“Artistes live-stream to make isolation easier”

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LONDON – Stars including Coldplay, Yungblud and Christine And The Queens are live-streaming gigs to combat the "boredom" of self-isolation due to coronavirus.

Coldplay's Chris Martin played an impromptu set on Instagram Live, taking fans' questions and covering David Bowie's Life On Mars.

Country singer Keith Urban also went live on Instagram with his wife, Nicole Kidman, in the background.

He referred to the film star as his "audience of one".

Punk-pop singer Yungblud put on a more ambitious, hour-long show from LA, encouraging fans to mosh at home as he played to an empty room.

"Get on your bed, your kitchen table, your couch – and jump!" exclaimed the musician, staring down the barrel of a camera as he played the recent single Anarchist.

His concert was pulled together in just 72 hours, after his upcoming tour was postponed due to concerns about the spread of coronavirus.

The hour-long live-stream also included a cooking segment and a comedy drinking game featuring actress Bella Thorne and rapper Machine Gun Kelly (the beer they chose was, of course, Corona).

The star said he wanted to "give people a bit of positivity, laughter, and emotion" in the midst of the coronavirus epidemic, but it also helped him stay positive.

"Having the opportunity to connect with fans taken away from me wasn't gonna be an option," he told Vulture.

"It's a time to not give up and think out of the box – out of bad situations and despair comes incredible art, no matter what form that may be."

 (BBC)