Come on, admit it. We’ve all used one of the following excuses.
“I haven’t got anything to wear.”
So what if we were to tell you that these no longer apply? And what if we were to tell you that you can now see great live music without even taking off your onesie? (Don’t worry, we won’t tell anyone you own a onesie).
That’s what’s taking place this week, thanks to UK duo Ekklesia and friends. They’re putting on a gig exclusively on Periscope. No, this isn’t someone cheekily recording a paid gig on their phone, it’s a self contained concert you’ll only see online.
It’ll be an acoustic night headlined by Ekklesia but they won’t be alone. The woman of the moment Janine Dyer (yes, her off the Voice) will be performing. Also on the bill are Nikki Benoit, who we came across recently and from whom we like what we hear so far. Then there’s Denzil Greaves and Saxophonist Simon Lee.
It’s a new concept. But with musicians using Periscope so extensively since it launched last year, it’s a natural progression. Think about any event you’ve been to in the last few months. The chances are, you will have seen someone, if not loads of people, recording in on their phones and streaming it to their followers on Periscope. So why shouldn’t the musicians get to do this on their own terms?
So will we see more of this in the future? Probably, but it’ll never replace going to a venue to see the real thing. You can get Periscope on Apple TV now so at least you don’t have to squint at your phone for long periods. But it’s still not getting to see your favourite artists in the flesh. And we know this isn’t all about the money, but with artists these days relying more on live gates to try to sustain some sort of income, free online sessions won’t help support artists financially.
If that’s all true then why should anyone even bother to stream a gig? Well, there this. You have a close to zero chance of stumbling across a real life ‘in the flesh’ concert. You buy your ticket and go to the venue with their purpose of seeing someone you already know. Whereas on Periscope, people stumble across streams all the time. We don’t know about you but we’ve spent many an hour watching people we don’t know, have never heard of, or have no connection with. But if they’re engaging, we keep on watching.
And that’s what great about this. If you’re able to reach people in new ways and feed them with something positive, that can only be a good thing. If you can impact the lives of passers-by as well as hardcore fans, you’ve reached your mission statement.
We don’t want to ever see the death of live venue performances. But reaching out in different forms? We’ll give a few hearts to that!
Ekklesia’s live Periscope concert takes place on Thursday 25th February at 7.30pm. Follow @EKKLESIAUK on Periscope for more info.