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Sofa King Fest Is the New Website Curating the Best Music Live-Streams from Across the World

Watch Willie Nelson, Cypress Hill, A-Trak and Diplo perform live and help raise money for artists who've had gigs cancelled during the COVID-19 pandemic.
By Samantha Teague
March 24, 2020
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Sofa King Fest Is the New Website Curating the Best Music Live-Streams from Across the World

Watch Willie Nelson, Cypress Hill, A-Trak and Diplo perform live and help raise money for artists who've had gigs cancelled during the COVID-19 pandemic.
By Samantha Teague
March 24, 2020
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With events across the world being cancelled and postponed in a bid to slow the spread of COVID-19, the live music industry is being hit hard. According to website I Lost My Gig, as of 11am on Saturday, March 21, approximately 274,000 events and gigs have been cancelled, which has impacted 599,000 artists and crew, and equated to about $300 million in lost income. And that's just in Australia alone.

To help raise money for some of those musicians out of work, a group of global volunteers has created Sofa King Fest. Dubbed an "emergency response online music and arts benefit festival", the website is a curation of all the best music live-streams happening around the world — all in one spot, all available to watch from the comfort of your sofa.

Musicians are scheduled to perform at hour or half-hour intervals and have included the likes of Willie Nelson, Cypress Hill, Diplo, Big Freedia and A-Trak. On a more local level, all Aussie artists will be curated by the Mary's Group — who are behind cult-favourite Mary's burgers and the revival of two long-standing Sydney live music venues: The Landsdowne Hotel and Mary's Underground (formerly The Basement).

The Lansdowne Hotel

While the artists are playing, you can donate directly to out-of-work musicians or to the artist's charity of choice, with all funds controlled by the artist and their team. Melissa Etheridge, who's performing today, Tuesday, March 24, for example, will be donating her funds to the World Food Kitchen.

If you're an artist that's keen to be part of the live-stream, you can signup directly via Sofa King Fest website.

As well as raising funds for musicians hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, the website is a great way to get your culture and music fix while also practising social-distancing or adhering to self-isolation measures.

Sofa King Fest is now live and accepting donations.

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Top image: Willie Nelson by BSC Photography.

To find out more about the status of COVID-19 in Australia and how to protect yourself, head to the Australian Government Department of Health's website.

Published on March 24, 2020 by Samantha Teague

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