The live music and events industries have been particularly hard hit by the pandemic, with venues forced to closed and touring an impossibility for the foreseeable future.
A new at-home series, Inside Sets, is live-streaming interactive gigs and gala-style comedy sets over three nights, plus donating 10 per cent of ticket takings to music-industry charities. (The other 90 per sent will go directly to the performers and production crew.)
What makes Inside Sets unique is audiences are also able to live-stream themselves as well, so the performers can see their reactions in real-time. So far there are three planned events but more on the way.
First up, on Saturday August 15 is award-winning Papua New Guinea-born, Sydney-based singer-songwriter Ngaiire, and a comedy line-up led by Rove McManus.
On Thursday August 20 catch Indigenous rapper Briggs, who’s also the founder of Melbourne-based record label Bad Apples, which champions Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander musicians. He’ll the supported by handful of emerging Aussie comedy talent.
On Saturday August 22, comedian Matt Okine is kicking thing off with a bunch of mates, followed by Bad Apples artists Kobie Dee and Nookie.
Tickets start at $1 for a pay-what-you-can live-stream, then range from $25 for interactive an a video call with the performers and others, to $100 for VIP ticket, which includes a virtual meet-and-greet.
Comedy is from 7pm; music is from 9pm.