Take a look at the new additions who will be bringing brand new performances from their homes to the virtual Radio 1 stage... 🥁 @jonasbrothers * @aitch x @ajtracey * @beckyhill * @blossomsband * @thedeclanmckenna * @dermotkennedy * @elliegoulding * @haimtheband * @lauvsongs * @mabel * @niallhoran * @rexorangecounty * @duttypaul * @yungblud 😍
7.00pm sunday 24th May on Instagram Live
Bastille frontman Dan Smith will take to Instagram Live on Sunday with special guests to support the #SaveOurVenues camaign. With over £1,000,000 raised so far, the campaign aims to support music venues across the UK who have been struggling due to the Covid 19 pandemic.
Check out the extended list of #SaveOurVenues events here.
With the National Theatre closed until August, you can now enjoy world-class theatre performances for free from the comfort of your home. Every Thursday at 7.00pm GMT, The National Theatre will stream a new play live on it's YouTube channel and will be available for the next 7 days. Catch this week's classic performance of 'A Streetcar Named Desire' over on The National Theatre YouTube channel. Starring Gillian Anderson and Ben Foster, this critically acclaimed production follows Blanche (Anderson) as her fragile world crumbles. She turns to her sister Stella for solace – but her downward spiral brings her face to face with the brutal, unforgiving Stanley Kowalski (Foster).
✨ ‘I don’t want realism. I want magic!’ ✨
We’re now streaming @youngvictheatre's electric production of #AStreetcarNamedDesire, featuring @GillianA, @VanessaKirby and Ben Foster.
Filmed by @NTLive, it's free to watch on YouTube for one week: https://t.co/pq2IUCOY4s pic.twitter.com/8F122wuajJ
— National Theatre (@NationalTheatre) May 22, 2020
6.30pm Friday 22nd May on Instagram Live
Now in her ninth week of sequins, disco music and family chaos, Sophie Ellis-Bextor will be live again on Friday evening to liven up your weekend. Her glitzy, family-filled Instagram lives have been the star of the show since lockdown began and this weekend is no different. Head over to Sophie's Instagram page at 6.30pm on Friday. Check out the clip of last week's live show below.
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8.00pm Friday 22nd May
Get your family and friends together on Zoom and join Jason Manford for his new virtual take on the Friday night pub quiz on YouTube. With rounds on music, sport, pictures and more, there's something for everyone. Thousands have tuned in over the last couple of weeks to join the '8 Out of 10 Cats' star for an evening of laughs, trivia and good vibes.
Check out last week's quiz below.