Insomnium and Omnium Gatherum are the latest bands to adopt streaming a form of touring during the COVID-19 pandemic. The bands will play an online show on April 10 streamed via East Coast Events. Guitarist for both bands Markus Vanhala elaborates on the day's doings.
”If someone had asked me to do a live stream with ticket sales two weeks ago, my answer would’ve been hell no. But the world changes, apparently really fast when you’re in quarantine. Insomnium and Omnium Gatherum double trouble North American tour went pretty bad with the cancellation and the country (=WORLD!) shutting down right after we arrived at the airport to New York City… So this is what we can offer back for now, before this tour can be rescheduled sometime next year, hopefully. After staring two weeks to the wall inside four walls at home quarantine, I have discovered a hellish urge to go back on stage and play. Even if it would be an empty hall and pose for the camera eyes only, but to play with my booyas as live in concert as we can at the moment! With this stream production we try to help cultural field and concert promoting, our own crew, local entertainment companies and a bit also, our poor ourselves, as cancellation of the gigs and tours destroyed our income. Thanks for the huge support to our beloved fans!”
Also, the companies operating in the event industry are in a tight spot right now, which is why the committed Kotka-Hamina -area companies are offering their expertise and equipment to provide an evening to remember fo the bands and their fans.
Live Stream takes place in www.eastcoastevents.fi/streamtv
Tickets are on sale at the same site. the price for the Stream is 8,90€. Ticket will include live sets from both bands(recording of the show is also available 48h after live sets) and live chat with both band members between the changeover."
It's also worth noting that Omnium Gatherum is still looking for a new guitarist.