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‘Stagecouch’ festival kicks off as Chinese, Korean entertainment giants unveil benefit show

Stagecoach Festival in California will kick off its virtual events today, while Chinese entertainment agency Freegos Entertainment and Korean media platform KVLY have come together to launch a charity concert.


Stagecoach Festival, which has been postponed to October due to COVID-19, will kick off its virtual event today (Friday), to mark its original opening date.

The temporarily renamed ‘Stagecouch’ has been split into two parts, with the festival teaming up with SiriusXM online radio to broadcast three days of live performances. The second part on Instagram Live will see several live streamed home performances, Q&As and guitar lessons all weekend.

Headliners Thomas Rhett, Carrie Underwood and Eric Church will all feature on the broadcast, along with Old Dominion, Ashley McBryde, Jon Pardi, Midland and more.

Stagecoach talent buyer Stacy Vee said: “Celebrating Stagecoach weekend with SiriusXM, all of our artists, partners, fans and community is something we all hold so dear to our hearts. We couldn’t let this weekend in April go by quietly, so we decided to throw a house party. I hope everyone enjoys what we have put together!”

Stagecouch will be streamed on Sirius XM’s The Highway channel 56, which is now available to new subscribers for free until May 15.

The Covid-19 outbreak has forced festivals to delay events until the autumn, with Coachella, which takes place in the same California valley, now set to take place across two weekends from October 9 to 18, while Stagecoach has been moved to October 23-25.


We Are The World 2020

A virtual benefit concert, similar in format to that Global Citizen’s recent One World: Together at Home, has been announced by Chinese entertainment agency Freegos Entertainment and Korean media platform KVLY.

The charity show, which is schedule to take place on April 30, will be broadcast on YouTube and Chinese streaming platforms.

Korean record labels have been invited to take part in the concert by the state-affiliated China Benevolent General Association. The concert could mark the first time since 2016 that Korean content will appear on online platforms in China, according to the Korean Times.

The event will feature acts including Taiwanese musician Jay Chou, Hong Kong singer Jacky Cheung and G-Dragon of the K-pop band BigBang.

Fans will be able to donate to the World Health Organisation in real-time for its COVID-19 solidarity response fund, as well as to Korean welfare institution, the Community Chest of Korea.

German museums

Museums in Berlin could reopen on May 4 with restrictions in place as German authorities slowly ease restrictions on visitation measures.

Meanwhile, museums in Brandenburg state have already begun to reopen, while in the state of Thuringia museums will be able to reopen from April 28.

Those that have already reopened have put hygiene restrictions in place, such as plexiglass for ticketing desks, frequent cleaning of galleries and limiting visitor numbers.

The museums are not allowing group tours, while the Brandenburg Museum Association has suggested extending opening hours to accommodate limiting visitor numbers. It also suggested that special time slots for those in at-risk categories could be implemented.

In a recent statement, the German Association of Museums said: “With a gradual and carefully organised re-opening of the museums, we can set an important sign for a slow but safe return to normality.”

Partick Thistle

Fans of Scottish Championship football club Partick Thistle have raised £100,000 to support the club after it offered partial refunds for season ticket holders after the conclusion of the season was finalised.

Last week, the SPFL announced the 2019-20 campaign was officially cancelled, leaving five remaining home fixtures unfulfilled.

The club said that refund requests must be received by May 1, adding that: “The club fully appreciates that a refund may be much needed in some households at this time.”

The Glasgow side, whose average home attendance was 3,078 before the league’s cancellation, had sold over £40,000 worth of season tickets for the next campaign, with a GoFundMe nearing £30,000.

Thistle has also received around £20,000 from fan donations with a further £10,000 raised from club initiatives, such as the option for supporters to buy a club tile, participate in a virtual 50/50 halftime draw and the sponsorship of players.

A club spokesperson said: “Our starting point is to say another sincere ‘thank you’ to all supporters in the Partick Thistle family, who have rallied round in so many ways over the past month or so.

“We are in unprecedented times and know that many of you are experiencing difficulties of your own. That makes the total revenues generated since the middle of March humbling – the figure has now just passed the £100,000 mark.”