Warner Music Group has announced a streaming music festival set for this weekend in an effort to raise money to beat the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dubbed PlayOn Fest, the 72-hour event starts Friday, April 24 at 12PM EST and runs through Sunday, April 26. The event will feature pre-recorded live sets from the label’s artists, including Slipknot, KoRn, Green Day, Panic! At The Disco, Weezer, Royal Blood, Coldplay, Twenty One Pilots, Flaming Lips, Paramore and so many more.
Unlike some of the virtual festivals happening right now where the artists are performing from their living rooms, PlayOnFest will be made up of past live sets. Says the description on the event’s trailer:
“As part of a spectacular three-day live streaming event, PlayOn Fest promises to bring energy and high production values from world class stages (including Coachella, Sydney Opera House, Lollapalooza, Apollo Theater, Bonnaroo, The O2 Arena, Primavera Sound, Red Rocks Amphitheater, Rock In Rio, Global Citizen Festival, and more) to music fans hungry for communal live experiences. Warner Music Group labels have opened up their vaults to relive epic show-stopping performances for this one-time-only live viewing event.”
Among the sets already announced are KoRn’s 2019 ‘The Nothing’ art installation show, Green Day’s 2019 MTV EMAs World Stage Seville set and Slipknot’s Download Fest 2019 set.
The event will be free to view on the Songkick YouTube channel with proceeds from merch sales going to the Covid-19 Solidarity Response Fund, a fund set up by the United Nations to help the World Health Organization in their quest to help those affected by the pandemic. The merch is currently on presale on the Warner Music website.
A full list of artists participating can be found on the PlayOn Fest website, though not all of the specific sets, nor set times, have been announced yet.