Emerald Messenger

Two Emerald musicians will perform in a virtual music festival next month to help save live music during Covid-19. The Keep It Live Festival will feature two days of musical acts as well as workshops by visual and performance artists. Twenty-five artists have generously agreed to share their skills and time, including Emerald musicians Luro and Lili-Violet.

Luro said: “Performing live music has given me a huge amount of confidence and is the very reason why I am pursuing music as a career. When I first discovered I could sing as a child I was performing constantly and always enjoyed every performance. Seeing my music reach and emotionally affect my audience gives me enormous happiness. I feel like I am giving a part of me to everyone. When the first lockdown was in place, I discovered live-streams which enabled me to still reach my audience and engage new followers. Performing live-streams has helped my confidence even further, enabled me to stay connected with the community and continue to share and develop my music. The Keep It Live Festival will help me share my music creations even further and hopefully provide some joy to everyone in these very difficult times.”

Lili-Violet said: “Live music is more intimate. It gives me the chance to socialize and enjoy the purest form of music while surrounded by people who feel the same. The people that come to live music want to hear you. I want to be a part of the festival as I’ve always been community based and thought it’s another great opportunity to be a part of with so many wonderful musicians”

The Keep it Live Festival will raise money for artists and music venues with a strong artistic culture in Belgrave, Victoria having been hit hard by Covid-19 which eliminated live performances. The idea for the festival emerged in response to posts on social media from local music venues which have closed due to the stressful nature of the COVID restrictions.

The Keep it Live Festival will run from September 19th -20th.

For festival updates:

Rachel Tattersall
Festival Organiser

Categories: September 2020