Pre-COVID, Beatstream was a Manchester-based digital streaming service that exclusively streamed gigs live from venues directly to your phone or browser.
Since first launching the app in 2014, they’ve been all about supporting local music and venues.
That’s one thing that hasn’t changed. Bringing musically likeminded people together remains their thing.
During lockdown, the Beatstream team organised some exclusive live performances from Manchester legends Clint Boon and Graeme Park that were broadcast online via the service. But with very little happening in terms of live music right now, they’ve had no choice but to diversify.
Fast-forward a few months and Beatstream are launching a brand new programme for all types of artists.
Helen Fish, founder and CEO of Beatstream, told The Manc AUDIO how the company has invested in technology enabling artists to stream ticketed performances from their own homes or studios.
“We are in the process of launching the Beatstream affiliates programme,” said Helen.
“It will be a team of industry professionals using their network to recruit artists of any level and host ticketed virtual events on the Beatstream platform.”
Sounds ideal, right? And as an added bonus – you can earn money whilst you’re at it.
“It’s a risk-free way for artists to be able to earn some extra money or create a whole new income stream altogether,” said Helen.
“With lots of industry professionals out of work at the moment and venues closed, it really is a great opportunity.
“It’s zero cost to host an event. The person organising the event earns a revenue, the artists performing earns revenue and the more gigs we can host on the platform, the bigger the difference we can make to the industry by giving it a chance of survival until the venues reopen and life becomes a little more normal.”
Livestreams and online festivals were all over the internet during lockdown.
Of course, nothing beats that crowd atmosphere or competes with that thumping bass in your chest. But if this is the best we can get, make ours a double.
With so much uncertainty around an impending second lockdown, we might have to entertain the idea of experiencing music from our sofa once again soon.
Helen hopes that once venues start to reopen, the usual Beatstream service can resume. But in the meantime, this will provide not only a new way to experience our favourite music, but also a means for artists to continue to earn a living.
Events are expected to start from November 1, so get involved asap. For more information, email the team at [email protected].
Noughties throwback Lemar announces special 20th anniversary gigs in Manchester and London
The one and only Lemar is back now only with new album but two special shows to mark his 20th anniversary in music.
A chart-topping, BRIT and MOBO award-winning artists who rose to popularity in the early 2000s, Lemar has sold millions of albums worldwide and is now returning with his first new record in nearly eight years.
Having released his latest 80s funk inspired new single, ‘Future Love’, today (7 February) and officially announced his upcoming seventh album, Page In My Heart, the noughties pop and R&B artist is back on the scene and thought it only fit to pay tribute to 20 years in the biz.
Two decades on from his debut album, Dedicated, Lemar is hosting a pair of anniversary shows in London and right here in Manchester. Now this is going to be quite the throwback.
Best know for hit tracks like ‘It’s Not That Easy’, ’50/50′, ‘What About Love?’, ‘Another Day’ and many more, the 44-year-old returns to the stage with a new sound but one that also calls back to his roots and early work.
Speaking in a statement, Lemar says: “With this new album, I wanted to make something for anyone who ever bought Dedicated, as this year is 20 years since its release. I thought I’d like to make something for the people who got behind that album, something that they would appreciate and like.
Descirbing his new single, he went on to say, “it’s more uptempo, it’s got that soulful feel, it’s a bit looser, a bit Chaka Khan. A bit ‘Dance (With U)’… it’s got that kind of energy to it.”
The Tottenham-born singer hasn’t been ‘away’ per se, having continued to perform up and down the country in recent years, but both he and his fans have been waiting “patiently” to get the right collection of songs together to release new material.
His last album, The Letter, released back in 2015 and delighted die-hards but he says this latest project is about reconnecting with his fans, insisting that “it really is a page from my heart.”
Lemar will celebrate two decades of music and the 20th anniversary of Dedicated live with two special nights at O2 Ritz here in Manchester and London indigo at The O2 on the 27 and 28 of April, respectively. You best believe we’ll be getting one.
Tickets go on sale on 10 February at 10am. Tickets will be available HERE and at Ticketmaster.
Neighbourhood Weekender announces massive warm-up show with Ian Brown, Happy Mondays and more
Neighbourhood Weekender has announced a warm-up show on the Friday before the festival proper kicks off, with the likes of Ian Brown, Happy Mondays and more already confirmed.
With Neighbourhood 2023 set for the weekend of 27-28 May as festival season gets into full swing, the increasingly popular Victoria Park-based crowd-pleaser is effectively starting a day early with their ‘Live At The Big Top’ event.
Although the local favourite has previously put on a number of performances on the Friday before the Warrington Weekender as we know it, this is the first time this event has been held and will serve as a warm-up show for the impending gig-goers.
Effectively acting as a warm-up party for the main event, the North West crowd will be treated to the likes of 80s and 90s Manc music icons Ian Brown and Happy Mondays, as well Liverpool indie band Cast and up-and-coming Welsh psych-rock band, CVC, a.k.a. Church Village Collective.
The lineup also denotes a landmark occasion, with this being the first time that Brown and Happy Mondays — two of pioneering artists of the ‘Madchester‘ scene — are sharing the same bill in their long and illustrious careers. Well, aren’t you a lucky lot?
While we’d say this is an absolute must if you truly want to make a full go of Neighbourhood Weekender, this is technically a separate event and it’s well worth attending if you can’t make it on the Saturday or Sunday for whatever reason.
Tickets go on sale at 9.30am on Friday, 10 February. You can grab yours HERE.