Manchester International Festival – MIF LIVE | Wed/Thur/Fri weekly | via the official MIF Youtube Channel

Manchester International Festival continues its series of free streams, discussions and archive recordings via their official Youtube channel. Every week, you can catch Festival In My House… And Yours, MIF Encounters and MIF Rewind, plus loads of other content. This week, Riz Ahmed joins the line-up. The musician, storyteller, actor and activist will appear on MIF LIVE Friday 8 May at 7:30pm for Riz Ahmed In Conversation. There will be discussion on his life, work and latest project The Long Goodbye. His forthcoming new live show was due to premiere in Manchester last month – and takes the current divided political times and turns them into the metaphor of a romantic break-up.

This week’s MIF Encounters will feature MIF17’s Naming the Money. On Thursday 7 May at 12:30pm, you can view a lunch time discussion with Lubaina Himid as she covers her thought-provoking 2004 art installation exploring themes of power, art and money. Festival In My House.. And Yours has MC, DJ and multi-disciplinary artist Chunky inviting viewers to Pre ‘n’ Tea – joining him will be creative chef Sunny Ray cooking up a storm in their kitchens – from Manchester to Barcelona. You can catch this on Wednesday 6 May at 7:30pm. All these can be watched via the official Manchester International Festival Youtube channel.

La Blogtheque - Stay Away Shows | Weekly | 6pm | via Instagram Live

Since 2006, Paris-based La Blogotheque has filmed beautiful and intimate sessions with your favourite musicians known as Take Away Shows. From The Kooks to Arcade Fire, REM to Sigur Ros – the list of artists involved is endless. With the current situation, La Blogotheque don’t want you to miss out on that intimate experience – and so they bring us the Stay Away Shows. Since March, they’ve put together a weekly line-up of sets with artists from their homes to ours. Past performances have included Laura Marling and Blaenavon. You can catch these special shows over on the La Blogotheque official Instagram profile at 6pm daily. See below for this week’s line up of shows:

Mon 4 May – Tasha
Tue 5 May – Mellah
Wed 6 May – Nilufer Yanya
Thur 7 May – Declan McKenna
Fri 8 May – Squirrel Flower
Sat 9 May – Lianne La Havas
Sun 10 May – Luke Jenner of The Rapture

Stay Home With Yungblud | Mondays Weekly | 5pm | via Youtube channel

Dominic Harrison, better known as Yungblud has taken the music world by storm the past couple of years. The 22 year old Doncaster-native, was due to be on tour right now – but rather than let gig cancellations get him down, he’s put together Stay Home With Yungblud, a weekly video streamed live at 5pm from his Youtube channel. Documenting his life on lockdown and maybe a few isolation tunes thrown in – you can catch the second episode this evening and videos stay up on the channel for you to watch at your leisure.

The Stoller Hall Birthday Concert | Tue 5 May | 7pm | via Facebook Live/YouTube

Marking the 3rd birthday of The Stoller Hall, Manchester, there’s a very special concert being streamed this Tuesday evening. Showcasing some of the best classical music performances in the North of England – there will be appearances from Manchester Collective, Manchester Camerata, Northern Chamber Orchestra and Chetham’s Symphony Orchestra alongside some global artists. The stream will be presented by BBC Radio 3 presenter and the venue’s Artistic Director Tom Redmond. The specially created concert will be free to view at 7pm Tuesday 5 May on The Stoller Hall official Facebook profile and their Youtube channel. For more info – head to the Facebook event page.

Girl Gang Leeds – Living Room Party | Thur 7 May | 7pm | via Instagram Live

Girl Gang Leeds are a creative collective supporting and celebrating the work of women and people of marginalised genders. During lockdown the team have come up with Living Room Party – a bunch of live streamed sets from various artists. Thursday 7 May marks their second event which you can tune into live from 7pm on their Instagram profile. This week they’ve got Diet Cig, Mannequin Pussy, The Tuts, Worriers, Hit Like A Girl, Cultdreams, and Arxx on the lineup. They will also be fundraising for the artists involved via Paypal.

The Takeover – Online Music Festival | Fri 8 – Sun 10 May | Fri 2:30pm onwards | via Facebook Live

The Takeover is an online music festival taking place across the Bank Holiday Weekend presented by Bose. An array of artists will be giving performances over three days in aid of music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins which aims to enrich the lives of those with life-limiting illnesses, disabilities and feelings of isolation. Those featured include Badly Drawn Boy, Katie Melua, Natalie Shay, Harry Heart, Young Deuces and so many more. Free to watch, you can catch this event via Facebook live on the Right Chord Music profile with an option to donate if you can and even win a pair of Bose Noise Cancelling 700 Headphones. Things kick off on Friday afternoon at 2:30pm, but head to the event page here for the full schedule, line-up and set times over the weekend. More info can also be found at the official website.

Homeschool Festival with Dork Magazine | Fri 8 – Sun 10 May | Set times TBA | via official website

Music mag Dork bring us Homeschool Festival this bank holiday weekend. Kicking off on Friday, you can watch sets from a line-up of over 100 artists – in lo-fi isolation, recorded on phones, lying around in their front rooms – staying true to that DIY Homeschool vibe. The list of musicians involved is ridiculously good – from Bloxx and Boston Manor, Fickle Friends and Fuzzy Sun, Larkins and Love Fame Tragedy, to Phoebe Green and Pizzagirl plus tonnes more. As well as musical sets, there will also be some ‘other stuff’ to check our including yoga classes and late night lockdowns apparently. The festival is raising money in aid of NHS Charities Together COVID-19 Urgent Appeal during the current pandemic. Available to watch via the festival’s official site. You can find the full-line up and more about the appeal on the website. Set times are still to be announced, but keep an eye on Dork Magazine socials for announcements including Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Cat Allan
Published on:
Mon 4 May 2020