The music industry has copped an absolute beating in recent weeks as the coronavirus pandemic forced us to cancel all events with over 100 people, leaving many of us wondering how to support our favourite bands and artists. But thankfully the Australian music community has banded together for Isol-Aid, an Instagram Live music festival.

Huge, I know.

Taking place this Saturday March 21 from the comfort of your own home, you can rock out to the sounds of some of Australia’s most talented musicians.

The two-day festival has 12 hours of straight bangers coming through Instagram Live on Saturday and Sunday, featuring all of our favourite artists from wherever they’re self-isolating from.

“As the COVID-19 outbreak threatens live music across the globe, Australian artists from all over the world band together to create ISOL-AID, a socially (media) distanced music festival,” the event description reads.

“In a matter of weeks, tours, local shows and public appearances have been cancelled across the board and the international music community has come to a standstill and faces an uncertain future. According to ilostmygig.net.au the current tally of losses for the Australian music community, (for performers, production, crew, hospo workers, managers, booking agents & more) sits at $150 million dollars.”

72 of your favourite musicians will be taking part in the event including Julia Jacklin, Stella Donnelly, Yours Truly and Bakers Eddy  among others.

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Excuse me while I go cry in a heap now… ???????????? With our sudden lack of live shows and income, your fellow gigless artist Merpire (Rhiannon), festival organiser @millylala Em Ulman (Brunswick Music Festival/Small Time) and @shannenthescholar Shannen Egan (Turning Heads Agency) have combined their powers to put on – ISOL-AID MUSIC FESTIVAL A two-day Instagram Live Music Festival *Beaut artwork by @sebi.white x ISOL-AID features two days of live streaming from 74 musicians including @angiemcmahon @juliajacklin @stelladonnelly @didirri_ @carla_geneve @harveysutherland @spacey_jane @ainsliewills and many many more. 12 noon – 12 midnight Saturday 21st March and Sunday 22nd March. An Instagram live-streaming festival promoting unity and community. Playing live from bedrooms, lounge-rooms, studios or wherever they are self-isolating, artists will play a 20-minute set streamed live on their Instagram accounts, and then tag-team the next artist to play via split-screen, sending fans down a rabbit-hole of new music discovery. Follow hashtag #isolaidfestival to watch the whole festival back later, artist by artist. As the COVID-19 outbreak threatens live music across the globe, Australian artists from all over the world band together to create ISOL-AID, a socially (media) distanced music festival. In a matter of weeks, tours, local shows and public appearances have been cancelled across the board and the international music community has come to a standstill and faces an uncertain future. According to ilostmygig.net.au the current tally of losses for the Australian music community, (for performers, production, crew, hospo workers, managers, booking agents & more) sits at $150 million dollars. The impact of these cancellations is financial, psychological and emotional, and will undoubtedly be long lasting. If they are in the financial position to do so, viewers are encouraged to buy music and merch from the artists’ Bandcamp and Patreon pages, their websites, as well as donating to fundraisers set up for @supportact See you online. #isolaidfestival Big love, Merpire, Emily and Shannen

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If you’re financially able, the event is urging fans to buy music and merch, donate to Support Act or financially support the artists however possible.

For more information including the extensive lineup and set times, you can check out the Isol-Aid Music Festival event on Facebook.