Traditional concerts as we once knew them might be on pause right now amid the COVID-19 pandemic, but that doesn’t mean live music has entirely disappeared.
For proof, look no further than Billie Eilish’s Where Do We Go? livestream event on Saturday, October 24.
The virtual concert covered all of Billie’s hits, from “Xanny” to “When the Party’s Over” to “Bury a Friend,” along with her more recent releases including “My Future” and “No Time to Die.”
With breathtaking visuals, optical illusions, and, in one case, a sky-high platform to showcase a duet between Billie and Finneas, the livestream was pretty much everything you might expect from an IRL Billie Eilish concert — and then some.
billie eilish? a queen of visuals pic.twitter.com/ur9Dprd6q1— juan (@watchmyxanny) October 24, 2020
i just think that the visual in billie eilish livestream. pic.twitter.com/fTF66bdRMr— amel ❀ (@eilishsprouse) October 24, 2020
The singer-songwriter also made the virtual component work in her favor, as it allowed her to connect with fans in a different, more intimate way than she might in a large stadium.
At one point while performing “Everything I Wanted,” Billie was surrounded by screens depicting seemingly live footage of her fans rocking out to her music — the closest thing to that unique feeling of scream-singing the lyrics in a crowd of strangers bound together by favorite songs.
It’s a feeling that Billie misses too; at one point towards the end of the livestream, she told fans that she hopes she can see them — in person — again soon.
“I can’t even tell you how bad I wish I could be on tour,” she said, per Variety. “During quarantine I think I realized that the only place I’ve ever felt myself, like I belong, is in front of you guys and with you guys… That will happen one day. If we vote the orange man out, maybe we’ll get to see each other again. I’m literally not even joking at all.”
THINGS BILLIE EILISH DID: THAT pic.twitter.com/nZzar5nuVt— hannah | struggle era (@IMJUSTAM1RROR) October 24, 2020
And that wasn’t the only time Billie talked about the importance of voting.
Along with the striking visuals throughout the virtual event, Billie incorporated footage of protests and the consequences of climate change, creating a vivid picture of our present — and the future that might await us if things don’t change.
“We have 10 days till this election,” Billie said. “It is so important that you vote, especially if you’re young, because we’re the ones with futures — unless you don’t vote and we all die.
But I cannot stress enough, vote as early as you can. I voted last week… We’ve got to do something, because the world is dying and people are dying and Trump is the worst.”