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Concerts will take a new form in the midst of pandemic.

Ashley J., A&E Editor

Musical artists have been adjusting according to COVID-19 social distancing regulations, which prevent them from performing in previously anticipated world tours, by offering virtual concerts to reconnect with fans.

Over the past few months, musicians like Liam Payne, Dua Lipa, BTS, Niall Horan and Billie Eilish performed in virtual concerts, which have gathered a massive audience.

British artist, Liam Payne’s “LP show” series, first debuted on July 7th, 2020.

“It’s a new approach to a live-streamed show that’ll be up close and personal like you’ve never seen before,” said Payne in a tweet. The most recent show was held on Halloween with tickets costing as low as $10.

“Virtual concerts are an amazing idea, it’s very respectable that he made it so available to show his care,” said senior Jodi C.

There have also been mixed feelings about the effectiveness of recreating the in-person concert experience. Some find the idea thoughtful, but not nearly as enjoyable.

“I thought it was nice of them to try and recreate the real thing, but it wasn’t great,” said alumnus Ethan S. ‘20.

Some fans have chosen to attend because they were not able to see the performances live.

“I loved it to an extent because, of course, I would have loved to see them live and feel the energy in the concert, but the artist made it as personal as possible to make it less noticeable you’re watching them from a screen,” said Michaella B.

While some of these virtual concerts require a pre-purchased ticket, others are free and allow anyone to watch. The music festival, Global Citizen, held a concert on April 18, 2020, in collaboration with over 70 artists.

“The One World: Together at Home” concert streamed for free and was a charity concert that provided viewers with the opportunity to donate money to support the coronavirus relief efforts. According to “The Guardian,” the show raised $127 million in donations.

“I liked how it was broadcasted live. I wasn’t able to go to a Shawn Mendes concert on his last tour. But I was able to watch his performance in this concert,” said junior Krish D.

Over the course of the past couple of months, artists have hosted many virtual concerts and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.

Canadian artist, Johnny Orlando, announced his upcoming virtual world tour and will stream hour-long concerts from November 28 – December 10 with tickets starting at $15.66.

Liam Gallagher, from British Rock band Oasis, will be performing live on December 5 with tickets starting at $22.50. British artist, Liam Payne, held a live stream reacting to his last virtual concert, Act 3, on November 21.

The anticipated yearly holiday special, the iHeartRadio Jingle Ball, will be streaming the performances virtually on December 10 at 9 pm ET, with appearances from Shawn Mendes, Harry Styles, Doja Cat and more.🔳