By Kate Hoffman
In the past few months, we have seen the world change in ways we couldn’t have imagined. With the sudden halt of community in-person interactions, online events have become far more widespread. Behold the new normal of events life (for now,) where musicians are posting live streams of living room concerts or past concerts.
While the virtual concert experience is different than an in-person experience there are still benefits to this, to both the watchers and the artists.
These are some quick reasons why virtual concerts are beneficial to YOU
You are saving your money and time (no commute)
Listening to music actually helps your mental health - It can reduce anxiety, blood pressure, and pain and improve sleep quality, mood, mental alertness, memory, motivation, and social bonds
They are much more accessible for people with disabilities
The concert may feel more personal, just you and the artist!
You are supporting the artist, just in a different way!
Benefits to the ENVIRONMENT
A dramatic decrease in carbon emissions. Think about all the carbon emitted from music festivals, which includes all attendees and staff commute to and from the concert. Not to mention all the electricity used to power the whole operation
A decrease in light and noise pollution
A decrease in waste - the Coachella music festival produces an average of 107 tons of solid waste each day
Drawbacks of Virtual Events
Lack of in-person connection - We are social creatures! Face to face socializing decreases the risk of depression by two factors
You are not getting that real life concert experience - Listening to concerts specifically in the company of others, is associated with stronger positive experiences
AND live music can be so powerful that it can cause goosebumps or aesthetic chills - It’s the feeling you get when a sudden wave of pleasure runs through you as a result of these artistic experiences
Whichever way you put it, events are going to be looking different for the time being. At Waste Free Earth, we are adapting to the changing times and hope you are too.
How are we coping? By inviting friends over and having a socially-distance approved backyard virtual festival.