Live gigs keep music alive

''Twice Shy'' music artists Josh Tooth and Rachel Chetcuti livestream a performance on Facebook.

By Brendan Rees

As musicians try to weather the coronavirus storm, a Lynbrook man has found a way for talented voices to still be heard.

At at time where people hunkered down at home due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Scott Watson decided to create a livestream Facebook concert to support local music artists while keeping people entertained at their homes.

Through the Facebook group ‘Friday Night @ Home,’ which has attracted more than 1000 followers, viewers tuned in on Friday night, 27 March to watch the first act perform, a duo called ‘Twice Shy’ featuring Josh Tooth and Rachel Chetcuti, which resulted in more than 200 tickets being sold on the night.

“It’s gathering a bit of speed which is awesome,” Mr Watson said, who is also president of the Lynbrook Residents Association.

Followers are encouraged to buy a ticket for $2 plus a 50 cent booking fee through TryBooking – however people are still able to view concerts on the Facebook page without a fee.

“Obviously we’re relying on people to do the right thing,” he said, as all proceeds of ticket sales (minus the booking fee) go towards the artists during this difficult time.

Mr Watson, who works in major events, said: “We have a few acts lined up. I don’t think there will be any shortage of talent which is awesome.”

Through the livestream, people can comment and interact with the musicians as well as other viewers.

Last Friday, viewers posted photos on the Facebook page of the concert hooked up to their TVs while kicking back on their couches and enjoying the fun.

Mr Watson said the idea came about after speaking to a mate to get the community together.

“If it gets really popular maybe we’ll make it Saturday night as well.”  

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