Isol-Aid is an online music festival and gathering space, where every weekend from 12 noon to 12 midnight (AEST) artists play 20-minute sets streamed live via their Instagram accounts. At the end of their set, each musician tag-teams the next artist to play, sending fans down a rabbit hole of new music discovery, community, and good feels.
The festival was created in the days after the coronavirus pandemic reached Australia, when it became immediately clear that musicians would be heavily impacted by the cancellation of their shows and tours. At that time, it also became clear that the music community would have to disperse and could no longer meet up at small or large venues, record stores or festivals, to participate, support, buy merch, sing and dance to their favourite artists.
Isol-Aid helps musicians – who would otherwise have had shows, launches, tours, and other appearances planned for this period – to stream live and online to an audience of their already devoted fans, as well as new fans who are there waiting to discover and connect. As the name of the festival suggests, Isol-Aid encourages people to stay home and physically isolate during this tough time, while also providing them with community and incredible cultural nourishment, and a whole lot of other fans to commune with in the comments section of the feed.