The global pandemic that has shut down pretty much the entire world in 2020 has put the entertainment industry – especially the branch that deals in major live events with in-person attendance – in a pretty sensitive situation.
Last year, there were no live concerts, no movie screenings, no award ceremonies with hundreds of well-dressed attendees, no major sporting events with a live audience. Instead, we have discovered the next best thing: live streaming.
Today, there are many things that you can see through a live video stream, ranging from musicians jamming in their living rooms to the roulette tables at the best live casino India has to offer.
The latter is actually nothing new – live casinos have been around for years, bringing an in-person experience to the devices of players while keeping their services accessible to anyone.
Now, in turn, this accessibility was expanded to pretty much every other form of entertainment, resulting in some truly massive events that were held online-only. Here are some of the biggest we had a chance to attend last year.
Together At Home
Live Aid was a massive benefit concert held in 1985 to help Ethiopia suffering famine for years at the time, with more than 60 artists playing for a live audience of over 70,000. Well, last year’s “Together At Home” beat its numbers: the online benefit concert curated by singer Lady Gaga in support of the World
The monster concert brought together hundreds of streams from some of the biggest musicians of our time, including Sir Paul McCartney, Taylor Swift, Jennifer Lopez, and The Rolling Stones. The entire event consisted of two hours of concerts and four more hours of streams, with spoken-word contributions by actors, musicians and other celebrities. And it was followed on TV and live streaming by millions all over the world.
Tomorrow and Around the World
A paid event will never attract an audience as big as a free live stream – but Tomorrowland Around the World came pretty close. The biggest European EDM and electronic music festival, held on a virtual island in 2020, featured performances by dozens of today’s most popular DJs and musicians and has attracted over 1 million paid customers over its two days.
MAP OF ThE SOUL ON: E – BTS
Finally, we can’t compile a list of the biggest online-only events without mentioning the K-pop band BTS and its series of online-only concerts that were true record-breakers. After setting a world record for the biggest online-only paid event last summer, the band broke its own world record just months after setting it.
The performance titled MAP OF THE SOUL ON: E held last October attracted a total of 993,000 paying customers from 191 countries all over the world. The event itself was broadcast from the KSPO Dome in Seoul, South Korea, and it featured four stages, and used AR and VR technology to enhance the experience for viewers. Viewers could follow the event in 4K and HD, and switch between 6 camera views of the band performing live.