Virtual Karaoke Parties are making it easy for fun-loving people to face the possibility that pubs and bars may not reopen as planned on July 04, 2020.
The Watch2Gether music-video streaming app and Zoom video conferencing platform has somehow turned life-after-lockdown around. Combining the technologies of ths two, enable groups of young or old party goers to re-experience the fun of drinking and singing karaoke-style together, even if if virtually.
Besides, even if bars and pubs reopen, the new norm will have people drinking six feet apart from each other. The setting is hardly appealing for those who find enjoyment in drinking in the company of friends. Procuring drinks won’t be a problem either, since there are a lot of establishments that transitioned into the food and/or alcohol delivery business, ever since COVID-19 lockdowns were imposed.
Moreover, people aren’t supposed to be outside of their homes, once the curfew is up, which makes a night out drinking difficult and potentially problematic.
The only thing left for a new karaoke-party host to do, is to get pointers and tips on how to set up a karaoke room where the sing-along-entertainment will take place; albeit guests will have their individual drinking session in the comfort and safety of their respective home. .
Other Choices of Music Video Streaming Apps and Video Conferencing Platforms
First off, be in the know there are alternatives to the Watch2Gether app, such as Rave, Sync Video, Showgoers, Together Tube and SynchTube. Aside from being the host, you may also have to act as the Karaoke Jockey (KJ). You might want to consider looking over other tech providers just to make the YouTube or Vimeo music videos will streamline seamlessly.
It will help to remind your virtual Karaoke Party attendees to sign for a free Watch2Gether account, in case they want to save and watch your music room event for later. Otherwise, the room will be considered temporary and will be deleted within 24 hours.
The video conferencing service does not have to be Zoom either. Some invitees might not feel comfortable in using the platform because of the many negative feedback that came out at the wake of its launch. Get a feel of what might be the general preference, as others might like to stick to the older brands like Google Hangouts, Microsoft Teams, Cisco Webex or Skype.
Take note that free Zoom use, imposes a 40-minute time limit for every three or more participants.
Assemble the Karaoke Song List in Advance
Once you have sent out invites, ask those who are sure to join to provide you with the song they plan to sing. Another way to go about this is to compile a list of popular Karaoke song selections to the virtual Karaoke room. Everytime you receive a reply about a song choice, create a playback cue by hitting the plus sign when the song comes up. During the virtual drinking party, the playback cue will streamline the process by which guests get their turn to sing along with the music video.
Also be sure to indicate the link for the Zoom Party and the Watch2Gether link for the Karaoke-room If your invitees will be experiencing a virtual Karaoke Party for the first time, it would be best to explain that the Zoom link will allow them access to the videoconferencing platform, while the Watch2Gether link will enable all participants to watch the music videos simultaneously, to be shown in accordance with the playback list.