The Río Padrón recording studio, a pioneer in online concerts

Elendil Díez de Oñate and his son Manuel, on the main stage at their recording studio. j.m.m
Elendil Díez de Oñate and his son Manuel, on the main stage at their recording studio. j.m.m
  • Users can enjoy watching a variety of live music performances on any device for a price of between five and seven euros

It is now possible to sit on the sofa and enjoy watching a concert on any type of device. It is undeniable that 2020 has been an atypical year during which every sector has had to reinvent itself. With restrictions imposed on live concerts, it was only a matter of time before someone came up with new strategies for bands and that is how concerts have begun to be streamed, thanks to the work of different online platforms and companies such as the Río Padrón recording studio in Estepona.

Elendil Díez de Oñate was reading a newspaper during lockdown when he saw an article about one of these platforms. He decided to contact them and tell them he had the ideal infrastructure for these concerts, his recording studio in Estepona, which he runs with his son Manuel. A five minute chat was enough to reach an agreement and form an association with the Live Vuvuzela platform.

The system is very simple. Just go to the website and choose the event that interests you, pay the entrance fee (between five and seven euros) and enjoy the live show. The price is very reasonable, bearing in mind that it can be shared between several people and there is also the option of watching previous shows again on demand.

"With the pandemic, we wanted to do something to help local musicians and bands. I'm a musician and I understand the problems for the sector," says Elendil, proud of having set up this project which will soon be presenting its seventh concert of this type.

Like everything new, it will take time for streamed concerts to be seen as a real alternative. "We knew when we started that it wouldn't be very profitable," says Elendil, but he is convinced that it is very important. "It gives the car key back to the musicians. They have lost so much power with record companies, managers and platforms. Now they can decide, and the final result is up to them. It gives them the opportunity to come and record what they have been working on for a year or two," he says.

A high-definition video filmed with several cameras, lighting and spectacular sound quality is the final result of this magic formula which has delighted the bands which have tried it. "The idea of taking home a video of this quality is almost more attractive than being able to sell tickets anywhere in the world, and all for 290 euros, a symbolic price just to cover production costs," says Elendil, who is optimistic about the future. "The pandemic has speeded this up, maybe by several years. Streaming is the way forward."

Somebody had to show the way, and bands on the Costa del Sol are lucky that it was Río Padrón Recording Studios.