8 must-see livestream sets to tune into this April

If you can stick to your screens despite the spring sunshine, here's a list of livestreams taking place this month that are most worthy of your attention.
Posted: 5 April 2021 Words: Tom Curtis-Horsfall

As we inch ever-closer to a return to normality (at least here in the UK) who knows if livestreams will gradually cease to exist as the months roll on. Certainly throughout the summer months when we'll be swapping stories of the misery we endured without experiencing a band in the flesh; leaving the venue with your ears ringing, the rapture of an encore, the shared experience of screaming along to the chorus of [insert literally any song here]. Why would you trade that to watch a gig on a screen?

Other than a live music lifeline, livestreams do offer up a platform to be creative outside of the typical gig/performance structure, however. It's evidently not the same, but until the agonising wait for gigs and festivals to resume is over there's nothing I'd rather be watching from the comfort of my own sofa with a crispy delicious lager in-hand. 

Here's eight livestreams taking place this month that are most worthy of your attention:

Cory Hanson: Limited Hangout - 5th April

In a weekly series leading up to his sophomore solo album Pale Horse Rider, Wand frontman Cory Hanson offers up a livestream that's equal parts fever dream, live performance, and variety show. Directed by the Coconut Brothers, and with trippy visuals from The Mad Alchemist Liquid Light Show, this one will be mad good fun. 

Watch Episode 1 below:

Chad VanGaalen: Livestream - 8th April

Sub Pop Records' songwriting, visual artist, and animator triple-threat Chad VanGaalen "takes you on a trip inside his world" as he performs live from his studio in this colourful event. He'll be performing a psychedelic crop of tracks from recent album World's Most Stressed Out Gardener.

Buy tickets to the event here.

Bat For Lashes: Live Streamed Event - 9th April

Witchy enchantress Bat For Lashes returns to the livestream domain with a stripped-back, career-spanning set from her home in LA. Expect this evocative performance to tug at the heart-strings.

Buy tickets to the event here.

Sharon Van Etten - epic ten livestream - 16-17th April

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of her breakthrough album and the accompanying covers album featuring Fiona Apple, Lucinda Williams, IDLES and more, Sharon Van Etten will perform her milestone album (full band in tow) in its entirety from Zebulon, with all profits going to the famed LA venue. The livestream's release coincides with a documentary so you certainly get bang for your buck, especially for the Van Etten obsessives. 

Buy tickets to the event here.

Moses Boyd: live from the Barbican - 18th April

London's jazz drummer and virtuoso Moses Boyd performs inside Barbican's imposing surrounds as part of the performing arts centre's ongoing live-streamed series. Unfortunately there won't be any audience members in attendance as initially expected, but the polymath's rich performance will be no less mesmeric on-screen.

Buy tickets to the event here.

The Wytches - live on Scruff of the Neck TV on Twitch - 21st April

Having had to keep a lid on third album Three Mile Ditch since its release last November, Brighton's abrasive grungers The Wytches have expanded to a four-piece for a far meatier live experience. Headbanging on the sofa will never hurt so good. 

Watch the event here.

Tame Impala - Innerspeaker live from Wave House - 21st April 

Another anniversary performance comes in the shape of Tame Impala's immense, kaleidoscopic Innerspeaker reaching the age of ten - although it technically turned ten last year if we're being pedantic. A psych-rock sound that Kevin Parker has since distanced himself from, it'll be intriguing to see how his psychedelic outfit revisit where it all started, performing the album from start to finish in the legendary studio where it was recorded. 

Buy tickets to the event here.

FUZZ: Levitation Sessions - 24th April

Levitation Sessions have been killing it with their livestream sets for a year now, and next up comes a sludgy power-psych performance from Ty Segall side-project FUZZ. Filmed from LA's Zebulon, it'll be the first time the trio showcase III, their first album in five years. Sabbath-like riffs aplenty. 

Buy tickets to the event here.

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