Since the pivot to livestreaming began amidst the coronavirus pandemic, we’ve seen a handful of online festivals and DJs making headlines for their efforts towards the digital side of entertainment.
Artists from around the world have come up with creative ways to take their sets to the next level. While there isn’t anything wrong with DJing from your ironing board, the following sets are on another level – allowing for a better and more exciting experience for the viewers at home.
These are the perfect solution for people itching to get back onto the dancefloor. Click play below to engross yourself in hours of music!
JOYRYDE Jeep – Room Service Music Festival
With an endless drive to take things to the next level, the DJ/Producer stood out for his cameo on The Nations’ Room Service Music Festival.
In preparation for the set JOYRYDE shared on social media, “I decided to do my idea for my set only a few days ago. I found tracks that fit the vibe of the setup. Warehouse, rave, underground, but my version of it. Watch it from anywhere you are.”
The mix of the Jeep and choice of tracks brings energy from start to finish. Mixing 60 tracks in 60 minutes, this set has the perfect variation between his recent album and external tracks.
Don Diablo – Formula 1
As well as doing sets in his swimming pool and on his toilet, Don Diablo also performed a special set on location at Zandvoort racetrack. Don Diablo was set to play the Formula 1 Dutch Grand Prix but due to the virus it was cancelled, therefore this make up set was arranged. An interested tidbit regarding the set is that every single track falls under the banner of Diablo’s label Hexagon.
“I had the honour to do something truly special together with Formula 1 and the kind people of the Dutch GP in Zandvoort. We recorded an exclusive DJ-set on the newly built site of the racetrack where the long awaited return of Formula 1 to my county (The Netherlands) will take place. I was going to be the musical headliner for the race in the first week of May, which unfortunately has been postponed due to the Corona Virus, but we hope this lifts your spirits a little for all you guys staying in at home!”
Martin Garrix – Boat Through Dutch Waters
One of the biggest productions that has gone into an online set has to be Martin Garrix’s 60 minutes traveling on a boat through Dutch waters. Whilst Oliver Heldens did a similar thing, Garrix’s production was on another level. With the help of Bad Birds Productions and Insight TV, the set was shot in 4K and 8K by drones and from accompanying boats as well as a helicopter.
The music was amazing as well, Garrix incorporates a mix of unreleased music from friends as well as his hits to create the ultimate 70 minute Martin Garrix performance. The set ends in an exciting fashion, with him dropping his 2012 remix of Roy Gates – ‘Midnight Sun’ and the guy flyboarding in the background with flares during sunset.
Bassjackers Football Stadium – SLAM! Koningsnacht Festival
Marlon from Bassjackers took the stage, or should I say ground, at a Football stadium for their SLAM! set. With the stadium brightly lit, plenty of pizza and even fire pyrotechnics – this is one hell of a set. Featuring Bassjackers’ energetic big room sound during the 60 minutes, there is no way you could experience this set just sitting down… Bassjackers performs just like he would any other show, even premiering a few new records! Any big room fans are sure to love the entire 60 minutes.
David Guetta – Miami Fundraiser
David Guetta played a special livestream from Miami to raise funds for a range of deserving causes. With a staggering 25 million+ views so far and an amazing $720,000 raised – this has to be one of the most successful streams during quarantine. Not all was good, many Miami residents inviting guests over to experience the Guetta set in person, violating the quarantine laws. In the end, David played an incredible set and raised much needed funds. With fans from home appearing on the livestream through Zoom as well as being broadcasted on most platforms, this was a really interactive set!
Liu – Hopi Hari
Liu took the stage at Hopi Hari, an empty theme park in São Paulo, Brazil for just over an hour of solid beats. Unsurprisingly, Liu showcases plenty of Brazilian bass during his set. Just like other sets in this list, Liu packs tonnes of energy which is difficult to contain just in your living room.
Liu on the performance; We opened the park (which is temporarily closed) just to record this set and bring some joy in this quarantine to each of you! (Translated)
Mr. Belt & Wezol – SLAM! Tram Set
Mr. Belt & Wezol took their SLAM! set to a Rotterdam tram. Thanks to the camera crew inside the tram and people running around outside, we have a mesmerizing hour long house set from the duo. The narrowness of the tram meant only one of the duo could mix at a time but these two made sure the hour was entertaining.
Dom Dolla – Untitled Virtual Day Party
Dom Dolla headlined Untitled’s Virtual Day Party that took place in a Melbourne warehouse. With over 50k concurrent viewers for his set and close to 300k views in total, Dom’s set was met with plenty of praise.
Speaking about the Virtual Festival, Dom explains – “I was super excited to be a part of this showcase, we really wanted to do something that was as visually engaging as it was attractive to the ears. I hope it made people’s Saturday evening ISO-beers a little bit more enjoyable,”.
After the entire Day Party had over 500,000 live views in total, the question is, who will perform at Untitled’s next one?