AceShowbiz - British rapper YUNGBLUD is planning to combat the spate of coronavirus concert cancellations by live-streaming a special show for fans via YouTube.
The "11 Minutes" star, real name Dominic Harrison, recently had to scrap his tour of Asia, which had been due to kick off in South Korea this week (begins March 09), so now he's decided to perform a gig for an online-only audience.
"S**T'S WEIRD BUT WE'LL KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON," he posted on Instagram as he announced the Monday night event.
"i hate that shows are gettin cancelled so im gonna bring one to you. ill be live on my youtube 7am (PST) playin songs, talking s**t, makin breakfast and answering questions (sic)."
He went on to insist, "we are gonna beat this s**t TOGETHER. having the ability to connect with you ain't gonna get taken away. f**k that. i can't wait to see you. tell ya f**kin mates (sic)."
YUNGBLUD isn't the only artist to turn to live-streaming to play for fans. Heavy rockers Code Orange have decided to go ahead with their Saturday night (March 14) show in their hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - although they will be playing in an empty venue after The Roxian officials chose to postpone all scheduled shows due to health concerns.
The concert will take place behind closed doors and be live-streamed on Twitch.
Musicians including Cher, Blake Shelton, Pearl Jam, Kiss, BTS (Bangtan Boys), Louis Tomlinson, Avril Lavigne and Kenny Chesney have been forced to halt touring plans in the wake of the global COVID-19 outbreak, with authorities worldwide issuing bans on mass gatherings to prevent the continued spread of the disease.
Among the latest events to be affected is BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend bash in Scotland, which had been set to take over Dundee's Camperdown Park in late May. Performers due to appear included Harry Styles, Dua Lipa and Biffy Clyro.