Virtual gig guide: Your guide to the best live streaming music and online musical events for the week ahead

Rory Nellis, back in the days when you could still leave the house safely. He's live on Facebook tomorrow at 9pm

Rory Nellis – Sanitiser Sessions

LOCAL music star Rory Nellis has been doing a series of live streamed acoustic performances from the comfort of his living room, showcasing songs from his pair of fine albums There Are Enough Love Songs in The World and Ready For You Now, plus choice covers and even the odd favourite by his old outfit Seven Summits. The next one takes place at 9pm tomorrow night at, where you'll also find the very first Sanitiser Session archived for posterity in the 'videos' section. Check out his solo stuff and maybe even support him by buying something at

Duncairn Virtual Cabaret

BELFAST music hub The Duncairn's new virtual innovation is a live streamed series of performances from musicians, poets and artists performing on Facebook and YouTube. Donations are encouraged with all funds going directly to the performers. For details on upcoming performances visit and

Cocoons with Matt McGinn and Cormac Neeson

LOCAL musicians Matt McGinn and Cormac 'The Answer' Neeson are hosting a series of virtual gigs on Saturday nights using Facebook Live, featuring special guests from around the world. Tomorrow evening's show will feature sets from Dublin's Old Sea Legs, Co Antrim soul singer Amanda St John and Manchester's Gary Quinn along with performances from McGinn and Neeson themselves. Tune in from 7pm via

#timstwitterlistening party does Ash – 1977

CHARLATANS frontman Tim Burgess has been keeping busy during lockdown by hosting a series of live Twitter listening parties via his account @Tim_Burgess, where fans get together to play through a classic album while sharing their memories and learning interesting 'making of' tidbits from the artists themselves. Next week, Downpatrick's Ash will be getting involved with the listening party for their 1996 debut LP, 1977. Have your copy ready to go for 9pm on April 15 – and don't forget to tune that air guitar.


CLASSICAL fans take note – just because you can't go out doesn't mean you can't still enjoy music from The Ulster Orchestra. Their new digital platform #UOletsplayathome features one of their players or a performance every day at 3pm on the Orchestra's Facebook page at

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