We may be socially distancing at the moment but isolating at home needn’t be so, well, isolating.
With its reputation as one of Australia’s premier entertainment precincts, the Valley has long been an incubator of musical talent through live music venues and festivals and continues to innovate in this space.
Clubs and venues such as GPO Brisbane, The Met and QUIVR are live-streaming DJ mixes to get your iso house party started on a weekend (or weekday).
Fortitude Valley-based QMusic has also collated a host of live-streaming options to support and enjoy local music while we’re in lockdown.
Here’s how to bring the vibe of the Valley to your bedroom/living room/backyard.
Sharing new musical discoveries that resonate with fellow music lovers and with what Black Bear has become as a venue.
Brisbane's first virtual club, the Sub Rosa Micro Club is streaming live and uniterrupted in HD (and via catchup videos) every Friday and Saturday night via the website. Follow on Facebook to stay tuned for IRL Micro Club nights.
GPO Hotel has your Saturday sesh sorted with a weekly DJ set from club residents available to stream via SoundCloud or listen to the series at your leisure.
Based in Winn Lane, QUIVR is a community live-streaming space for DJs, artists, producers and music collectors with a nightly lineup of live tunes and daily restream options. Don't miss the live-streaming Inside event – a weekend of 25-plus talented local DJs spinning tunes on 2-3 May to raise funds for QUIVR.
The Met residents have also been putting together some mixes to keep the party going at home. Mixes are dropping weekly via SoundCloud to stream whenever you need an uplifting tune.
Every Friday, let your hair down at home with X Stream, the weekly resident DJ series from the X Cargo team. Head to the X Cargo Facebook page from 4 to 8pm to tune in.
Don't stop movin' – bring the party tracks of the '80s, '90s and '00s to your living room with Retro's Livestream on Friday, 15 May from 8pm via their Facebook page.
Woodfordia Artists: Live Online
Tune in weekly from Tuesday to Sunday to channel the spirit of the Woodford Folk Festival at home. A recent performance from Lior was a live-stream favourite.
5@5 with Camerata
For five minutes at 5pm daily, dial back the outside noise and listen in to live classical performances by Camerata, Queensland’s Chamber Orchestra, and friends.
Up in the Airlock
Check out local and national musicians recorded live during the Quarantine Sessions at Brisbane’s Airlock Studios with the option to donate to the featured artists and crew. The intimate sessions will screen on YouTube and include behind-the-scenes interviews and footage.
The Lounge Room Sessions
Winning rave reviews, the Lounge Room Sessions from Riverboats Music Festival features a different Aussie artist or band every night at 8pm for a 20-minute Facebook Live set from their living room to yours.
This virtual concert series on YouTube is a collab between the World Health Organisation (WHO) and Global Citizen with the likes of Coldplay’s Chris Martin, Guy Sebastian, OneRepublic, Vance Joy and many more music heavyweights using their talents to promote unity during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Listen to two artists from two different countries every night during April, 2020 as part of the World Tour month-long virtual festival. This joint initiative of World Cafe and Royal Mountain Records will open ears and minds to new music via Instagram Live.
— April 2020