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LONDON - SINGAPORE - NEW YORK - DJs are live-streaming sets to partygoers dancing at home due to the lockdown.

Strobe light flash across a near empty dance floor, as the DJ live-streams thumping electronic music from a Singapore nightclub to revellers confined to their homes due to coronavirus pandemic.

The outbreak sweeping the globe has shuttered once lively nightspots from London to New York, but innovative DJs have started putting their performances online so clubbers don't miss out.

The trend is another example of how the virus, which has left some 3.6 billion people stuck at home under lockdown, is upending daily life in ways unthinkable until recently, as governments impose social-distancing curbs to stem its spread.

After Singapore ordered the closure of many entertainment venues last week following a steady rise in infections, popular night club Zouk threw a ''cloud clubbing'' party, streaming live performances by six DJs via an app. It took place on a Friday night, when the club is often packed with hundreds of partygoers - but only a handful of people were allowed to attend, most of them staff.

DJ Nash D conceded he found it weird at first. ''When you play for a dance floor with a room full of people, you can feel the energy come back, and I like to DJ off that energy,'' the DJ, real name Danish Nair,'' told AFP.

But he quickly got used it and live comments from clubbers scrolling past on his laptop were helpful. ''Whatever song requests that they had actually guided in a certain direction.''

As well as the comments which came in via live-streaming app Bigo Live, clubbers sent virtual gifts to the DJs such as bells and snowflakes that can later be exchanged for call.

The nightclub partnered with gaming equipment company Razer and the live streaming app, attracting 200,000 total views for three-hour event. At its peak, 5,600 people were watching via the app.

In China, where the virus first merged last year, DJs and night spots started live-streaming performances at the beginning of February, when the country's outbreak was at the pinnacle.

Shanghai and Beijing venues pioneered live-streamed clubbing on Douyin, China's version of TikTok, which also allows fans to buy gifts which can be swapped for cash.

Beijing club One Third attracted over a million viewers and generated nearly two million yuan [$280,00] in rewards from its fans in a five-hour live stream, according to news website iPeng.

Closed nightclubs and Djs stuck at home are also hosting virtual dance parties in New York, the epicenter of America's worsening outbreak. Live performance outfit ''The Dance Cartel'' parties for has started hosting ''Social Distance'' parties for ''dance nights together, apart'' three times a week.

Participants dance with one another over the Zoom video chat app, with some donning costumes and others setting up colourful disco lights. The parties are free but people are encouraged to make donation to the DJs and hosts.

With the death toll from the virus new well above 42,000 globally and no sign of the pandemic slowing down, online clubbing only looks set to get more popular. Singapore's decision to close nightclubs came as authorities slowly tighten restrictions following a jump in cases, with city-state so far having reported over 900 infections and three deaths.

Despite the challenges, some performers are slowly warming to the idea of online clubbing : 'Online, I feel everybody is more in their natural state.'' said the Singapore DJ LeNERD, real name Patrick Lewis,'' who played at Friday's event. ''They are more themselves and they are more honest.''

With respectful dedication to the Students, Professors and Teachers of the world and author News desk/ Express Tribune. 

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