There’s still so much uncertainty around in-person live events, how many people can safely attend and whether social distancing can be maintained that some festivals are still going down the digital approach. And virtual reality (VR) social worlds like Sansar continue to make that a feasible reality, with the platform collaborating with Australia’s Splendour in the Grass music festival to create Splendour XR which opens its doors for two days in July.
Just like Sansar did with the Lost Horizon festival, Splendour XR will be a multi-location event with three stages featuring international superstars as well as enjoying yoga at Global Village, exploring Tipi Forest or there’s always Little Splendour for the kids.
Of course, the main draw is the acts with Splendour XR featuring the likes of Khalid, Duke Dumont, Chvrches, and Bands of Horses (among others) on the first day. Whilst day two has the likes of The Killers, Charli XCX, Vance Joy, Of Monsters and Men, Hot Dub Time Machine helping to fill out day two.
“Working with Splendour we have been challenged to go above and beyond anything we’ve done before. This is going to be the most impressive virtual live event that the consumer market has ever seen, and we can say that with absolute confidence” said Pouyan Afkary, Business Development, Sansar in a statement.
While Sansar is designed to be fully explored in VR, Splendour XR is viewable via mobile, tablet, browser, and desktop as well. To help guests around the world view the festival all video content will be available on-demand for seven days after the event ends. However, the VR experience won’t be, so you’ll need to attend the two days as they happen.
“Splendour has always offered patrons a deep programming experience with The Forum, Global Village, Little Splendour and more on offer alongside our favourite artists,” said Splendour in the Grass Co-producers Jessica Ducrou and Paul Piticco. “We could not be more excited about Splendour XR and the opportunity to take the Splendour goodness online to our existing community and also to new audiences around the globe.”
Splendour XR runs from Saturday 24th to Sunday 25th July 2021 with tickets starting from $19.99 USD (£19.99 GBP) for a single day/$34.99 (£34.99 GBP) for both days. There are also party pack bundles if a group of you want to join. Being an Australian festival Splendour XR will operate globally on a single timezone, 12 pm to 2 am AEST (GMT +11) with all programming starting from 2 pm. Setting up a Sansar account is free.
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