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Isol-Aid

A live-streamed music festival series raising money for Aussie artists who've had gigs cancelled during the COVID-19 pandemic.
By Concrete Playground
May 21, 2020
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Isol-Aid

A live-streamed music festival series raising money for Aussie artists who've had gigs cancelled during the COVID-19 pandemic.
By Concrete Playground
May 21, 2020
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With events across the country cancelled and postponed in a bid to slow the spread of COVID-19, the live music industry is being hit hard. According to Aussie website I Lost My Gig, the industry has had a lost income of about $340 million so far.

To help some of those affected, some of the country's best musical talents have been coming together for a weekly two-day music festival and fundraising event series every Saturday and Sunday — that's all online. In past weeks, the festival has seen the likes of Julia Jacklin, Marlon Williams, Hermitude, Vera Blue, Asta and Stella Donnelly. So, order a disco ball and make a flower crown for your cat, because it's time to party in your apartment.

To top it off, this week will be the third instalment of the festival's late-night sister: Iso-Late. Presented by fun-lovin' booze brand Jägermeister, this new mini dance fest kicks off at 10pm on Saturday— and will get you dancing in your living room in no time. Expect sets by a bunch of Aussie artists, including Melbourne-based producer Alice Ivy and singer-songwriter Kota Banks, plus intermissions by The Huxleys and Tanzer. The night will be headlined by electro duo Slumberjack.

While watching, viewers are encouraged to donate to a fundraiser set up by Support Act, which is raising money for musicians and music workers who've lost income during the COVID-19 pandemic and to help "keep our music industry alive". You can also support the individual artists by buying merch and music from their Patreon and Bandcamp pages.

Isol-Aid runs from 12pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Jägermeister's Iso-Late runs from 10pm on Saturdays. Tune in via isolaidfestival.com.

Images: The Huxleys and Tanzer; Bec Taylor; Alice Ivy; Slumberjack; and Kota Banks by Tiffany Williams

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