With all venues closed during the pandemic, we have found a unique way to bring live music to your living room!
As we enter our fifth week in lockdown and with no set date on when coronavirus restrictions will be lifted, we are making sure everyone is kept entertained at home.
We are determined to spread positivity and enjoyment at a time which is challenging us all. We are constantly thinking of new and fun ways to make people smile in the current circumstances – so we’re using our online platforms to do just that!
On Bank Holiday Monday, we co-hosted a live gig with Black Velvet Irish Music, with over 20,000 people all over the country and even the world tuning in. After being approached by several pubs who are missing their customers and live music nights, Emma from Black Velvet decided to collaborate with landlords and landladies to live stream from home! It was a huge success and at one stage we had over 8,600 live viewers with some watching from as far away as Australia, New Zealand, Denmark, Spain and Ireland! People were sending in photos of their families dancing in the kitchen so the band could get the atmosphere of everyone enjoying it at home!
Fans commented throughout the gig requesting their favourite songs, reminiscing about previous gigs and making pacts about buying drinks for each other when the lockdown is over!
It was such a wonderful community of people enjoying live music online – it’s something that everyone misses greatly and we think it’s little occasions like this which keep people smiling! Since the restrictions began, Black Velvet have been unable to do their usual live music performances, but because they are one family and are on lockdown together, setting up a stage in their home and live streaming seemed like a fantastic idea.
The live stream was co-hosted by over a dozen Cornish pubs in which Black Velvet regularly play including the City Inn Truro, White Hart in St Teath, The Ship in Padstow and Haywood’s Cider Farm.
It really was a community event bringing everyone together for a night of traditional Irish folk music. People were also able to put money in a virtual tip jar for the band which is great way for musicians to sustain some income whilst on lockdown, as many are self employed and may not be eligible for any financial help from the government at this time of crisis.
As well as the Black Velvet gig, we have hosted a ‘throwback’ to our Friday Grunge Discos – an iconic music night in the late eighties and early nineties! Over the last few weeks, we co-hosted the Grunge Night with Mark Milburn – aka DJ Doodlebug – to help people to have a memorable and fun Easter weekend. Everyone seems to be loving it with thousands of people watching and hundreds of comments from people reminiscing their youth and sharing memories!
As well as live music, we are continuing our daily live streams of the beach on our Facebook page – another way of helping people feel uplifted during the pandemic.
As a pub at the heart of the community, it’s so important for us to keep people together and spirits high. We may not be able to welcome customers here, so we’re finding other ways to spread Bowgie joy!