Since the outbreak of COVID-19, it has become very difficult for people to move in public spaces, let alone gather for a concert. Just as the re-opening of venues appears to be a possibility, Spotify has announced its all-new virtual concert series.
The company has announced a lineup of five groups and artists, starting May 27. The series begins next week with the Black Keys, followed by Rag’n’Bone Man, Bleachers’ Jack Antonoff, Leon Bridges, and Girl in Red.
Though it sounds marvelous, the session will be pre-recorded and won’t be available on demand but will rather be aired at a specific time and will only be accessible through the web browser only. Sadly, it won’t be available on the Spotify App.
The pre-recorded stream will be in the range of 45 to 70 minutes and each ticket will cost $15. It is mandatory to have a Spotify account in order to view the concert. The tickets are non-transferable as they are linked to a particular individual’s account. What’s more is, that in the event that you wind up missing the show, you can’t get a refund. Spotify says that each artist’s recording will air at four different times to account for the world’s various time zones, so choose wisely.
The five pre-recorded live streams will be available from May 27. Starting off with The Black Keys on 27th May followed by Rag’n’Bone Man on 3rd June, Bleachers’ Jack Antonoff on 10th June, Leon Bridges on 17th June, and Girl in Red on 24th June.
$15 (excluding taxes) for a pre-recorded concert does sound a bit odd particularly in light of the fact that it is more or less the same as the live sets which one can easily find on YouTube for free. Spotify, on the other hand, believes it is a source for additional revenue while keeping the fans engaged. You can head over to spotify.live to get tickets for the concerts you want to watch.