Stella Donnelly, Julia Jacklin and more to play Instagram-based live music festival ISOL-AID

ISOL-AID is described as a “socially (media) distanced music festival”

Stella Donnelly, Julia Jacklin, Angie McMahon, Spacey Jane and many more Australian acts have joined the ISOL-AID lineup, a brand-new Instagram-based live music festival launched in light of the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

ISOL-AID is a two-day livestreaming event taking place this weekend from March 22 to 23. Described as a “socially (media) distanced music festival”, the event features live performances from over 70 Australian bands and musicians. The sessions will be conducted from noon to midnight each day.

“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, sending fans down a rabbit-hole of new music discovery,” a press statement from the organisers read.

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Other acts on the bill include Alice Skye, Didirri, Harvey Sutherland, Merpire, Alexander Biggs, Romy (RVG), Good Morning, Ainslie Wills, Hayley Mary, Spacey Jane, Yours Truly and CLEWS.

Check out the event poster below for the full lineup and set times.

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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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Due to the pandemic, plenty of musicians – including many on the lineup – have been affected by the cancellation and postponement of festivals and tours. “The impact of these cancellations is financial, psychological and emotional, and will undoubtedly be long-lasting,” ISOL-AID wrote.

To help artists alleviate their financial losses, the festival is encouraging viewers who are in the “financial position to do so” to buy music or merchandise through the artists’ Bandcamp and Patreon pages and their websites.

“We are calling on all music lovers to stream, listen, buy, and donate whatever is within their means,” ISOL-AID added.

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“I hope this festival will bring you some light in the dark times,” Stella Donnelly wrote on Instagram. “Thanks to @merpiremusic and all the other beautiful people who organised this special thing. We’re all adapting. Love you.”

On March 16, Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s ban on all non-essential public gatherings over 500 people officially came into effect. The move was put in place to inhibit the spread of the coronavirus.

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