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#Covid19: Pop stars live-stream concerts from home to combat isolation

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Stars including Coldplay, John Legend 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”.

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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.

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 idea has been picked up by theatres, too, with the cast of the West End improv show The Showstoppers broadcasting Tuesday’s performance live to Facebook, after the Lyric theatre was closed to audiences.

Other artists planning to live-stream shows include Celtic punk band the Dropkick Murphys, who will post their St Patricks Day gig on YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, Twitch and Facebook on Tuesday.

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