The Gypsy Soldiers will be performing a show on Facebook as part of a worldwide virtual concert.
The Gypsy Soldiers will be performing a show on Facebook as part of a worldwide virtual concert.

Band set to live-stream concerts to help isolated people

AS OPPORTUNITIES to play to a live audience shrink due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis, artists are moving to the online world to play to thousands across the globe.

Mackay-based band Gypsy Soldiers are no strangers to the Whitsundays, recently billed to play on the cancelled three-day Party in Paradise event.

Although the indie-rock band may not be playing in the Whitsundays, the band will still be playing in front of thousands this weekend – but there won’t be a physical person in sight.

The Gypsy Soldiers will be playing in the newly created online gig ‘Rock the Lock Down’, billed as a way for people to be entertained and have their spirits lifted during a COVID-19 lockdown.

Vocalist and guitarist Tash Hardiman said the online performance was a great way to “get up and do something positive.”

“The concert was created by a Spanish couple who decided to entertain people who were isolating or in quarantine,” she said.

“The idea is it’s live streamed on Facebook and people from all across the world can log in and catch artists playing.

“We’re first up playing at 3.30pm Saturday Spanish time, which is 12.30am on Saturday night, and we’ll get 15 minutes to play to the online crowd.”

Ms Hardiman said as the cancellations continued to come in for not only her band, but the artists she manages, she has “wanted to just lay on the floor and groan”.

But she said the online shows give hope to musicians to “keep moving forward” through the current state of events.

“This week we’ve been contacted by three Australian companies who want to do the same concept of online streaming shows,” she said.

“We know a lot of people in the music community around the region and if we do it, then others might do it and get everyone involved.

“We need projects to keep moving, otherwise I think we’ll start to see a lot of mental illness. We can’t pay bills if our work has been cancelled so we need to look outside the box in other ways.

“We might not make money out of this, but it shows our music to a potentially global audience and lets us reach out to people who need some entertainment in their lives right now.”

Ms Hardiman said the online concert had even garnered the approval of the great Sir Bob Geldof.

“Bob Geldof popped up on the page. The Facebook page had a picture of Africa and people were asking questions,” she said.

“They said it was a tribute to Live Aid and I guess he approved of that.”

The show can be streamed on the Rock the Lock Down Facebook page or on the Gypsy Soldiers Facebook.


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