The Show Goes On: Here’s What Artists Are Doing During COVID-19 Self-Isolation

19 March 2020 | 4:13 pm | Dan Cribb

Artists are connecting with fans now more than ever.

Musicians are a creative bunch and even during the self-isolation surrounding COVID-19 they are finding ways to connect with fans and entertain themselves.

Here’s just a glimpse at how some of your favourite artists are operating amid the crisis.

Keith Urban

Can’t go to your local venue? There’s plenty of artists live streaming performances, including Keith Urban, who performed for fans via Facebook from his warehouse. The video also features a dancing Nicole Kidman.

Keith Urban: LIVE!


Posted by Keith Urban on Monday, March 16, 2020

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Lime Cordiale

Aussie indie rock duo Lime Cordiale are bringing back their YouTube series LIME TV. You can get up to date via their YouTube channel now.

Casey Barnes

Gold Coast country artist Casey Barnes connected with fans via a Facebook Live performance, teasing new material before partaking in a Q&A.

Tonight... let’s take a break from all the negativity and just enjoy ourselves for an hour. Playing a few songs off the forthcoming album and taking a few of your questions. We’re not asking for tips but if you’d like to help out please grab some merch or pre-order the album here:

Posted by Casey Barnes on Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Pub Choir

Pub Choir is all about bringing people together and they’ll continue to do that, even without the ability to congregate in large groups. Couch Choir is a virtual singalong that will see the Pub Choir team release three different harmonies that punters can choose from and film themselves singing along to. Pub Choir will then collate these submissions into one big video singalong.

Death Cab For Cutie

Guitarist and keyboardist Dave Depper offered to play on anyone’s record who donated money to a good cause (he was inundated with requests and can’t commit to anything else), while frontman Ben Gibbard is doing daily acoustic sessions from home.

Ben Gibbard: Live From Home

Hey Everyone, I know you are all really freaked out right now. I am too. And while I’m proud that we’re all doing the necessary things at the moment to help flatten the curve, I know it has left us all incredibly isolated. But because we’re all going through this nightmare together we are quite literally NOT alone. Our lives and stories are all linked, maybe more now than they have ever been. Be it with DCFC, Postal Service, or solo I have always been grateful for the honor you have bestowed upon us by choosing to congregate en masse around our music. Some of you have traveled great distances and/or shelled out large sums of money to see us play and that has never been lost on me. So in this crazy and unprecedented time, I’d like to return the favor by coming to YOU. For the next few weeks I will be playing songs everyday from my home studio. We will be streaming on Facebook at 4pm PST daily. We’re still working out the details but I’m hoping to take some requests and maybe even have a guest or two stop by digitally. The first show will be tomorrow. It will assuredly be a little wonky and glitchy but we’re gonna do our best. See You Tomorrow. xo Ben

Posted by Death Cab for Cutie on Tuesday, March 17, 2020

The Cat Empire

After having their European tour cut short, The Cat Empire initiated Lockdown Get Down, “a movement to help musicians increase available income to survive these turbulent times”. It’s all about listening to more local music, which is exactly what they’ll be doing. Create a lockdowngetdown playlist, share it with your friends and then tag the band in any related photos and videos using #lockdowngetdown and #thecatempire.

First day of isolation, back in Australia, Felix

Posted by The Cat Empire on Tuesday, March 17, 2020


Sheppard will be doing daily vlogs and live sessions. Going off previous content they’ve produced, things are going to get interesting.

Amy and Emma Sheppard - Dutch Pancakes

Should Amy and Emma leave their professions to cook Dutch pancakes? Watch to find out...

Posted by Sheppard on Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Miro Mackie (Dune Rats, DZ Deathrays)

If you’re looking to be productive during your isolation, then LA-based, Aussie producer Miro Mackie can help you out. The driving force behind hits from Dune Rats, DZ Deathrays and more, Mackie is offering up free writing and production tips via his Instagram.

Neil Finn

A little routine can be nice in times of uncertainty, and so it’s great to hear that Neil Finn will be doing daily broadcasts of his Fangradio radio show.

Neil Finn is live now on Fangradio, broadcasting from Los Angeles. Listen at or...

Posted by Neil Finn on Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Emily Burke

It’s understandable that you might be feeling worried and uncertain at the moment – so is Australian opera singer Emily Burke, who is trying to make things a little better with her #smileepidemic campaign.

Joel Birch (The Amity Affliction)

Sometimes you just want to binge your favourite TV series or lose yourself in a game, which is what The Amity Affliction’s Joel Birch is doing.

Hands Likes Houses

Hands Likes Houses will host a free live-streamed event on March 28 called Live In Ya Lounge. 

You may already be aware, but this virus has put a huge depression on us and all of our friends in the industry. This...

Posted by Hands Like Houses on Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Catfish & The Bottlemen

British rockers Catfish & The Bottlemen have released Live at Manchester Arena, a filmed recording of their biggest concert ever, for free via YouTube.

Frank Turner

He may have had to cancel his trip to Australia, but fans can still catch acoustic sets from Frank Turner. The English troubadour is live streaming from home, as well as partaking in a playful back and forth with NOFX frontman Fate Mike.

Hi everyone. I hope you’re all surviving the lockdown, wherever you are. What crazy times we’re living through. I’ve...

Posted by Frank Turner on Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Just working on some new ideas

Just working on some new ideas... Fat Mike

Posted by Frank Turner on Wednesday, March 25, 2020

James Bay

Looking to be productive while self-isolating? James Bay has you covered, streaming guitar tutorials from his home.

For more information about how COVID-19 is impacting the music industry, follow the link here.