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Stella Donnelly among acts performing Isol-Aid! live-stream music festival amid coronavirus crisis

Stella Donnelly among acts performing Isol-Aid! live-stream music festival amid coronavirus crisis

Some of the brightest up-and-coming acts in Australian music are performing an online music festival this weekend to help musicians struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The live-stream festival kicked off at midday today and will go through to midnight tonight, before another set of musicians take the reigns tomorrow.

Dubbed Isol-Aid! (for self-isolation), the concert experience will feature some of WA’s best young talent playing 20-minute sets through their Instagram accounts.

One of the top-billed acts is breakout WA crooner Stella Donnelly, who will perform at 7:20pm AWST tonight.

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Donnelly said she hoped the festival would bring those watching “some light in the dark times”.

In total 74 Aussie acts will take the metaphorical stage, introducing the next artist via the platform and sending concert-goers “down a rabbithole of new music discovery” over the weekend.

The event was organised by muso Merpire, festival organiser Em Ulman and manager Shannen Egan after the Aussie live music scene took a huge hit from the ban on non-essential gatherings amid the coronavirus outbreak.

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Music festivals were cancelled across the nation due to the restrictions on outdoor gatherings capped at 500, with musicians suffering as a result of indoor gatherings restricted to 100 - meaning artists’ biggest source of revenue, live gigs, are unable to proceed for the foreseeable future.