Help

There will be two places to experience Blue Skies Virtual 2021 Festival. The Main Stage Concerts and most Workshops will appear on YouTube either as a live event (as is the case with the main stage events) or as a pre-recorded video. If you can’t make it to the live events during the weekend, don’t worry! The performances will be recorded and available on the Blue Skies Youtube page afterwards as well.
There is also a community site for text, audio and video interactions called Discord. This is an website that we have tried to make into a sort of ‘virtual festival grounds’, with different chat rooms that represent different areas of the festival. The Discord App is a great place to reconnect with Blue Skies friends in real time, and will be moderated by volunteers over the festival weekend who will make sure that everyone is having a good time, and has the technical help they need. If you are interested in participating on Discord, we highly recommend that you introduce yourself to the App by downloading it and making an account before the festival weekend. It’s free! Below you’ll see basic help info for both.

New! How to make a good video! Jake Roels has made a short video quick with tips!

YouTube

A Live broadcast with Magoo as MC and Mainstage Performers on the BlueSkies YouTube channel

You can sit back and watch with or without chit chat in the chat window.

Campfire jam and Open Stage videos that Blue Skies friends and musicians have contributed.

No one needs to have an account on Youtube to be able to go to the website and watch the show, but if you’d like to subscribe to the channel, save playlists, or comment on videos you’ll need a Google Gmail account. This is an easy process, but if you’d like some guidance here’s a helpful link to a page that covers all sorts of youtube tutorials.

Youtube Live instructions

Youtube Tutorials Link

 

Discord

You will also have an opportunity to socialize virtually on an online community site which has been designed to reflect the earthbound Blue Skies site. A few workshops will happen on Discord, keep checking the program site to find out which ones. In Discord you will find chatrooms named after Blue Skies hot spots and camping areas (for example, Magooville, Info booth…) in which you can socialize with friends via text and video chat. Anyone can join for free! Here’s what you can do on Discord

Some of us have found Discord to be unstable for video if your internet service is not so fast, but voice and text chatting is possible, as is sharing pictures and online games. If you are having trouble figuring any of it out before the festival weekend, feel free to send an email to willow.althea.weber@gmail.com and she will try and send help your way A.S.A.P.!

Blue Skies is a family friendly festival, please treat each other kindly and with respect. While Blue Skies is a friendly place, we must keep in mind that this is the internet after all, please hangout with your kids. If you are concerned about your safety Discord has options to keep your DMs clean and prevent any unwarranted surprises at bay.

Discord will be moderated during certain high traffic festival times. Discord kids area will be moderated between 8 am and Noon daily, and the server as a whole will be moderated between 5pm and midnight each evening. Workshops will also be moderated. If necessary you’ll find volunteer Moderators by texting @Moderator in the Discord chat. How to find a Moderator on Discord

Discord is a little more complicated than Youtube to navigate; free – but you need an account, and we suggest you take a bit of time to go to the browser version or download the App to your phone or computer and play with it for a while.

Discord runs on Windows, macOS, Android, iOS, Linux, and in web browsers.

How to Install Discord

Discord Tutorial Link

The Interface aka What’s that button?

A guide to Discord

Discord Help pages

If you’ve tried with no success you can contact:

Willow
– 647-532-7614
– Willow Weber (Discord Name)

Jake
jakeroels@gmail.com
– Jake_Roels  (Discord Name)

Anakin
ajwc95@gmail.com
– Anakin (Discord Name)