Inside Lost Horizon: A Virtual Reality Music Festival

Inside Lost Horizon: A Virtual Reality Music Festival

The music festival landscape has changed drastically this year as a result of COVID-19, resulting in many festivals moving into the live stream space. The team behind Glastonbury’s Shangri-La festival has done something different: They have teamed up with Orca Sound Project and Beatport to create the world’s largest independent music and arts festival in virtual reality, Lost Horizon. “The colossal negative impact that this pandemic has caused on the creative and music industries has also meant we can’t take the annual moment to celebrate our community through art, culture and music. However, it has also opened up doors to huge new creative projects that may have seemed far fetched just a year ago,” says Jolyon Klean, founder of Orca Sound Project. “This isn't just a normal streaming experience—this is a look into the future and a celebration of how we have adapted to globally difficult times.” Lost Horizon, taking place July 3-4, will be fully interactive and feature four stages (Gas Tower, Freedom, Nomad and SHITV), creating an experience similar to in-person events. Attendees will be able to explore the free festival via PC, VR or mobile app, or they can also stream it on Beatport or Twitch. The lineup boasts some of the biggest names in techno—such as Seth Troxler, Peggy Gou, Jamie Jones and Eats Everything—as well as underground acts and visual artists, such as Ai Wei Wei and Obey Giant. The multi-layered experience will allow attendees to interact with one another, enjoy art and ...
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