While we all wish we could wave a magic wand and make the pandemic disappear, for now the situation is here to stay. But since COVID-19 hit, livestream technology has served as practical magic for delivering music and helping artists and fans connect, even while we’re separated.
On Sept. 17-20, the second incarnation of the Abracadabra livestream festival will deliver more musical alchemy via a lineup including Diplo, Tycho, Snoop Dogg’s DJ alter-ego DJ Snoopadelic, Channel Tres, Nicole Moudaber, Claude Vonstroke, Beats Antique, Abracadabra co-founder Blond:ish and a sprawling crew of 75 total acts. See the complete lineup below.
The free event will stream from the Los Angeles Theatre 24 hours a day via Twitch. In addition to the music, Abracadabra will feature an expansive self-care lineup, with workshops and talks from a bevy of facilitators intent on making you feel brighter and more grounded in these challenging times. There will also be interactive magic shows and T-Pain leading a live palm reading session.
“As an international touring artist affected by Covid-19, it feels like we’re cracking the code in terms of continuing to build a connection with our community and bring them new transformative experiences from afar,” Blond:ish says in a statement. “Virtual events have greater reach and even more merit than physical ones in some ways, and will give an edge to the human connection we feel when physical events eventually return.”
100 percent of the proceeds, raised via voluntary viewer donations, will benefit environmental organizations including Lonely Whale, Parley for the Oceans and Blond:ish’s non-profit, Bye Bye Plastic, which is dedicated to eliminating single use plastics from the music industry by 2025.