The team behind Glastonbury‘s Shangri-La area has announced a new virtual reality festival, Lost Horizon. The inaugural lineup will feature performances by dance music giants Fatboy Slim, Carl Cox, Skream, and many more on July 3rd-4th.
Lost Horizon sees the Shangri-La team join forces with VRJAM and Sansar for “the world’s largest independent music festival in virtual reality,” according to the event’s website. Split into four “stages,” Lost Horizon will also see performances by Jamie Jones, Peggy Gou, Seth Troxler, Absolute, Voodoo Black, Brass Rave Unit, Dub Pistols Sound System, Run Tings Takeover, and Metrix & London Elektricity, among many others. Furthermore, the multi-layered experience will include secret headliners, art installations, hidden venues, and much more.
In a statement posted to the Lost Horizon Festival website, organizers explained, “Our mission is to pioneer new ways of sharing culture and creating a global community that we feel defines us and our ethos.” The statement continued, “We need unity more than ever right now, in an industry that is falling away in front of us. By creating a digital platform to experience art and music in a new way, we are at the forefront of defining the next generation of live entertainment and creative communities as we know them.
Beatport and Twitch will host the Lost Horizon Festival VR experience with partner and artist streams via Facebook and YouTube. Festival-goers can obtain a free admission ticket here and can experience the event through a variety of PC powered headsets including HTC Vive, Valve, Oculus Rift, and Oculus Quest. Additionally, those who choose to attend the festival with a smartphone should download the Lost Horizon app, which launches on June 26th. Head to the festival’s website for more information and check out the full lineup below.
— Shangri-La Glasto (@ShangrilaGlasto) June 8, 2020
The impetus for Lost Horizon, of course, was the global health crisis that has caused the indefinite postponement of live events across the world. Major festivals were forced to cancel their 2020 events, including Glastonbury, which was set to celebrate its 50th anniversary this year. While it is unclear when governments and health officials will permit large gatherings once again, many organizations have tapped into their creative nature and found ways to create a communal experience around music.
11E1even Group, for example, has organized Live From Out There, a virtual festival series, while artists like Spafford and Marc Rebillet have announced socially-distant performances at drive-in movie theaters. Even Live For Live Music has created a festival of their own, Quarantine Comes Alive, which saw over 70 artists join forces to raise money for the PLUS1 COVID-19 Relief Fund. With each passing day without live music, we are sure to see more events of this nature as the industry navigates these unprecedented times.