Summer is almost upon us and that means loud, crowded lawn concerts will once again make an appearance at amphitheaters across the country. But with tough times, fans will have to be pickier than usual. Aside from ticket prices, which have risen dramatically in recent years, the fees paid to Ticketmaster can turn even a cheap lawn seat into an expensive outing. To combat these high costs Dealnews has rounded up a collection of sites that let you watch concerts free from your computer.
Whether you are looking for a top 40 concert or more eclectic fare, Dealnews has the hookup. Unfortunately its number one choice for quality and depth of artists has closed shop, but you can still catch many concerts at their second choice, Wolfgang's vault. The aptly named vault features legendary concerts from artists such as Hendrix, the Stones, and Pink Floyd -- but only features audio. One saving grace is that you stream the concerts to your iPhone, bringing legendary concerts to whatever lawn you happen to be on.
My personal favorite site for free online concerts, AT&T's Blue Room didn't make the cut at Dealnews, but provides one of the best concert experiences I've seen short of buying a ticket. While the current catalog of concerts isn't going to blow you away, you can watch full concerts from Soulja Boy, Alkaline Trio, Jack's Mannequin and others.
The piece de resistance of AT&T's Blue Room though is coming in just over 30 days, when it will stream the Coachella concert. Coachella plays host to Paul McCartney, The Killers, Franz Ferdinand, Drive By Truckers, My Bloody Valentine, The Cure, Clipse and many, many more. On top of offering a wide array of musicians; AT&T's Blue Room offers high quality full screen streaming if your Internet connection can handle it.
If you and you're buddies can't afford the gas to drive to Coachella or another favorite concert series, this may be the best time to take advantage of all that money you invested in your home theater. With a laptop and a keg you can recreate the concert experience in your living room. Don't forget to warn your neighbors!
Since watching concerts online can't replace the experience of attending an actual concert, look for concerts with extras to get more for your money. One example is No Doubt's offer for a free download of their entire catalog with select concert tickets. I wouldn't be surprised to see more deals like this as bands try to fill up venues in order to cash in on lucrative concerts.
If you love online streaming concerts, be sure to check out WalletPop's guide to free online music for the cheapest and easiest way to bring music to your cube or your house party.
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