10 of the best live streams and concerts you can watch online

The music shows you can’t miss from Metallica to Take That

It’s almost summer and it gets harder to accept we won’t be able to attend big live music events until next year: nothing compares to a live performance of our favorite band and to the feeling of being part of a crowd singing along together.

That said, we’re all trying to adjust to the new situation and so are the artists: with gigs cancelled all over the world, due to the pandemic, musicians started streaming old performances and live sessions on social media and other platforms.

Some of these events will also raise money for charities that are helping people through this difficult times, one reason more to join your favorite artists online.

The list of live streams and shows you can watch is long, but I put together a selection of 10 great events for all tastes.


Met Opera – Nightly Opera Stream

Classical music lovers will be happy to know that, every day, Met is streaming a different encore presentation from the company’s Live in HD series: each performance is available on their official website for 23 hours, from 7:30PM to 6:30 of the following day.

Met Nightly Opera Stream details and schedule: https://www.metopera.org/user-information/nightly-met-opera-streams/



Metallica have recently launched #MetallicaMondays: the band will stream a complete live show (old but good) every Monday at 8PM (ET) on their YouTube and Facebook pages.

Metallica Mondays on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/MetallicaTV/videos?view=0&flow=grid

The National. Credits/ Graham MacIndoe

The National

The American band is streaming their past shows every Monday at 5PM (ET) on their YouTube channel: last week they released their performance at Best Kept Secret Festival (Netherlands) from June 9, 2018.

The National on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dabeorqOnSU


Pitchfork Live Series

Pitchfork is hosting a series of concert session that will take place every Wednesday and Friday at 7PM (ET) on their Instagram. Viewers will be able to donate to a charity chosen by the guest performer. The day before the live stream, Pitchfork will announce the artist and the details.

Pitchfork on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pitchfork/?hl=it


Rolling Stone Magazine – ‘In My Room’ Series

The famous music magazine has gathered some incredible musicians for its special In My Room series: rock’n’roll legends and younger artists perform acoustically from their homes every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 3PM (ET) on Instagram.

Rolling Stone Magazine on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rollingstone/?hl=en


The Roots. Credits/ Mark Seliger-NBC

The Roots

Hip-hop/ Neo soul band and Jimmy Fallon’s show longtime performers started streaming live sessions in April. They’re still performing every day on their YouTube channel.

The Roots on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbZwpdul2Oa5Fl6hxllcSzA?app=desktop


Royal Albert Home

The Royal Albert Hall played with its name to host a concert series featuring some of your favorite artists “sharing their work from their home to yours”.  Imogen Heap and Kaiser Chiefs, just to name a few, are performing this week on May 29-30, 2020. You can watch the live sessions on YouTube.

Royal Albert Home streaming programme: https://www.royalalberthall.com/tickets/series/royal-albert-home


Sofi Tukker

If you’re missing dance parties, the House/EDM duo from New York City got you covered: Sophie Hawley-Weld and Tucker Halpern perform live every day at 11PM (PT) on their Instagram and Facebook page.

Sofi Tukker on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sofitukker/?hl=it


Gary Barlow and Robbie Williams from take That. Credits/ Rex Features

Take That

Robbie Williams will rejoin his old band mates Gary Barlow, Mark Owen and Howard Donald for a one-off virtual live show on the CompareTheMeerkat YouTube Channel on May 29, 2020. Take That are aiming to raise funds for Nordoff Robbins (a music therapy charity) and Crew Nation (a fund set up by Live Nation to help concert crews affected by Coronavirus). There’s no news about the fifth band member, Jason Orange, who probably won’t participate in the event.

CompareTheMeerkat on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/CompareTheMeerkat


Third Man Records

Jack White’s record label is hosting daily live performances under the name of Third Man Public Access: the series havoc already featured Luke Schneider, Teddy and the Rough Riders and other artists and their performances are still available on YouTube to watch. Fans can support performers via Venmo and PayPal during the live sessions.

Third Man Public Access: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7RgzD6Mf1I&t=2s

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