In the height of this pandemic, virtual concerts may be the key to getting live music back.

By Carly Witt, ’23.

One of the most impacted businesses in the pandemic has been the music and entertainment industry. The thrill and excitement of going to concerts has been taken away, but maybe an alternative way to see artists perform live has emerged.

Virtual concerts have been hitting the internet recently, with Spotify even coming out with a feature for virtual performances and concerts. Some artists already have done virtual concerts, pushing the boundaries of the pandemic with dancers and opening artists.  

This new way of watching our favorite artists has been popping up a lot recently. On Aug. 27, rapper Lil Uzi Vert broadcasted a virtual concert from under a Jumbotron in Philadelphia, and new virtual concerts are being announced every week. 

USA Today reports about a concert happening in October to celebrate Latino culture with Lin-Manuel Miranda and Gloria Estefan to headline it. It will be broadcasted on Playbill.com and will celebrate the past, present and future with themes of Latin representation. 

It seems as though viewing a virtual concert won’t give concert goers the same experiences as a normal concert would, for example driving with friends, getting to the venue, finding spots, and experiencing the music with a big crowd and having the amazing sensations of seeing a favorite artist in the same building.

 Sophomore Maggie Campbell said, “If Harry Styles was having a virtual concert, I would definitely try to get tickets, but I feel like they would be a lot of money and I don’t really think that’s worth it.” 

In a Rolling Stone article, writer Ethan Millman explains how some virtual concerts are pushing the boundaries and even using virtual reality to create an entirely new concert environment for viewers. By connecting a pair of VR goggles, users are able to immerse ourselves in the music, lights, effects, and overall experience of a concert. VR companies, such as MelodyVR, have been producing virtual concerts 10 times more than normal since the beginning of the pandemic

So is this concert experience worth it? Only time will tell in this pandemic how virtual concerts develop and grow.