40 Zoom backgrounds from Lollapalooza, Riot Fest, Governors Ball, Afropunk & more
With live music events being postponed and cancelled left and right amid the continuing coronavirus pandemic, it's likely any plans you had of attending summer festivals are off, at this point. One thing we have been doing a lot of, though, is hopping on Zoom chats, whether it's to see friends and family, or watch livestreamed performances. If you want to represent your favorite festival, or pretend you're somewhere other than your home, preferably outdoors watching bands, we've put together a collection of 40 background images, taken by our contributing photographers at festivals, to use on Zoom or your video conferencing software of choice. Just right click and select "Save image as" to save the images which were taken at Lollapalooza, Riot Fest, Governors Ball, Afropunk, Electric Zoo, and Pitchfork, below...
July 30 - August 2, 2020, Chicago, IL)
Status: Officially cancelled for 2020. They'll be back in 2021, and they're hosting a virtual event this summer instead.
RIOT FEST (
September 11 - September 13, 2020 September 17-19, 2021, Chicago, IL)
Status: The festival's 2020 edition is cancelled, but they'll be back in 2021, and they've revealed the first wave lineup, including My Chemical Romance, Smashing Pumpkins, Run the Jewels, Pixies, and more.
GOVERNORS BALL (
June 5 - June 7, 2020, NYC)
Status: Officially cancelled. Organizers are planning the 2021 edition. 2020's lineup included Missy Elliott, Tame Impala, Vampire Weekend, Stevie Nicks, Miley Cyrus, Solange, and more.
AFROPUNK (August 22 - August 23, 2020, NYC)
Status: We know the dates organizers originally planned to hold the 16th edition of Afropunk Brooklyn, but that's all we know, currently.
PITCHFORK FESTIVAL (
July 17 - July 19, 2020, Chicago, IL)
Status: Officially cancelled. The 2020 edition of the festival was originally scheduled to include sets from Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Run the Jewels, The National, Fiery Furnaces, Angel Olsen, Sharon Van Etten, Big Thief, Twin Peaks, Kim Gordon, and more.
ELECTRIC ZOO (September 4 - September 6, 2020, NYC)
Status: In their last update official update, back in March, Electric Zoo organizers said they still planned to hold the festival over Labor Day Weekend, but no lineup or further updates yet.
For even more Zoom backgrounds, the BBC shared empty set images from some of their classic shows.
photos by James Richards IV, Gretchen Robinette, and Amanda Hatfield