Though Boris’s announcement on Monday means restaurants, pubs and bars are still a little lost on what they can and can’t do in December, gigs and concerts are back — at least for those places in Tiers 1 and 2. But while bands scramble to get their tours back on track, there’s still a week left of lockdown, which means gearing up for some socially distanced dancing is a matter of kicking it with a kitchen disco.
Record label Defected smashed the first lockdown with their live-streamed sessions and are using the same recipe this time around. Their next We Dance As One virtual rave gets going this Friday from 4pm, with house music monsters David Penn, Monki and Pete Tong spinning sets until midnight. All for a good cause — the gig will raise money for food bank charity The Trussell Trust — the night will be staffed by music lovers who’ve lost their jobs due to Covid cuts. More than 1.6 million dance fans tuned in last time; for those feeling lonely, this is the antidote (defected.com).
SW9’s independent club Brixton Jamm launched their socially distanced DJ series back in the summer, taking things out to their new al fresco space, The Brixton Courtyard. While things are being kept indoors for the time being, they’ve a stellar line-up streaming live on lockdownlive.tv tonight and tomorrow; tune in for sets from Shy One, Seven Hills and Norman Jay MBE.
Rattling sound systems aside, virtual gigs now are a step-up from the bedroom webcam jobbies of last time. Dua Lipa leads the way on Friday, channelling the bombast of her live shows with Studio 2054. The Don’t Start Now singer is promising mirrorballs, a roller disco and a “kaleidoscopic rocket fuelled journey through time [and] space”. FKA Twigs is among the special guests, and tickets start at £12.99 (dualipa.com).
Light on the roller skates but heavy on the riot, the Kaiser Chiefs play from 8pm on Saturday night, marking their first set since their Brixton show back in February. The band promises their nostalgic Noughties hits plus plenty of immersive surprises along the way (£10, academymusicgroup.com). If reaching back to the indie years isn’t long enough ago, get jiggy wit’ Jazzy Jeff; Will Smith’s DJ from his Fresh Prince days will be hosting a virtual house party playing the duo’s Grammy award-winning hits, with a roster of yet-to-be-announced special guests making an appearance. This one’s for the late starters, though, with things kicking off from 2am London time (from £26, eventbrite.co.uk).
Alternatively, do it yourself; Lucky Voice is out of its booths and wailing away online. Their huge back catalogue of more than 9,000 sing-along hits is now available to stream and ready-prepared playlists. A subscription costs £6.99 per month but there’s a 14-day free trial to test the waters with (luckyvoicekaraoke.com).
To relive such glorious embarrassments over and over, try lip-syncing montage service Viva La Video to turn a singalong into something special; submit a video mouthing along to a classic and DJ Abby Hewitson — who’s played for Prince and P Diddy — will turn it into a music video. It’s pricey at £120, but each video is custom-made and finished within two days (vivalavideo.net). Let’s dance.