A genuine festival experience including real-time songs, original art, as well as a basic feeling of lawlessness.
For the first time in its famous 50 year background, event coordinators were forced to terminate the 2020 Glastonbury Music Festival due to problems over the recurring COVID-19 break out. Typically held in Somerset, England, the five-day event of contemporary arts has invested the previous 15 years establishing itself as one of the biggest music events in the world many thanks to a routine schedule of jaw-dropping skill, including performances by Radiohead, Coldplay, Beyoncé, David Bowie, Jay-Z, Oasis, Paul McCartney, and lots of other superstar acts.
2020 was shaping up to be yet an additional big one for the yearly festival, having already verified efficiencies by Taylor Swift, Kendrick Lamar, possibly even the Spice Girls. That was before occasion coordinators introduced this part March that they were holding off the occasion till 2021.
Rather than abandon the party totally, nevertheless, Glastonbury’s Shangri-La group partnered with social VR system Sansar to bring the Glastonbury experience to Virtual Reality as part of a two-day online occasion which definitely shattered all of my assumptions. Online songs, provocative art, and also independent film-making; all coming together to produce among the a lot more unforgettable social experiences I’ve had in a Virtual Reality headset.
Developed after the well known Shangri-La part of Glastonbury– a more chaotic, much less corporatized corner of the event– the Lost Horizon Virtual Reality celebration premises was made up of a primary entrance hall, personal theater, art gallery, and also four digital phases, each of which featuring a different style or motif of music.
When I initially entered the entrance hall, I was welcomed by a handful of in-game team there to help guide me via some of the fundamental controls and also respond to any type of inquiries I might have. It really felt strange taking advice from a break-dancing anime character riding a skateboard, yet hey, this is Shangri-La. Regardless of their outlandish characters, each employee was extremely professional as well as offered an additional degree of personality to the experience that would certainly have been impossible to recreate with scripted non-playable personalities.
These brief communications wound up being several of my preferred minutes from the event. Settling back on a rustic sofa as well as firing the breeze with some pleasant Scotts, throwing an electronic coastline ball around with strangers, as well as chatting with personnel truly aided offer the event vibe the coordinators were opting for.
Obviously the most significant allure of Lost Horizon was the music. Throughout the two-day event over 50 entertainers– from DJ’s as well as multi crucial artists to singer-songwriters as well as bands– graced the 4 different phases of Shangri-La, providing a wide variety of tunes across many categories. This is a UK celebration, nevertheless, so normally there was a great deal of drum-and-bass. As well as I suggest a whole lot.
Hoping to stay as genuine to the event experience as feasible, numerous acts carried out simultaneously across the four phases throughout daily, forcing participants to pick-and-choose that they ‘d such as to see execute live. Wishing to capture the tail end of an additional performance? Well after that you had better get your crew and also begin dashing to the following stage. This ended up being more difficult than I believed, as there was a lot of extraordinary acts to catch.
Fatboy Slim, Carl Cox, Noisia, Jamie Jones, Seth Troxler, Frank Turner, Alabama 3, and also Coldcut; just a few of the many lots of acts that performed survive stage as either a 2D eco-friendly screen hologram or a custom 3D avatar. Each acts personal lights engineers, or “VJ’s,” ran the visuals in real-time using a device the group refers to as “Party In A Box.”
Each location was very carefully crafted to make best use of the performance of the area, permitting every person in the audience to watch the efficiency regardless of their placement; not that everybody was considering the phase. Lots of festival-goers were in complete party mode, breaking out right into full dancing regimens and also shrieking as well as singing along to the music. At one point I also saw inter-species affection in between a coarse turtle and an intoxicated panda. Traditional Shangri-La, am I right?
When I needed a retreat from the chaos of the dance flooring, I retreated into the art gallery or the private movie theater, adoringly referred to as “SHIT TV” to appreciate some curated art as well as independent movies. Spread throughout the gallery, stages, and central hub of Lost Horizon mored than 200 items of curated art submitted by independent developers. To my surprise I found myself taking frequent breaks from the songs to delight in the several items featured throughout the area, a few of which offering effective messages concerning the state of our globe.
It’s this blend of songs, art, as well as mayhem that makes Shangri-La such an unique element of Glastonbury. After experiencing the excitement for myself, I understand why Shangri-La specifically was selected for virtual immortalization. The outlandishness of the real-world occasion translates completely into Virtual Reality, enabling creators as well as gamers alike to take that absurdity also better with customized characters and also digital impacts impossible to duplicate in real-life. Whereas other VR online performance systems such as Wave focus more on high-quality short-form amusement, Lost Horizon offers a raw, reasonable different committed to recreating the genuine event experience.
This past March, Sansar’s original programmer Linden Labs marketed the platform to Wookey Project Corp after deciding to refocus their efforts on Second Life. Wookey Project Corp. specified that there would be no disruptions to the experience throughout the change, several were left questioning exactly what the future held for the ambitious social VR system. Based on Lost Horizon, it’s clear the firm is still greatly dedicated to the concept of large digital events. Directly, I can’t wait to see what they give the table following. Digital Coachella? Digital Burning Man?
Photo Credit: Wookey Project Corp.