As the effects of Covid-19 reverberate across the world, social media is an increasingly scary place to be. There’s a constant influx of information and it’s hard to look away.
Take a break from it all, if only for a second, with Isol-Aid. Seventy-four Aussie artists will take to Instagram live this Saturday and Sunday for the new live-streaming music festival.
The music industry faces an unlike future, and is banding together in the face of sweeping cancellations of tours, shows and appearances. It’s estimated the losses to the industry sit at more than $100 million.
Among the artists performing are Melbourne singer-songwriter Angie McMahon, the delicate (but sometimes rollicking) Julia Jacklin, rising star Didirri, Welsh-Australian folk singer Stella Donnelly, and Alice Skye.
Each artist will live stream a 20-minute set on their own Instagram page from wherever in the world they are. They’ll then pass the virtual baton on to the next act in the line-up.
While the festival is free, viewers are encouraged to donate to a fundraiser set up by Support Act to provide relief to those in the music industry facing mental-health or financial hardships, and to buy music or merch on the artists’ Bandcamp and Patreon pages.
From 12pm on Saturday to midnight on Sunday (AEST).