6 virtual ways to stay entertained in lockdown

We might be spending all our time in lockdown, but that doesn’t mean it has to be boring. Ok, it’s not quite as good as the real thing, but here are 6 virtual things to get up to whilst staying in.

Performances from One World: Together at Home

Together at Home is an ongoing virtual concert series organised by Global Citizen in support of the World Health Organization. A concert tributed to healthcare workers, the UK leg includes performances from the Rolling Stones, Tom Jones, Little Mix, Elton John and Lizzo – to name a few. Watch it here.

One for opera lovers

Classical singer Andrea Bocelli marked Easter Sunday by singing live from the empty Duomo cathedral in Milan, Italy. Titled, Music For Hope, the Italian star performed favourites including Ave Maria and Sancta Maria accompanied by an organist. Describing Easter as the “universal symbol of rebirth”, Bocelli says he hopes the event will bring together millions of people “to hug this wounded Earth’s pulsing heart”. Watch it here.

The shows must go on

Taking the family to enjoy a night of musical theatre can be pricey – but fear not – Andrew Lloyd-Webber has got your back.

With theatres around the country closed due to the virus, the composer is making some of his hit musicals available to watch for free on YouTube. His The Shows Must Go On channel launched last week with Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. For Easter, Lord Lloyd-Webber also released rock musical Jesus Christ Superstar on Good Friday at 7pm. Watch the channel here.

Online album parties – spend some time with Tim Burgess

Charlatans’ frontman Tim Burgess is hosting online album parties to bring music lovers “together, apart” during coronavirus lockdown.

Every evening, Burgess and friends guide fans through the stories and memories behind some of the greatest albums of the past few decades. Highlights so far have included Blur drummer Dave Rowntree hosting Parklife, former Oasis guitarist Bonehead talking fans through Definitely Maybe, and The Charlatans’ own first record, Some Friendly. Supergrass, Suede, The Libertines and Chemical Brothers are still to come.

Follow @Tim_Burgess on Twitter for full details.

‘Domestic Disco’ live with Jarvis

The former Pulp frontman has live-streamed the event from the comfort of his living room in a bid to engage fans social distancing at home during the coronavirus crisis.  You can join him for two hours from 9pm via his Instagram page on Saturdays nights.

Bring on the ballet

Three minutes of dance to soothe the soul in lockdown. Watch a short solo from Birmingham Royal Ballet performed by Principal Céline Gittens with pianist Jonathan Higgins and cellist António Novais in their own homes

This “gift”, The Swan, specially adapted and introduced by Carlos Acosta, “is a dance about life, about hope”. The dancing lasts less than three minutes, but it’s just what we need right now. Watch it here.


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