Photo Credit to Liam Payne Article by Rachel Pedisich
On Friday July 17th, Liam Payne performed a virtual concert using out-of-use venues and professionals who have been out of work due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Using the streaming platform Veeps, Payne was able to stream his full-scale performance to fans across the globe.
Starting at $10, tickets were available for purchase featuring several packages including those featuring exclusive merchandise. The former One Direction star donated a portion of the sales to the The Trussell Trust to fight hunger and poverty. The show had sold out 5 days prior to the event, however the singer added additional tickets day-of for fans who missed out the first round of sales.
The show was called “The LP Show” and featured Payne’s biggest hits including a One Direction song. But the stream didn’t stop once the music ended- Liam stuck around to answer fan questions, chat about the performance with a few lucky viewers on Zoom, showed the backstage areas to the venue, and scroll through the live chat on the streaming site.
It seemed to be a successful show which begs the question- is this the future of live music amidst the pandemic? It’s not a secret that the entertainment industry was hit hard due to the inability to safely allow fans into venues. Many are out of work with no starting date in sight and it seems as though it may remain that way through fall 2020.
My prediction is that streamed concerts alongside drive-in concerts will be the new go-to…at least for a little while. Fans around the world will be entertained, those out of work may have some opportunities arise and artists will be able to showcase their new work.
In the meantime, check out some of Liam’s biggest hits:
Strip That Down (Liam Payne feat Quavo)
Get Low (Zedd & Liam Payne)
Midnight (Alesso ft. Liam Payne)
Familiar (Liam Payne & J. Balvin)
Bedroom Floor (Liam Payne)