Musicians Are Playing Mini Concerts On Social Media For People
The coronavirus has caused some of the biggest music festivals around the world to cancel or postpone.
Artists have suspended their world or national tours, leaving many fans reeling that they won't be able to see their favourite act up close and personal.
But some of these mega celebrities have decided to give people a show on social media instead.
Artists like John Legend, Keith Urban, P!nk, Rob Thomas and Coldplay's Chris Martin have all chucked up videos of them performing their own music as well as doing covers on Instagram.
Chris Martin and Keith Urban gave fans a particularly big show with 30-minute sets.
Rob Thomas, former frontman of Matchbox Twenty, has launched an initiative to get other big name celebrities to follow suit in the same way as Nek Nominate or the Ice Bucket Challenge.
Thomas has called on people John Mayer like Gavin DeGraw, Counting Crows and Brandi Carlile to join in on the fun.
He wrote on Instagram: "During these uncertain times the entire world is shutting itself down. Part of that means that people aren't going out and enjoying live music or any entertainment.
"I'm kicking this off and I invite all my brothers and sisters in the music world to go on Instagram and share a little something with people to help them while they hunker down in their homes."
The outbreak of the coronavirus has disrupted many things in our normal life.
View this post on InstagramDuring these uncertain times the entire world is shutting itself down. Part of that means that people aren't going out and enjoying live music or any entertainment. I'm kicking this off and I invite all my brothers and sisters in the music world to go on Instagram and share a little something with people to help them while they hunker down in their homes. #SocialDistanceSessions #SDSessions Come on @johnmayer @jason_mraz @ingridmichaelson @christrapperofficial @chrisdaughtry @mattnathanson @johnlegend @matthewkoma @countingcrows @abbyandersonmusic @brandicarlile @gavindegraw @alanis @cyndilauper #togetherathome
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Depending on where you live, your country might have shut down international travel, restricted how many people you're allowed to meet with or shut down bars, clubs and restaurants.
Some people aren't even able to go over to their mate's place and watch a movie.
But Netflix wants to change that.
Netflix Party is a new Chrome browser extension that allows you to watch your favourite Netflix shows along with your friends.
What's more, it's completely free.
It syncs the movie or TV show so you're all watching in tandem and don't lag behind each other when you take bathroom breaks. Arguably the best bit is a chat function alongside the video player to share your spicy hot takes as the programme airs.
Whether you're catching up on Schitt's Creek, dipping your toe into Studio Ghibli's back catalogue or jumping out of your skin watching A Quiet Place, viewing experiences are always better when shared.
The extension is only available on Google Chrome.
Here's what you need to do to download it: follow this link and select 'Install Netflix Party'. You'll be redirected to the Google Chrome store, where you'll need to select 'Add To Chrome' to finish installing the extension.
To start a Netflix Party viewing sesh, you just need to start watching something on Netflix and select the 'NP' icon next to the web address bar on your browser.
Then select 'Start Party', which will create a URL which you can share with your friends to invite them to the long-distance movie night.
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