See the World from Your Home: 22 Concerts and Shows to Stream Now

As a roll call of festivals and performances are cancelled due to the coronavirus lockdown, artists and cultural organisations are moving their work online. In this first installation of a three-part series, we're spotlighting the concerts and shows to tune into from the safety of your sofa, including Christine and the Queens, The National Theatre and Anthony Hopkins serenading his cat.

The show must go on: gigs and plays to watch online during lockdown

Christine and the Queens

When: Daily, 10PM

To "deal with the ennui" of social distancing, Chris will be staging live shows on Instagram from her Ferber recording studio in Paris. "Guests and weird concepts included," she adds.

Together at Home

When: Available on demand

Curated in collaboration with Lady Gaga, this virtual concert series by Global Citizen features sets from a who's who of headline artists such as Chris Martin, John Legend, Alanis Morissette and Lizzo, and raises money to support frontline healthcare workers and the World Health Organisation.

Ben Gibbard, Death Cab for Cutie

When: Thursdays, 11PM

The Death Cab for Cutie lead singer will be playing a series of daily YouTube gigs from his home studio in Seattle. A highlight includes his new song, Life in Quarantine.

MTV Unplugged at Home

When: On demand

A virtual version of MTV's famous Unplugged series, these sessions see artists such as Wyclef Jean, Yungblud and JoJo perform a handful of stripped-back versions of their greatest hits and discuss the inspiration behind each song from the comfort of their own pads.

Sofar Sounds

When: Daily. Latest schedule online

Having made its name by staging secret gigs and intimate concerts by emerging artists, Sofar Sounds has now launched the daily Listening Room livestream to support independent musicians through the pandemic. Viewers can donate to artists directly or to the Sofar Global artist fund.

Billboard Live at Home

When: Every weekday, full schedule online

Billboard has begun live-streaming performances from musicians' homes, with each artist donating proceeds to charity. It's a diverse line-up featuring Skip Marley, Melissa Etheridge, Meghan Trainor and Kenny G. Past episodes are available to watch on demand.


When: Every Thursday to Sunday, full schedule online

Streaming his first live set on 13 March, the producer is now treating viewers to sets five nights a week, including the country-themed Thomas Wesley Show and Coronight Fever raves. All past shows are available online, too.

Bright Minded by Miley Cyrus

When: Weekdays, 7:30PM

Okay, it's not quite a concert, but Miley Cyrus has been livestreaming with guests such as Reese Witherspoon, Hilary Duff and Selena Gomez in a bid to "stay LIT during dark times" while highlighting the work of healthcare heroes. WARNING: hear the intro tune once and it will be stuck in your head forever.

Grammy Museum at Home

When: On demand, updated every Friday

While the Grammy Museum's doors remain shut, its website is hosting previously unreleased content from its back catalogue, featuring artists as diverse as Kenny Rogers, Kool and the Gang and the late John Prine.

Sofa Singers

When: Every Tuesday, 7:30PM

This free, weekly online singing event brings together hundreds of people from around the world in a bid to spark joy and human connection. Register online in advance. No singing experience required.

Royal Albert Hall

When: Line-up TBC. Latest schedule online

As the 150-year-old concert hall closes its doors, the Royal Albert Home series sees artists such as Alfie Boe and Rufus Wainwright present sessions from their homes to yours. Past performances are archived on the Royal Albert Hall website to watch as and when.

London Symphony Orchestra

When: Thursday and Sunday evenings

Each concert will be available up to midnight on the day of broadcast, and then uploaded to streaming site Stingray Classica (which is currently offering a free 30-day trial). LSO Play also lets you experience this world-leading orchestra like never before, by offering different camera angles as well as masterclasses and stories behind the musicians.

Music for Hope, Andrea Bocelli

When: First aired 12 April. Available on demand

The famed Tenor performed a Music for Hope concert from Milan's historic Duomo Cathedral on Easter Sunday, and it's now available to watch on YouTube. In conjunction, the Andrea Bocelli Foundation has started fundraising to purchase medical equipment for hospitals in Italy, one of the countries hardest hit by COVID-19.

Carnegie Hall

When: Latest schedule online

"Music has the undeniable power to comfort, uplift, connect and inspire," reads Carnegie Hall's website. In this vein, it has launched the Live with Carnegie Hall series, featuring artists, excerpts from past performances and BTS stories on Facebook and Instagram.

Metropolitan Opera

When: Daily, 11:30PM

The Nightly Opera Stream series takes an encore HD presentation from the Met's past 14 years of cinema transmissions and makes it available online for 23 hours. So far, shows have included Bellini's Norma and Macbeth by Verdi.

Anthony Hopkins

When: Once in a lifetime

Not a series or a livestream, but probably the reason you read this article. Please enjoy this short clip of Sir Anthony playing the piano to his cat, Niblo.

The National Theatre

When: On demand, weekly

The National Theatre is posting a show from its production archive on YouTube every Thursday at 7PM. Its calendar includes Jane Eyre, Treasure Island and Twelfth Night.

Shakespeare’s Globe

When: On demand, weekly

The best-loved performances from the "wooden O" are being streamed on its YouTube channel every week for six weeks, beginning with Hamlet on 6 April. You can also take a free virtual tour of the theatre. All the world's a stage, after all.

The Royal Opera House

When: Every Friday, full schedule online

As part of the #OurHousetoYours series, ballet and opera performances are being streamed live and then made available on demand on The Royal Opera House's Facebook and YouTube channels, with a line-up including Così fan tutte, Peter and the Wolf, and The Metamorphosis inspired by Kafka's novella.

The Only Quarantine Drag Show

When: Thursdays, 11PM

Bob the Drag Queen, winner of RuPaul's Drag Race season eight, will be hosting the likes of Tina Burner and Gould Cummings in a weekly show streamed through Instagram and Twitch, among various platforms.

Culture in Quarantine, BBC

When: Various – many great videos and broadcasts available on demand

Billed as a "virtual festival of the arts", Culture in Quarantine will broadcast across several BBC platforms including Radio 4, BBC Sounds and iPlayer, featuring guides to closed exhibitions and museum collections, broadcasts of new plays, a virtual book festival and a puppet show from Margaret Atwood.

At Home with Penguin

When: Tuesday, 5PM

Authors such as Marian Keyes, Caroline Criado Perez and Melissa Hemsley are among the line-up the publisher's At Home series (livestreamed on Facebook), which sees writers discuss the books they're reading during lockdown and taking questions from readers. All talks are saved on Penguin's YouTube channel.

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