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No Coachella? No Problem: Seven Streaming Festivals & Concerts to Watch This Weekend

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A general view of atmosphere during day 2 of the 2016 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival Weekend 2 at the Empire Polo Club on April 23, 2016 in Indio, Calif.

Cancelled. Postponed. Who knows? All those summer plans you had to attend festivals have been scrambled because of the coronavirus pandemic. Some, like Coachella, Stagecoach, Summerfest, Essence Fest, Bonnaroo, Beale Street Music Festival and Lollapalooza Argentina have pushed to the fall, while Ultra Music Festival, South by Southwest, Big Ears, Roskilde, Glastonbury, Firefly, Governors Ball, Isle of Wight, Hangout Fest, WOMAD and others are throwing in the towel this year.

The viral outbreak has forced most of us indoors during an unprecedented global lockdown and we're all in search of something -- anything -- to do while we wait for the coast to clear. So while there won't be any actual festivals to attend as we continue social distancing, a number of major events have stepped up to offer couch-side versions, ranging from historical documentaries (Coachella), to streams of past gatherings (Knotfest, Pickathon) and just about everything in-between.

You can't got to any festivals right now, but you can click into some pretty great live music to tide you over, including archival live shows from Radiohead and The National. Check out our list of picks to click below:

Coachella: 20 Years in the Desert

Revisit two decades of one of the most beloved annual rites of spring with this free two-hour YouTube Originals doc spanning the history of the California gathering, streaming here now.

Pickathon Presents: A Concert a Day

This indie fest usually takes place in an idyllic setting outside of Portland, Oregon, on the Pendarvis Farm with a focus on a wide range of music in a super eco-friendly environment. While we're all at home, they've launched a show a day pulled from their high-def vaults to support the MusiCares charity. The 60 days of video will post every day at 4 p.m. EST and stream on Facebook, Twitch and YouTube. Among the artists on tap are: Margo Price, Jeff Tweedy, Mac DeMarco, Tyler Childers, Charles Bradley, Tank and the Bangas, Thee Oh Sees, Damien Jurado, Andrew Bird and many more. Click here to check the shows out.

Grateful Dead: Shakedown Stream

With more than four decades of live shows to choose from, the Dead are gonna keep on truckin' on Friday night (April 10) with a live screening of the classic Truckin' Up To Buffalo show from July 4, 1989 at 8 p.m. EST. The show kicks off with a live Q&A with Dead archivist David Lemieux and historian Gary Lambert before the show. Tune in each Friday on the band's YouTube channel for more shows accompanied by Q&As with members of the Dead community.

At Home With Farm Aid

The annual festival in support of America's family farms is scaling down to a one-hour online event on Saturday (April 11). Willie Nelson will join co-founders Neil Young and John Mellencamp, as well as Dave Matthews and Nelson's sons Lukas and Micah for a free show airing on farmaid.org and the AXS TV network with each act performing from their homes and studios; viewers are encouraged to donate to Farm Aid to assist family farmers impacted by coronavirus. AXS TV will also air The Best of Farm Aid 2019 at 7 p.m. EST on Sunday, with appearances from Bonnie Raitt, Nathaniel Rateliff, Tanya Tucker, Luke Combs and more.

Human to Human

Facebook Live will host a benefit event from noon to midnight EST with Alec Benjamin, Andrew McMahon, Butch Walker, Grouplove, Hunter Hayes, Jewel, Lauren Daigle, Tori Kelly and many more with proceeds benefitting PLUS1's COVID-19 Relief Fund working in conjunction with MusiCares and Sweet Relief. Viewers will be to contribute via Facebook's Donate feature or by texting PLUS1H2H to 50155; click here to watch.

KnotFest

The ongoing free streams of performances from Slipknot's hard rock tour -- which has already served up sets from Lamb of God and Megadeth -- will broadcast Slipknot's headlining set from the 2019 Download Festival at 6 p.m. EST on Friday. Along with a Q&A live chat with Slipknot bassist VMAN throughout the performance, the band will also premiere three exclusive merch items during the stream, with 10% of the profits earmarked for COVID-19 relief charities. Click here to watch.

Epic Together

Kim Petras, Jessie Reyez and Princess Nokia will headline this new festival from NYX Professional Makeup. Bringing the summer festival experience to your living room, the event will be live-streamed on NYX Cosmetics' Instagram from April 10-12.

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