After 63 days with out dwell music, a live performance in an empty theatre restored my soul

It will be, to my shock, the final time I might see dwell music for a while. An odd set of circumstances for somebody who sees tons of of gigs a yr and is extra typically discovered at a venue listening to music than at residence.

A 2017 music psychology examine discovered a connection between ordinary music engagement and subjective wellbeing. Principally going to gigs makes you content. I did not want a psychologist to inform me that, I do know I’m at my finest when I’m in the midst of a heaving crowd watching one in all my favorite bands play. Seeing Gang of Youths play the Enmore will, endlessly, be one of many best moments of my life.

Gang of Youths performing at The Enmore.

Gang of Youths acting at The Enmore.Credit score:Christopher Pearce

Hell, I even get pleasure from going to gigs I do not actually like. There’s something in regards to the trade of vitality between the performer and the viewers that feeds my soul, one thing in regards to the unity of a crowd all shifting as one, singing the lyrics again to the artist that fills the very core of my being.

Sixty-three days with out it has been laborious. Like many I’ve suffered durations of melancholy and nervousness, I have never felt myself for weeks. I’ve countered it with listening to recorded music, which I really like, nevertheless it is not the identical. I’ve watched numerous gigs streamed from artists’ lounge rooms with various levels of success. I’ve even revisited clips on my cellphone from exhibits that I’ve liked. None of it has touched the place dwell gig can.

So when the Sydney Opera Home invited me to cowl the very first live-streamed occasion from the hallowed Joan Sutherland Theatre stage with Australia’s astonishingly proficient Emma Pask, I leapt on the alternative.


On Saturday evening, I placed on a wise jacket, I sprayed some cologne, I brushed my hair and I sat within the 1,507 theatre alone (however for the crew who had been making it occur). Was it the identical as being at a dwell gig with hundreds of others? Completely not. Did it fill my soul? Completely. It felt like one thing that had been snatched from my arms had been given again to me and I cherished it. Pask was extraordinary, her vitality gave me vitality and, I hope, I used to be in a position to give her some again.

The lock down has been a sword by means of the center of the dwell leisure business, decimating the revenue of hundreds of individuals. However it has additionally been a knife by means of the center of the folks that make the business hum; the followers.

Aside from the nicely reported disadvantages of being socially remoted, the dearth of dwell efficiency in our lives removes the connection between music engagement and wellbeing.

As social distancing measures slowly carry and we start the gradual stroll again to normality I, for one, am eagerly awaiting the second we are able to dance collectively once more.