As the music industry peeks beyond COVID-19, Washington’s Gorge Amphitheater is preparing to livestream concerts


Michael Rietmulder


Seattle Times music writer soft pants One year and one switch into the pandemic, it seems certain that some of our rona lifestyle adjustments will spill over into the post-vaccine world. (Take your recordings, folks!) Beyond the rise of “

”, livestream concerts are a lockdown phenomenon that seems to be staying here at least in some form.

The concert industry Juggernaut Live Nation plans to equip dozen of its venues with live streaming technology, the company announced on Tuesday. The Gorge Amphitheater is one of over 60 American venues to receive technology from VEEPS, a live streaming platform that Live Nation acquired earlier this year.

For now, a livestream series According to a press release, the VEEPS setup will support artistswho play in these clubs, theaters and amphitheatres provide the ability to “broadcast their event to fans around the world with the push of a button. No gorge shows have been announced with livestream options, and local Live Nation fans have questions about forwarded the plans for the Washington venue to a company spokesperson who did not respond immediately.

will be premiered on May 7th at Wiltern in Los Angeles and offers concerts by rap stars Young Thug and Freddie Gibbs, the alt-pop trio LANY and the pop singer JP Saxe.

“Artists and fans are excited to return to shows and livestreams will continue to provide them with opportunities to connect more than ever,” said Michael Rapino, CEO of Live Nation, in the publication.VEEPS was founded by the mall punk brothers Joel and Benji Madden from Good Charlotte and has found at least one local fan in Brandi Carlile who has used the platform over the past year to numerous performances

from their home at the Maple Valley; more recently Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. It remains to be seen if the canyon will have part of their summer concert season, but Carlile’s August 14th date at the venue appears to be a potential streaming contender.

When Carlile was asked last month about the prospect of her blowout in the canyon falling as planned, she sounded optimistic. “I’ve heard good things,” she said. “I’ve heard really good things, I think it’s going to happen.“In a broader sense, the industry has its sights set on a September return for touring, with fall

concert announcements piling up day by day. Last summer, Woodinville-based electronic star Seven Lions, in partnership with dance promoter Insomniac Events, recorded anGorge debut deserted sunset performance