Data from more than 8,000 livestreams listed on Bandsintown.com show club-level artists moving online to stay engaged with fans.
Since concert venues of all sizes shut down around the globe in mid-March, artists have been adjusting in order to stay engaged with their fans, remain artistically inspired and simply stay busy. Much of that energy has resulted in a flood of livestreams across digital platforms like Facebook, Instagram and YouTube, as well as companies like Twitch, StageIt and Null.
While artists have spread across the internet to host these virtual concerts and gatherings, Bandsintown continues to centralize this information, just as they do for live concerts. Since March 25, they have tracked over 8,000 livestreams. And in just a few weeks, trends are emerging amidst a flurry of activity.
In the first week of tracking, between March 25-31, 1,987 livestream listings were created on the Bandsintown website. The following week (April 1-7) saw a surge of 21% to 2,413 new events, before dipping by 5% to 2,300 new livestreams (April 8-14). This minor decline is more indicative of a steadying than livestreaming having peaked. Two days into week four, 480 new livestreams were created, the highest daily count since Bandsintown began tracking livestreams on their site.