This weekend's must-watch TV was a no-brainer - and best of all, the One World: Together at Home concert delivered as promised. Curated by Lady Gaga, it's best thought of as a spiritual successor to Live Aid, featuring a similarly jaw-dropping line-up of mega-stars all trying to raise money for a good cause - in the case of 2020, that being the WHO and coronavirus frontline workers around the globe. Read on for how to watch the One World: Together at Home concert on TV or stream it for free online wherever you are this weekend.
One World: Together at Home is an unprecedented virtual event organized to raise funds for the WHO and frontline healthcare workers during the Covid-19 pandemic. With a line-up handpicked by Lady Gaga, the live two-hour mega show took place on Saturday April 18 in the US - or early Sunday morning in the UK. It's available to watch and re-watch pretty much anywhere with internet access, but cord-cutters had it best courtesy of Sling TV, which allowed anyone to stream One World: Together at Home for free. In the UK, the BBC is airing in Sunday, April 19 at 7.15pm.
Gaga dubbed the event "a love letter to the world" and some of our highlights included (minor spoiler alert?) Jennifer Hudson's breathtaking rendition of Hallelujah - a stunning cover of the classic Leonard Cohen song that's right up there with the Jeff Buckley version. Paul McCartney certainly looked like he was having fun, too, even if there was a hint of student union karaoke about his performance. Elton John, on the other hand, positively rolled back the years and was in vintage form.
Other major takeaways from the night? Celebrities have really nice houses to self-isolate in, you definitely don't want to play a drinking game involving the word 'unprecedented' any time soon, and Eddie Vedder's voice is one of the wonders of the modern world.
While it has now aired live in the US, you can still easily watch One World: Together at Home online if you missed it- and those in the UK have the official BBC broadcast to look forward to tonight at 7.15pm BST.
One World: Together at Home - UK time and lineup highlights
This weekend's blockbuster gig was hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, Jimmy Fallon and Stephen Colbert - but they're almost an afterthought compared to the One World: Together at Home lineup, which reads like a festival organizer's dream. There's legends like Elton John, The Rolling Stones, and Stevie Wonder; celebrity royalty including David and Victoria Beckham, Oprah and Samuel L. Jackson; and three of biggest acts of 2020 in event curator Lady Gaga, Billie Ellish and Taylor Swift.
Beyond that, flannel-loving 90s kids get their fix thanks to Eddie Vedder, Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong and Alanis Morissette. Even classical music fans get a treat courtesy of Andrea Bocelli and Lang Lang - while those after an even smoother groove can look forward to Alicia Keyes, Usher, and Jennifer Hudson.
And for those who like to max out at PG-13, there's Chris Martin, Michael Buble and The Killers - because nothing screams 'lockdown' like a weekend singalong on Houseparty.
So without further ado - here's how to watch One World: Together at Home in the UK, US and more - stream or re-watch the biggest concert of modern times for free no matter where you are in the world this weekend.
Watch One World: Together at Home in the UK - get a free stream of the concert today
An 8pm US start time Saturday meant that the One World: Together at Home concert didn't start until 1am in the UK. But fear not, as Brits get a complete replay of the event starting at the more sociable (but still socially-distanced) hour of 7.15pm BST on Sunday, April 19.
It airs on BBC One at that time, meaning that it can also be readily streamed using BBC iPlayer - you only need a valid TV licence and it's completely free.
If the BBC's coverage is what you're after but you can't tune in due to geo-blocking, remember that you can get around this problem simply by downloading and installing a VPN.
How to rewatch One World: Together at Home in the US for free
The virtual event of the century went live at 8pm ET/PT and 7pm CT on Saturday in the US, when One World: Together at Home took over a number of popular free-to-air channels, including ABC, CBS and NBC.
Pure cord-cutters also had it good this weekend thanks to Sling TV, which has an ongoing special offer that lets you watch the best of the service's live TV offerings for free between the hours of 5pm and midnight ET each night - so One World: Together at Home was comfortably covered by the Sling TV Happy Hour promo.
Re-watching One World: Together at Home and its many highlights is equally easy - just head to the Global Citizen website, where you'll find the entire event on offer via YouTube.
Live stream One World: Together at Home in Australia - how to watch in Australia for free
It was brekkie and beats for Aussies this Sunday morning, as the One World: Together at Home spectacular was shown by Channel 10 from 10am to 12pm AEST on April 19. Those after a pure streaming option Down Under had the option to check out beIN - the normally sports-centric service branching out into music events this weekend, because...there's no sport?
As before, anyone wanting to re-watch the gig will find everything they need on the Global Citizen website - while anyone away from home can tune in to the usual coverage by downloading and installing a VPN.
Here's how to do just that.
How to watch One World: Together at Home - stream the conert from anywhere in the world
While the One World: Together at Home concert was widely shown on free-to-air channels all over the globe, if you can't access the companion streaming service you normally would want due to geo-blocking restrictions, there's an easy solution.
Downloading a VPN will allow you to stream One World: Together at Home no matter where you are. This simple bit of software changes your IP address so that you can access content from anywhere in the world, simply by pointing yourself to the location where it's available.
While there are hundreds of VPNs to choose from, we always recommend ExpressVPN. As well as being fast, simple, and straightforward to install, it's also compatible with a whole host of devices - Amazon Fire TV Stick, Apple TV, Xbox, PlayStation, iOS and Android to name some of the main ones.
Plus, ExpressVPN's flexible 30-day money back guarantee is difficult to argue with. Even better, you can purchase an annual plan for a 49% discount and 3 months extra FREE – a brilliant offer for an essential bit of software.
Once installed, select the location of your home country and simply click connect to watch One World: Together at home from anywhere on the planet.
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