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30 November 2020

Islands in the stream

Saturday 11 April 2020 | Written by Rashneel Kumar | Published in Entertainment

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Islands in the stream
DJ Ardy usually performs at Rehab nightclub; now he is one of the artists performing in the “Rehab on Lockdown” live Facebook stream. CREATORS HYPE 20040942

Better internet speeds are allowing locals to follow their favourite Cook Islands DJs on their live streams.

A local nightclub has joined the latest wave of online concerts and live performances to keep its patrons entertained at their homes during the coronavirus crisis.

Rehab Nightclub has started “Rehab on Lockdown – LIVE on Facebook” initiative featuring resident DJs.

Club owner Scott Arlander says with the disintegration of in-person nightlife as a result of Covid-19, they have been thinking about ways to stay relevant and engaged with their loyal Rehab party-goers.

“Rehab on Lockdown” was their answer.

“The concept is simple: we will have our resident DJs and special guest DJs livestream performances on our Rehab Facebook page from their home studios during the Covid-19 lockdown period,” Arlander says.

“Not only do we intend on engaging with our on island fan base but we also hope to reach out to everyone around the globe who has enjoyed a Rehab nightlife experience in Rarotonga.”

Internationally, the coronavirus outbreak has caused mass cancellations of tours, concerts, and festivals.

But some artists have remained determined to connect with fans by playing live concerts from their homes.

According to Insider, musicians like Coldplay’s Chris Martin, John Legend, Pink, Keith Urban, and Diplo have been livestreaming music and posting concert videos on social media.

“Rehab on Lockdown” is loosely inspired by these new live streams.

On Thursday night, the first ever Rehab livestream show featured special guest DJ Mark Zow. Zow is an Australian electronic dance music DJ and producer who is based in Rarotonga.

Scott Arlander says Zow’s passion and addiction for house music dates back to the late 80s.

“He is a respected DJ act, regularly performing around the globe and regularly heads up the Rehab Ministry DJ line up on the last Thursday of every month.”

The nightclub will follow up with more livestreams over the Easter long weekend from resident DJ Habsinth, DJ Ardy, DJ Junior and DJ Kane.

“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything,” Arlander says.

“We hope our initiative will help shine a little ray of musical light into a dark moment for everyone around the world.”