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The social media strategies of punk and metal bands on Instagram during the COVID-19 closures of live music venues in Melbourne

Issue: Vol 22 No. 2 (2022) ADVANCE ACCESS TO FORTHCOMING ARTICLES

Journal: Perfect Beat

Subject Areas: Popular Music

DOI: 10.1558/prbt.19369

Abstract:

The COVID-19 pandemic caused the closures of live music venues in Melbourne, Australia between March and November 2020. During this period, punk band Clowns and metal band Ocean Grove used the social media platform Instagram to engage their audiences and maintain their standing within their scene despite not being able to engage in regular activities such as live performance. This Riff analyses the strategies used by the bands, including fan engagement and dialogue, nostalgia for pre-pandemic times, and promotion and fundraising. When used in combination, these categories enabled the bands to solicit conversation from their fans, foster unity by reminiscing about previous successes, and promote merchandise and support organizations which mitigated the loss of income across the industry

Author: Al Marsden

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