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Our 15 favourite virtual gig ideas

Our co-founder, Simone, has curated 15 gig ideas for inspiration for your next thoughtful gift.

Written BY

Simone Girardeau

Co-founder, marketing & PR, can't sing to save my life

Steffen Hoyemsvoll

Co-founder, ops & tech, Spotify-hogger

July 2020

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Are you looking for the perfect gift or experience that
- Is thoughtful, personal and creates lasting memories
- Supports the arts at a difficult time & raises money for charity
- Doesn’t require postage & is social distancing approved?

Then you have come to the right place! A Lockdown Presents gig is a unique experience for almost any occasion. We've pulled together our rundown of some of the most fun, thoughtful, and novel gig ideas for your next live virtual performance.

Thoughtful gift for a cancelled wedding due to Coronavirus
Friends had to cancel their wedding?

1. THE WEDDING GIFT

Gather the bridal party and celebrate with them virtually. Send a bottle of champagne for the couple to crack open and surprise them with a musician [anniversary link] joining the call to play their first song. They can finally show off that dance routine practice!

2. THE BIRTHDAY

Can’t be there for your loved one’s birthday?

Add a really special moment to a virtual birthday party and have a professional musician join to wish them Happy Birthday and play their favourite tunes. The surprise on their face when they see a new name pop up in the call will be priceless.

3. THE CHEERER UPPER

Friend been working too hard? Having a tough time?

Cheer them up with a lively violin duet. It will show how much you care, and take their mind off things for a bit. Music really does have a feel good power!

Opera lover missing their season ticket?

4. FRONT ROW OPERA TICKET

Thrill them with their very own private opera performance. Even better than front row seats - they get to chat to the star of the show and see behind the mask.

5. THE NEW VIRTUAL

Do something different for virtual catch up

Running out of new news on the weekly catch up after another week of walks around the local park? Treat your friends with a singalong [get togethers] - Hey Big Spender always seems to get a few people up and dancing!

6. THE FIRST DATE

Want to organise a unique virtual first date?

Let them order you each matching take-out, and you book the entertainment! Impress them with your very own private concert [romantic], it will certainly give you lots to talk about!

Want to say a really big thank you?

7. THE REALLY BIG THANK YOU

Treat someone you love with a Fortnum & Mason’s hamper and a private classical recital [classical performers]. Pick a sunny Sunday afternoon and they can take a blanket and bubbles and recreate their own mini-Proms

8.THE QUIZ

Quiz round

Want to really up the game on virtual quizzes? Book one of our acoustic guitarists [link virtual get togethers / quiz round set] to strum the opening chords for the next “Guess the song” round. They can sing the chorus if it’s too hard!

9. THE ANNIVERSARY

Milestone anniversary celebration

Can’t be with your grandparents for a milestone anniversary? Book them their own private classical recital [classical performers] and get all the family online to celebrate with them. They’ll be so thrilled, it’ll be worth the tutorial to get them on Zoom!

The new virtual company social

10. THE WORK HARD GIG HARDER

Post work drinks

Keeping company culture and teams connected is even more important than ever [blog post]. Why not book a musician [company page] or two to join the next company virtual social as a treat for employees? They can send in their requests on chat, or you could make it a quiz or competition.

11. THE INTERESTING INTERMISSION

Book club

Add another level to book club discussions and book a private recital [get togethers]. Challenge to the Chair - can you link the music genre to the theme of the book?

12. THE FOMO

Missing live concerts

Know someone missing the thrill of the concert halls and keen to support the arts? Ask a musician to put together their top 3 pieces[all performers], having a private Q&A with a professional is even better than front row seats!

Spread the love

13. Romantic gesture

Want to show someone how much you love them from across an ocean? Go even further than a bunch of roses and pair them with a beautifully sung love song [romantic].

14. THE BABY SHOWER

Welcome the new arrival

Going out to a show feels like lightyears away for the new parents. Add a little culture to their life and do something incredibly thoughtful - send a ‘welcome to the world’ song [congratulations]. “Here comes the sun” brought a tear to one new parents eye.

15. THE REKINDLING

Connect from afar

Some people have been doing video catch ups since long before the pandemic. Surprise your friend across the world by getting you all ‘tickets’ to a virtual live gig together [get togethers]. Being in the audience together is a sure way to close that distance.