COVID-19, AKA coronavirus, has hit the music scene hard. Huge festivals like SXSW, Coachella, Stagecoach and Ultra have been canceled or rescheduled. Bands large and small are scrapping entire tours.
For big bands like Pearl Jam, Madonna or Kiss, canceling a tour sucks, but they’ll stay rich. Smaller indie bands suffer far more from canceling. They lose money on the van they rented, the flights they booked, the hotel rooms they reserved and whatever other touring necessities they shelled out for.
Many small D.I.Y. bands are going through with their tour despite COVID-19. For some, it’ll be a shorter tour with fewer people. But for some acts, like one NYC musician who told BTRtoday he quit his job for this tour, canceling just isn’t an option.
Below are the bands still touring that need your support. Turn up at their shows with extra hand sanitizer to share. There are many ways to help these bands even if you’re too afraid to attend yourself, like buying their merch or playing them on Spotify while you sleep.
Check out the list below.
The Nude Party
Miranda & the Beat
The Murder Capital
Thick w/ Mean Jeans & The Chats
Beach Slang w/ The Aquadolls & Social Animals