Splendor XR recreates Splendor in the Grass in virtual reality
Khalid and Chvrches lead Day One and The Killers lead Day Two of an immersive VR edition of Australia’s premier music festival Splendor in the Grass. Participants will create an avatar to move around in what is described as “an imaginatively embellished but faithful recreation of the Splendor site in Byron Bay”.
All in all, Splendor XR will feature over 50 of the world’s best musical artists, from indie rock royalty to genre-defying singer-songwriters, to pioneering dance producers, performing like themselves – no. as avatars – in what is billed as “ever – live sets that were created especially for this global online event,” which itself is touted as a “first global online experience unlike anything else you have seen so far ”.
Duke Dumont, Band of Horses, Phoebe Bridgers, Vera Blue, Pink Sweat $, Methyl Ethel, Triple One and the Southern River Band are on the lineup before Khalid and Chvrches on Day One, while Charli XCX, Vance Joy, Of Monsters and Men, Kaytranada, Black Pumas, Hot Dub Time Machine, What So Not, Sinéad Harnett, Amyl and the Sniffers, Band-Maid and Gretta Ray perform on the second day before The Killers.
Also available: yoga at the Global Village, video games at the Splendor Forum, a Little Splendor section for kids, and an online medical center offering mental health services. Splendor XR was created in collaboration with Sansar, the social virtual reality developers based in San Francisco.
“In working with Splendor, we were challenged to go beyond anything we have done before,” says Pouyan Afkary from Sansar. “This will be the most impressive live virtual event the consumer market has ever seen, and we can say it with absolute confidence.”
From Friday July 23 to Sunday July 25, with programming in Australian Eastern Standard Time, which is 14 hours ahead of Eastern United States time. All video content will be available on demand for seven days thereafter. Tickets cost $ 25.99 per day or $ 43.99 for both days. Visit www.splendourxr.com.
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