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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.

All The Celebrity Deaths And Diagnoses As A Result Of COVID-19

COVID-19 doesn't discriminate.

If there’s one thing we’re all learning from the current global pandemic, it’s that we’ve really taken all our social interactions for granted, and coronavirus does not discriminate. Thousands of people around the world have tested positive and tragically died as a result COVID-19, including a handful of high profile celebrities, athletes and leaders. Here’s a list of all the celebrity deaths and diagnoses as a result of coronavirus – which will no doubt be developing. Hear all the details below:

Adam Schlesinger

Singer-songwriter Adam Schlesinger, best known for being the frontman of US rock band Fountains of Wayne, reportedly died at the age of 52 after being diagnoses with coronavirus.

Andrew Jack

76-year-old actor Andrew Jack has also sadly passed away from COVID-19. Jack appeared in Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi and Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens as Resistance Major General Ematt, in addition to providing a voice role for the character Moloch in Solo: A Star Wars Story.

Maria Teresa

Spain’s Princess Maria Teresa of Bourbon-Parma was the first royal in the world to die after testing positive for COVID-19. She was 86 years old.

Alan Merrill

69-year-old singer-songwriter Alan Merrill, who is perhaps best known for co-writing Joan Jett’s hit ‘I Love Rock n’ Roll’, has also died as a result of coronavirus. His daughter Laura Merrill broke the news with an emotional Facebook post.

Other high profile deaths include country singer Joe Diffie, Japanese comedian Ken Shimura, Desperately Seeking Susan actor Mark Blum, chef Floyd Cardoz, playwright Terrence McNally, African jazz-funk saxophone player Manu Dibango, Italian actress Lucia Bose and more.

Prince Charles

Prince Charles is reportedly on the “other side” of COVID-19 after he tested positive for the virus, displaying mild symptoms.

Andy Cohen

TV host Andy Cohen recently reunited with his infant son Benjamin 10 days after he tested positive for coronavirus.

Tom Hanks & Rita Wilson

One of the first celebrity duos to contract coronavirus was iconic Hollywood couple Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson. The pair recently tested positive for COVID-19 while filming Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis Presley biopic in the Gold Coast. Despite their diagnosis, Hanks and Wilson appear to be doing just fine.

Idris Elba

The most recent celebrity to test positive for coronavirus is Idris Elba, who took to Twitter this morning to tell his followers, “This morning I tested positive for Covid 19. I feel ok, I have no symptoms so far but have been isolated since I found out about my possible exposure to the virus.  Stay home people and be pragmatic. I will keep you updated on how I’m doing. No panic.”

Olga Kurylenko 

Earlier this week, James Bond actress Olga Kurylenko confirmed that she had coronavirus. Kurylenko told her Instagram followers, “Locked up at home after having tested positive for Coronavirus. I’ve actually been ill for almost a week now. Fever and fatigue are my main symptoms. Take care of yourself and do take this seriously!”

Thelma Plum

Aussie singer Thelma Plum confirmed last night that she had also tested positive for COVID-19. She wrote in an Instagram post, “All I can do is stress how important it is to be kind and compassionate to each other during this time & that we need to be looking out for & prioritising the most vulnerable people. This means skip that party, bar, restaurant or show you really want to go to & practice social distancing. I cannot stress enough how much this virus has the potential to severely harm our communities (particularly our Indigenous communities). We need to know that the public health system is going to care for our communities.”

Richard Wilkins

Speaking of Australian celebs, entertainment reporter Richard Wilkins recently tested positive for coronavirus after meeting Rita Wilson. Despite feeling as though he has “no symptoms at all,” Wilkins is currently self-isolating. 

Kristofer Hivju

Game of Thrones star Kristofer Hivju has become the latest celebrity to test positive for coronavirus. The Norwegian actor, who played Tormund Giantsbane on the hit fantasy series, announced the news via Instagram, revealing he has quarantined himself at home. “Greetings from Norway!” he wrote. “Sorry to say that I, today, have tested positive for COVID19, Corona virus. My family and I are self-isolating at home for as long as it takes. We are in good health – I only have mild symptoms of a cold.”

Rachel Matthews

Rachel Matthews, who voices Honeymaren in Frozen 2, revealed in an Instagram story that she has tested positive for coronavirus.

Charlotte Lawrence

American singer songwriter Charlotte Lawrence also took to Instagram to tell her followers she had been diagnosed with COVID-19.

Daniel Dae Kim

Daniel Dae Kim, who you might recognise from the iconic TV series Lost, has also contracted the virus. He told his followers: “Looks like I’ll be OK, but I wanted share my journey with you in the hopes that you find it informative or helpful.”

Plácido Domingo

79-year-old Spanish opera singer Plácido Domingo recently announced he has tested positive for COVID-19. In a Facebook post he wrote, “I beg everyone to be extremely careful, follow the basic guidelines by washing your hands frequently, keeping at least a 6 foot distance from others, doing everything you can to stop the virus from spreading and please above all stay home if you can!”

Rudy Gobert

Utah Jazz basketball player Rudy Gobert made headlines last week when he joked about getting coronavirus, touching all the microphones during a press conference, before testing positive for the virus. He was slammed for his irresponsible actions and issued an apology via social media, telling his followers, “At the time I had no idea I was infected. I was careless and make no excuse.”

Donovan Mitchell

Following Rudy Gobert’s positive diagnosis, fellow Utah Jazz star Donovan Mitchell also tested positive for COVID-19. Mitchell was understandably annoyed with Gobert, telling the media, “It took a while for me to kind of cool off and I read what he said and I heard what he said, so I’m glad he’s doing OK.”

Daniele Rugani

Juventus star Daniele Rugani tested positive for the virus last week, leading Serie A to suspend their season. Speaking on the club’s TV channel, Rugani said, “I’m fine. I haven’t had the symptoms you read about in the news. I was lucky despite it being a good hit, because I was the first in our environment to get it. I hope it will serve to raise awareness.”

Callum Hudson-Odoi

Chelsea football player Callum Hudson-Odoi has also been infected by coronavirus, throwing the premier league into turmoil. After Arsenal coach Mikel Arteta also tested positive for COVID-19, squads and coaching staff were put into self-isolation. 

Other athletes and sportspeople with coronavirus include Colombian cyclist Fernando Gaviria, Russian ProTour cyclist Dmitry Strakhov, NBA players Christian Wood and Kevin Durant, Italian football player Blaise Matuidi, and Sean Payton, the head coach of the New Orleans Saints.

That’s not to mention the many government officials, who – along with some of their spouses – have tested positive for COVID-19. These include Prince Albert II of Monaco, Australia’s home affairs minister Peter Dutton, Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, the wife of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Begona Gomez, the wife of Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Gomez, and others based in the UK, the US, Iran, France, Brazil and Poland. 

As mentioned in much of our coronavirus coverage, it’s more important than ever to take care of yourself and others right now, and follow the advice of the World Health Organisation to help prevent the escalation of this pandemic.

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