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Glastonbury’s Shangri-La to host festival in virtual reality

By | Published on Tuesday 9 June 2020

Lost Horizon

With plans for a physical event abruptly halted by COVID-19, the organisers of Glastonbury’s Shangri-La area have announced plans to bring their festivities to life in virtual reality for a virtual festival next month, called Lost Horizon. Artists set to perform include Carl Cox, Fatboy Slim, Frank Turner, Peggy Gou, Seth Troxler and Anna.

“In this unhinged world currently devoid of human connection, Shangri-La decided to create something completely original, bringing people together through a new global platform for art and music… and most of all for fun”, say the team behind the event. “Lost Horizon is a deep multi-layered experience, filled with wild dancefloors, secret headliners, a visual feast of art and performance, hidden venues and some huge artists playing exclusively for you”.

“Inside this multiverse you can meet with your friends and make new ones, chat, dance and explore together, blag your way backstage or find a shady corner to hang out in”, they promise. “Fully customisable avatars will transcend gender, colour and the limitations of the body – be whoever you want for the weekend”.

To fully experience the event, of course, you will require a VR headset. However, it will be possible to attend via a computer screen or smartphone too. Non-interactive live video streams will also be made available through Twitch and Beatport.

More than 50 acts will perform across four stages at the virtual festival, with films, documentaries, theatre, live art, comedy, animation and talks also on offer.

Tickets for the event – set to take place on 3-4 Jul – are free, although donations can me made to Amnesty International and The Big Issue. Find out more here.