All the livestreams by Asian artists and festivals to catch in 2020

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Asia music livestream virtual concerts 2020 COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic
Malaysia singer Yuna, Indonesian band Reality Club. Credits: Frank Hoensch/Redferns, Press

The COVID-19 pandemic rages on, but that doesn’t mean music is dead. Here’s how you can catch your favourite Asian artists online this year, whether it’s in a livestream they’ve pulled together or a massive virtual event organised by seasoned festival promoters.

Got a livestream or virtual concert you think NME readers would be interested in? Email us at editors-asia@nme.com.

Endank Soekamti, Indonesia

When: September 25, 2020, 8pm
More info: Tiket.com

The next artist SuperMusicID have gotten for their This Is My Wave Concert series is Endank Soekamti. The rock trio will be giving a full acoustic performance, and as usual, there will be opportunities to get your hands on merchandise and participate in a live chat with the band via Zoom.

Overpass Music Festival

When: September 26, 2020
More info: Overpass Music Festival official website

Overpass Music Festival was supposed to make its debut in Orange County, California this year, but it will now instead stage its maiden edition online to a global audience.

The lineup is led by top-tier K-pop talent: Baekhyun of EXO, Winner rapper Mino and singer Gray lead the way. They’re followed by Malaysian R&B star Yuna, Filipino artist James Reid and Thailand’s own Phum Viphurit.

One-time access to the livestream costs US$8, though a US$90 merch bundle is also available. Head to the festival website to find out more.

GigaFest Virtual Concert, Philippines

When: September 26, 6.30pm
Livestream location: GigaFest Concert Facebook Live event

Nadine Lustre, James Reid, KZ  Tandingan and Curtismith have been lined up for Smart Communications’ GigaFest Virtual Concert. Besides the performances, there will also be pre-show activities and prizes to be won throughout the livestream.

You're in for GIGA fun at the #SmartGigaFest concert. Catch your favorite local artists perform live, and get a chance to win awesome prizes. Save the date! More details at http://smrt.ph/gigafestconcert

Posted by Smart Communications, Inc. on Saturday, September 19, 2020

Peatix Online Event Festival, Singapore and Malaysia

When: September 26, 11am-11pm
More info: Peatix

Event organisers from Singapore and Malaysia are coming together for a multifaceted online event under the banner of event company Peatix. On the music front, Singaporean rapper Masia One will preview her upcoming EP ‘Freedom Fades’ backed by a three-piece live band, and in between the songs talk to various organisers from Malaysia and the United States.

Maker Records will present the second edition of its Crossroads programme, which is centered on unexpected collaborations between artists. For the Peatix festival, Singaporean indie rock band Bakers in Space will be paired with alternative rock artist per[sona. There will also be an acoustic singer-songwriter showcase featuring Malaysian female talent, led by jazz singer Dani Komari.

We The Fest: Virtual Home Edition, Indonesia

When: September 26 to 27, 2020
More info: We The Fest official website

We The Fest, the Ismaya Live festival that has become a standout on Jakarta’s summer calendar, will be launching a virtual, homebound event that promises to be everything the IRL fest is. The best part? It’s free (though registration is required).

The two-day affair will see performances from headliners Lewis Capaldi, Oh Wonder and Masego, with a strong supporting lineup that includes Autograf, Chilli.Dip, Yura Yunita, Keshi and more.

Local artists set to perform include Gabber Modus Operandi, Patricia Schuldtz, Kalula, Hondo, Diskoria, Moon Gang, Jason Ranti, Hindia and many more.

Beyond The Label Fest 2020, Singapore

When: September 27, 8pm
Livestream location: Beyond the Label official Facebook

Singapore’s Beyond The Label campaign, which aims to fight stigma against those with mental illnesses, has organised a huge virtual concert featuring some of the biggest names in Singapore music.

Kit Chan, Ramli Sarip, Stefanie Sun and Taufik Batisah lead the line-up, which also includes NEKO Highway, Tosh Zhang and Jack & Rai. Artists Benjamin Kheng and Inch Chua are slated to host.

Posted by Beyond The Label on Saturday, September 19, 2020

The Observatory, Singapore

When: October 5, 1-2pm
Livestream location: LASALLE College of the Arts official YouTube channel

Singapore avant garde stalwarts The Observatory will be giving their first performance in a long time for LASALLE College of the Arts’ lunchtime concert series. Expect a bracing mid-day dose of atonal electronics and freewheeling improvisation from Yuen Chee Wai, Dharma and Cheryl Ong.

This livestream comes the week after The Obs release ‘Authority Is Alive’, a live album recorded with Keiji Haino at the Playfreely Festival in Singapore last November.

Flock At The Nest, Singapore

When: October 9, 8-9pm
More info: 24OWLS

The organisers of the 2019 Singapore festival Alex Blake Charlie Sessions are returning with a new concert series, Flock At The Nest, which is going virtual in light of the ongoing pandemic. Benjamin Kheng, Marian Carmel and lewloh will play the first edition, filming their performances at The Nest, a new performance venue within a decommissioned power station-turned-huge event space.

Sonik Philippines

When: October 16 to 18, 2020
More info: Sonik Philippines Facebook page

Music conference and festival Sonik Philippines debuted last year, and is coming back strong with a pandemic-appropriate virtual event. Sonik, which is organised by Homonym and Hyphen Music, has tapped Itchyworms, Jason Dhakal, Lourdes, Pamphleteer, Leanne & Naara and Flu to perform for its full 2020 programme. The list of speakers also includes music industry figures from the United States, Europe and, of course, the Philippines.

Pre-registration for early bird tickets is now available here. There are currently two categories: a PHP800+ option for one day of talks and one day of performances, and a PHP1,200+ option for two days of talks and all performances.

Hydeout Festival, Singapore

When: November 2020
More info: Hydeout Facebook page

EDM and hip-hop festival Hydeout was due to debut in Singapore this April, but was forced to postpone to October due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. In August, the festival officially announced it would not take place in a physical format this year.

Instead, Hydeout will go digital in November. A number of artists slated for the physical festival will return for the virtual event, which has been dubbed Hydeout World: The Prelude. These include Rita Ora, Tinashe, Martin Garrix, Sam Feldt, Yellow Claw and more. Key details, including dates, how the livestream will take place and whether it will be ticketed, have yet to be announced.

Events That Have Ended:

#RESSOnited, Indonesia

When: August 17 to 19, 2020, from 8pm
Livestream location: The Resso app and links on its social media platforms

Resso – a music streaming app from Bytedance, the owner of TikTok – will be celebrating Indonesia’s 75th Independence Day with virtual concerts starring Indonesian artists. The three-day event #RESSOnited will feature pop singer Rahmania Atrini, surf rockers The Panturas, Rizky Febian, indie group Reality Club, Fourtwnty and neo-soul crooner Oslo Ibrahim in collaboration with Romantic Echoes.

The lineup was chosen to champion genre diversity, and was based also on the artists’ popularity on the app. Resso Indonesia’s head of music and content Christo Putra told the Jakarta Post that the concerts will also be accessible for those who haven’t downloaded the app.

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Two Songs and a Story, Singapore

When: August 6 to 31, 2020
Livestream location: Sistic

This music-meets-theatre production from Singapore’s Checkpoint Theatre presents solo performances by five actresses and musicians: ants chua (performing “at least I have words now”), Inch Chua (“Super Q”), Jo Tan (“A Bit”), Rebekah Sangeetha Dorai (“And Then I Am Light”) and Weish (“Be Here, With Me”). Directed and dramaturged by theatre luminary Huzir Sulaiman in collaboration with Joel Lim, Two Songs and a Story is streaming until the end of the month. A $15 ticket (excluding the booking fee) gives 72-hour access from the ticket date.

Oranges & Lemons, Philippines

When: August 21, 2020, 6pm
More info: Event page on Lilystars Records official site

Oranges & Lemons’ sophomore album ‘Strike While the Iron is Hot’ turns 15 this year. The Filipino pop rock band will mark the anniversary with a special anniversary online show, where they’ll perform all songs in the breakout record in full. Joining them for this ticketed livestream – which will take place in a private Facebook group – is Bulacan-based actor/comedian Empoy Marquez.

Tickets start at P200, and a portion of proceeds will be donated to one of Orange & Lemons’ handlers Antonette Maniquis, who recently suffered a stroke.

IT'S HAPPENING! A full band online concert by Orange & Lemons performing all the songs in the 2nd album to celebrate its…

Posted by Orange & Lemons on Thursday, July 30, 2020

Grab’s Pesta Satu7-an, Indonesia

When: August 21, 2020, 7pm
More info: Grab app

Grab is throwing a virtual concert dubbed Pesta Satu7-an to celebrate Indonesia’s Independence Day, with a pretty novel competition to secure tickets: As the Jakarta Post reports, users will compete in a virtual panjat pinang contest. The pole climbing race is a traditional game during Indonesia’s Independence Day celebrations.

Grab’s version of panjat pinang involves making transactions on the ride-hailing app. Those who rack up the highest number of transactions will secure tickets to the concert, which features singers Marion Jola and Kikan Namara, the band GIGI and popular DJs Diskoria and Dipha Barus.

Baybeats 2020, Singapore

When: August 21 to 23, 2020, from 8pm
Livestream location: Official Baybeats website

This year, Singapore’s most beloved music festival – usually held at the Esplanade – goes online. Baybeats has played host to a number of stellar international and regional acts over the years, but all the performing acts this year will be Singaporean, a decision perhaps made to minimise technical difficulties.

Standouts playing 15-minute acoustic sets include popular singer-songwriter Charlie Lim and math rock emo outfit Forests, joined by rock bands Mannequins, Dreebsby, Bakers In Space and more.

On the other end of the spectrum are the ‘chapalang sessions’ – named after Singaporean slang that means “mishmash” – with punk veterans Iman’s League, rising artist-producer YAO and math rock bands ANECHOIS and Two Seas, both of which have been laying low for some time.

Baybeats will also plumb the archives for three throwback broadcasts: old live sets by Singaporean favourites Force Vomit and B-Quartet as well as Indonesian outfit The Trees & The Wild. Panels with music industry heads and in-person interviews with Baybeats 2019 alums Franco (of the Philippines) and Reality Club (of Indonesia) round out the festivities.

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Gary Valenciano, Philippines

When: August 22, 2020, 9pm
Livestream location: Gary Valenciano official Facebook

Gary Valenciano’s Faith Hope Love concert in June went over so well that the Filipino singer will restage the virtual gig on August 22 via Facebook Live. A number of guests, including Valenciano’s own children, will appear. Over October frontman Josh Buizon – who is Valenciano’s nephew – is also involved, MYX reported. The concert will fundraise for the ABS-CBN Foundation’s Pantawid ng Pag-ibig program, which provides food and basic necessities to Filipinos affected by quarantine.

Linggo ng Musikang Pilipino 2020, Philippines

When: August 23 to 28, 2020
More info: Official LMP website

Linggo ng Musikang Pilipino (LMP) will go online this year. For the 2020 digital edition, the annual festival will celebrate Filipino music with a variety of events: there’ll be online busking sessions, group performances, talks and workshops. The festivities will culminate in a Grand Finale Concert on August 28 featuring Itchyworms, Clara Benin, Noel Cabangon, Christian Bautista and more.

LMP is organised by Organisasyon ng Pilipinong Mang-Aawit (OPM) and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA). Head to its official website to find out more about the myriad performers and other events available.

Songwriting For Hope Showcase, Singapore

When: August 26, 2020, 8pm
More info: Official Esplanade event page

Every August, the Esplanade commemorates Singapore’s National Day with a series of Lion City-centric programming known as Red Dot August. This year’s bill features a heartwarming collaboration: Weish, aka half of acclaimed electronic duo .gif, and musician Crystal Ong – the founder of Diamonds On The Street, a social enterprise that works with at-risk youth – to perform original songs written by youth from the Singapore Girls’ Home who participated in the Esplanade’s Songwriting For Hope project.

Though the 30-minute performance will premiere on August 26, it will be accessible online until September 7.

Iman’s League, Singapore

When: September 4, 2020, 6pm
More info: Iman’s League Facebook page

Singapore punk band Iman’s League released their latest album ‘Dead Planet’ in February, and managed to squeeze in a short tour of Indonesia in March before lockdown ensued.

They’ll be launching the album proper on September 4 with a livestream from The Basement Studio, where they will play the record in its entirety and also discuss the production process and the meaning behind every song.

No Good, Malaysia

When: September 6, 2020, 10pm
Livestream location: Bising Live! Facebook page

Rising Malaysian punk trio No Good will be the very first band to play the new livestream series Bising Live!. The group – made up of members of Killeur Calculateur and Dirgahayu – only have a demo EP under their belt, but have already made a name for themselves with their buzzsaw tunes sung in Kelantanese.

This Is My Wave Concert – Jason Ranti, Indonesia

When: September 11, 2020, 8pm
More info: Tiket.com

Indonesia’s Jason Ranti will perform a virtual, 360 degree concert experience on Friday, September 11, in collaboration with This Is My Wave.

The hour-long virtual concert will be a ticketed affair, with passes currently available for purchase at tiket.com. Two ticketing options are available, a 360 degree experience, which comes with a VR headset, and a standard concert experience. Both ticket bundles come with a Jason Ranti face mask and t-shrt.

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Jazz Anthology by Aya Sekine Trio + Special Guests, Singapore

When: September 13, 2020, 8pm
More info: Peatix

Peatix Singapore has collaborated with iconic Japanese jazz pianist, Aya Sekine to present the Jazz Antholgy concert on Sunday, September 13.

The ticketed performance will be headlined by Aya Sekine and her band, the Aya Sekine Trio, with special guests Tim De Cotta and jazz saxophonist Shawn Letts. The performance will see Sekine and company perform a number of her original cuts, as well as covers of jazz classics that have inspired her career.

The Burial of The Caulfield Cult, Singapore

When: September 16, 2020, 9:15pm
More info: Trent Davis’ YouTube channel

Three years after Singaporean punk rock band The Caulfield Cult disbanded, the quartet’s final show at the now-defunct Decline live space, titled “The Burial Of The Caulfield Cult” is being livestreamed for the first time in its entirety.

The band was formed in 2011, and released three records leading up to its farewell on September 16 2017. The band, headed by Marijannah and Blood Cult’s Nicholas Wong, had toured across Europe and America before its break up, performing at Florida’s punk rock festival, The Fest in 2016, and appearing on Audiotree.

Ebe Dancel Digital Concert, The Philippines

When: September 18, 2020, 8pm
More info: MYX Philippines’ Facebook event page

Filipino singer-songwriter Ebe Dancel is set to host a digital concert on Friday, September 18. The prolific rock musician’s concert is presented by the Philippines’ number one music channel, MYX, via its Facebook page and YouTube channel.

Ebe Dancel, who celebrates his 20th anniversary in the music scene this year, has long been lauded as one of the most influential musicians to come out of the country, from his stint in iconic rock band Sugarfree, to his extensive solo work, and producing for other artists.

Voices of Hope, Singapore

When: September 19, 2020, 8.30pm
Livestream location: Samaritans of Singapore Facebook page

A number of musicians will join the Samaritans of Singapore for the organisation’s weeklong virtual walkathon to mark Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. Charlie Lim, Jean Seizure, Chasing Daylight, Isaac Ong and Cold Cut Duo will perform for this livestream.

F For Fantastic, Singapore

When: September 19, 8.30pm-12.30am
Livestream location: Red Kite Music Twitch

Singapore’s Red Kite Music and the National Arts Council are throwing a livestream that showcases women in the country’s electronic music scene, including Ginette Chittick, Aresha, A/K/A Sounds and schönseven. There will also be a special performance by The Analog Girl, who will be celebrating the release of her new album ‘Awe’, which will have dropped just the day before.

Diskoria, Hindia and Mooner, Indonesia

When: September 19, 2020, 8pm
Livestream location: Plainsong Live YouTube channel

A month ago, Jakarta-based concert promoter Plainsong Live launched a livestream series, the Plainsong Live Sessions. The likes of Efek Rumah Kaca, White Shoes and the Couples Company and Gabber Modus Operandi have participated.

On September 19, the series will come to an end with DJ duo Diskoria, Hindia (aka Baskara Putra of .Feast) and psych rockers Mooner. Jump in the live chat upon the episode’s premiere on YouTube to talk shop with the bands themselves.

.gif, Singapore

When: September 20, 2020, 8pm
Livestream location: Our Tampines Hub Facebook page

Singaporean electronic duo .gif will be playing a livestream from Our Tampines Hub’s Festive Arts Theatre, showcasing songs off their latest album ‘HAIL NOTHING’ – which NME named one of Southeast Asia’s best records of 2020 to date.

[LIVE FROM FESTIVE ARTS THEATRE] Catch the Singaporean indie-electronic duo .gif, made up of weish and din on OTH…

Posted by Our Tampines Hub on Sunday, September 13, 2020

Uploading Now 01, Singapore

When: September 23, 2020, 8-11pm
Livestream location: Singapore Community Radio Twitch

Singapore Community Radio is back with a raft of new programming, including Uploading Now – a livestream version of the club night Uploading, the brainchild of producer Intriguant. The first episode of Uploading Now will feature electronica veteran The Analog Girl, masked rapper BGourd as well as producers Cravism and OFTRT.

Rock With Us: Online Charity Concert, Singapore

When: September 23, 2020, 9pm
More info: Official Giving SG website

IMC Live Global has announced its first-ever Rock With Us: Online Charity Concert. The virtual fundraiser concert is being held in hopes of fostering “unity and celebrate diversity while making a difference in the lives of the children at Darul Ihsan Orphanage, Singapore”.

The concert will feature Weibird, Angela Zhang, Joi Chua, Jeremy Monteiro, Alemay Fernandez, TIEN, Jordin Tan, Rudy Djoe, Jive Talkin’, and the Tin Box The Live House Band.

The money raised will go into much-needed dorm repair and renewal efforts at the Darul Ihsan Orphanage, which houses and provides education for Muslim orphans and Muslim children in need in Singapore. The 60-day fundraiser campaign seeks to raise S$100,000.

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IMC Live Global proudly presents 𝐑𝐨𝐜𝐤 𝐖𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐔𝐬: 𝐎𝐧𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐞 𝐂𝐡𝐚𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐲 𝐂𝐨𝐧𝐜𝐞𝐫𝐭. The online concert hopes to foster unity and celebrate diversity while raising funds for underprivileged children in Singapore. Our aim is to spread a positive message of “music, love and hope” while inspiring children of the next generation in their future dreams and aspirations. Our Guest of Honour, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth and Second Minister for Law, Edwin Tong will deliver the opening remarks. 🗓 SAVE THE DATE: 23 September 2020 9pm (GMT+8)
📺 STREAMING PLATFORMS: IMC Live Global Facebook & YouTube, RedTix, Lazada, Klook, SISTIC, BookMyShow, KKBOX
🎵 FEATURING: Angela Zhang, Joi Chua, WeiBird, Jimmy Ye, Jeremy Monteiro, Alemay Fernandez, Rudy Djoe, TIEN, Jordin Tan, Jive Talkin', Tin Box The Live House Band
🎤 HOST: Mickey Huang — ‼️ All donations from this year’s musical fundraiser will go in aid of Darul Ihsan Orphanage's much-needed dorm repair and renewal efforts. Find out how you can contribute here:
🔗 http://bit.ly/IMCRockWithUs (Link in bio) — #IMCRockWithUs #IMCLiveGlobal #IMCGroupAsia

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