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Your Fave Artists Are Live Streaming Concerts For You Mid-Lockdown

Coronavirus is no match for Chris Martin singing 'Yellow.'

If you’re mid-lockdown right now, working from home, or even in the midst of a 14-day quarantine, life might be looking a little boring right now. But, it’s not all bad. Some of your favourite artists and celebs have started live-streaming concerts, available to watch from the comfort of your lounge room. Get all the details below:

Coldplay frontman Chris Martin took to Instagram Live this week to provide his followers with an impromptu live concert. Taking requests from his fans, Martin played acoustic renditions of his hit songs ‘Sky Full Of Stars,’ ‘Trouble,’ ‘Viva La Vida,’ ‘Green Eyes,’ ‘Yellow,’ and more.

Following on from Chris Martin, fellow singer John Legend also promised his fans a live-streamed concert via social media at some point today.

Keith Urban and wife Nicole Kidman also jumped on the bandwagon, providing Instagram followers with a concert from their warehouse after his show in Houston, Texas was cancelled. Urban kicked off the performance with ‘Somebody Like You,’ and “audience of one” Nicole Kidman danced, sang and clapped throughout the half-hour show. 

Pink let her fans in on her piano lessons, performing a short rendition of Bob Dylan’s ‘Make You Feel My Love’ via an Instagram video

French singer songwriter Christine And The Queens took to Instagram to give fans an impromptu 360-degree performance from inside her studio. She started the 14-minute IG show with her current single ‘People I’ve Been Sad.’

Yungblud streamed an hour long performance and stage show alongside Machine Gun Kelly, Bella Thorne and Oliver Tree to his fans via YouTube.

Chris Martin and John Legend’s virtual concerts are part of Together, At Home an initiative organised by the World Health Organisation and Global Citizen aimed at promoting unity amid the COVID-19 pandemic’s social distancing protocols. 

The Together, At Home live-streams couldn’t have come at a better time. As coronavirus continues to spread at an alarming rate, pubs, clubs and live music venues have begun to shut their doors. Major music festivals and live tours have also been postponed, rescheduled and cancelled, leaving punters with little entertainment. Get the lowdown on all those cancellations below:

Bless these artists for keeping us engaged and turning lemons into lemonade. This sort of positivity is exactly what the world needs right now.

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How To Celebrate St Patrick’s Day When You Can’t Drink With The Masses

Don't be green with envy.

Amidst all the social distancing, panic buying and self-isolation, there’s a good chance you’ve completely missed the fact that today is St Patrick’s Day.

Sadly, many St. Patrick’s Day Parades around the world have been cancelled due to COVID-19, but that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate Ireland and the Irish from the confines of our coronavirus-free homes. Listen below:

Here’s how you can party like the Irish while you’re isolated:

Wet Your Whistle

While we are by no means suggesting you spend your 14-day quarantine binge drinking, today is the perfect day to get stuck into a good old fashioned Guinness, an Irish whisky or even one of those questionable-looking green beers. It might not be totally safe to throw back a bevvy or two at the local Irish pub right now, but no one said anything about indulging in a few from the comfort of your own home.

Cook Up An Irish Storm

Did you know that corned beef and cabbage – a staple meal of St Patrick’s Day – was actually an American innovation? According to NBC, beef was considered a luxury in Ireland in the 19th century, however when the Irish started immigrating to America, it was readily available and far more affordable. Like beef, cabbage was cheap and plentiful and therefore became the ideal side dish. If beef and cabbage isn’t your thing, why not attempt an Irish stew, soda bread, or boxty, an Irish potato pancake.

Watch An Irish Flick

St Patrick’s Day is the perfect day to Netflix and chill with an Irish-themed film. Some top picks include the 2015 love story Brooklyn starring Saoirse Ronan, the 2008 drama Hunger with Michael Fassbender, the ultimate romantic film P.S. I Love You starring Gerard Butler and Hilary Swank, or for the music-lovers, 1991’s The Commitments.

Celebrate All Your Irish Faves

There’s a good chance some of your favourite celebrities are of Irish descent, making today the perfect opportunity to celebrate them. Some of Ireland’s most talented exports include Niall Horan, Colin Farrell, Liam Neeson, Michael Fassbender, Saoirse Ronan, Sinead O’Connor, U2, Enya and many, many more.

The Kindness Coming Out Of Coronavirus Will Restore Your Faith In Humanity

It's not all bad.

Sadly, the ongoing coronavirus crisis is impacting all humans on a global scale, leading to mass panic and frankly, some pretty unkind behaviour. Over the past few weeks, we’ve seen people resort to violence, racism and panic buying of household goods like toilet paper. 

However, it’s not all bad. Coronavirus has forced many of us into isolation and social distancing which, ironically, has brought us closer together. 

Listen to us break it all down on It’s Been A Big Day For… below:

Despite a national lockdown, Italian residents have been venturing out onto their balconies to sing and play instruments in solidarity. According to The Guardian, it’s not just the southern cities of Salerno and Naples who are taking part in the singalongs. Residents in other parts of Europe including Spain and Sweden have also been offering DJ sets and creating a beat with pots and pans from their apartment buildings and tower blocks. 

In the Spanish city of Seville, one workout instructor ran a class from the rooftop of his apartment building. Another quarantined block held a huge game of bingo between units, and some even emerged on their balconies just to applaud the country’s healthcare workers.

All over the world, we’ve also seen members of the public step up and kindly offer a helping hand to those in need. Social media posts show strangers offering to do grocery shopping or even give a friendly phone call to those who are currently quarantined due to coronavirus.

Big businesses are also trying to treat society with kindness. Woolworths will be offering dedicated shopping hours for the elderly and those with disabilities, so they don’t have to compete with the panic buying masses. And across the pond, Bulgaria is raising the salaries of medics working directly with those affected by coronavirus.

Italian psychologist Francesco Morelli had a rather awe-inspiring take on the coronavirus crisis. He said, “In a social phase in which thinking about oneself has become the norm, this virus sends us a clear message…to re-emerge in us the feeling of helping others, of belonging to a collective, to be part of something bigger to be responsible for and that in turn be responsible to us.”

“Let’s stop looking for culprits or wonder why this has happened, and start thinking about what we can learn from all this. We all have a lot to reflect on and strive for. With the universe and its laws it seems that humanity is already quite indebted and that this epidemic is coming to explain it to us, at an expensive price.”

They’re wise words, and something we should all try to remember as we continue to take care of ourselves and treat others with kindness during the coronavirus crisis. If all else fails, just watch this video of Arnold Schwarzenegger and his mini ponies:

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