A total of four million plus people tuned into Porter Robinson’s Secret Sky festival on Saturday, May 9th. While technically falling under the same umbrella and practices as other recently streamed efforts, the virtual gathering set the standard as the live entertainment industry continues to seek a solution to the problems it’s currently facing.
The stream, which served as the follow-up to the festival’s 2019 in-person debut, was a trending topic on Twitter before it even began on Saturday afternoon with fans of all attending artists hyping up the event. Throughout a total of 14 hours of music, 19 unique acts were queued and put their talents on display to amass more than $100,000.00 in donations to support the MusiCares Relief Fund – a popular choice among artists. With that contribution, to date, the Relief Fund has raised some $14,000,000.00 to support numerous music industry professionals affected by the pandemic.
The broadcast kicked off with a set conducted by Porter Robinson who threw it back to his Spitfire days when he spun tunes under the name “DJ Potaro.” The remainder of the schedule was filled by Jai Wolf, Shadient, San Holo, GRRL, WAVEDASH, G Jones and more. The North Carolina native’s “Shelter” counterpart also hosted a DJ set as Madeon played an hour straight and teased an unreleased track that was suspended from his sophomore album, Good Faith.
Secret Sky’s main course featured a return of Robinson, who set social media ablaze during every second of his 72-minute broadcast while playing to 250,000 concurrent viewers. He covered the sonic spectrum with cuts that ranged from a “Something Comforting” versus “Sad Machine” mashup to a Lil B personal freestyle to an Avril Lavigne vs. “Language” edit to an unreleased single from Nurture. All tolled it was a much-needed escape from our new reality. Watch that set, and many more below.
Photo: Ali Mousavi