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The team behind Glastonbury’s Shangri-La to launch new VR festival

The team behind Glastonbury’s Shangri-La to launch new VR festival

Lost Horizon: “The world’s largest independent music festival in virtual reality”

The team in charge of Glastonbury Festival‘s late-night area Shangri-La have announced a new virtual reality festival titled Lost Horizon.

Despite the 2020 edition of Glastonbury being cancelled, one of the Festival’s most loved areas will be pushing ahead regardless; as south-east corner area, Shangri-La, is set to be recreated in a 3D digital form for a free two-day online festival in July.

Revealing the details of the new virtual festival vi their social channels this evening (June 8) – Lost Horizon will see Shangri-La team up with VRJAM and Sansar “to create the world’s largest independent music festival in virtual reality.”

Lost Horizon is scheduled to take place online July 3-4 and is described as “a real festival in a virtual world: a fully interactive and multi-stage event to explore via PC, VR or mobile app or streamed live and direct to wherever you are on the planet.”

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More than 50 artists will perform across 4 virtual “stages” with the lineup of acts boasting the likes of Fatboy Slim, Frank Turner, Carl Cox, Skream, Pete Tong, Sasha, Seth Troxler and Eats Everything – you can see it in full below.

In addition, over 200 visual arts pieces have also been created for Lost Horizon, with the works having been curated by ShangrilART on the ongoing theme of human connection. See the first peek at the Virtual World below.

Kaye Dunnings, the creative director of the much-loved, post-apocalyptically rendered area, said: “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.”

Tickets for Lost Horizon are free, but donations to Amnesty International and the Big Issue are encouraged.

Lost Horizon will be available to experience through VR headsets, while those who wish to experience the festival via their PC desktop will need to obtain a free ticket here.

The virtual festival will be streamed live and direct via Beatport and Twitch through July 3-4, while it’ll also be broadcast on partner and artist Facebook, YouTube and Twitch accounts.

Those who want to visit Lost Horizon through their smartphone will need to download the Lost Horizon mobile app from June 26.

You can find out more info about Lost Horizon here.

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Shangri-La made its debut at Glastonbury back in 2008 as a successor to the Lost Vagueness area and has evolved every year. Dunnings said she came up with the idea for Lost Horizon shortly after Glastonbury was cancelled in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Glastonbury 2020 was set to be held at Worthy Farm in Pilton, Somerset – from Wednesday, June 24 through Sunday, June 28 – In a message from organisers, announcing the Festival’s cancellation, Michael and Emily Eavis explained that cancelling this year’s event was their “only viable option” following “new government measures” to prevent the spread of the pandemic – saying: “We’re so sorry that this decision has been made. It was not through choice. But we look forward to welcoming you back to these fields next year and until then, we send our love and support to all of you.”

In Glastonbury’s absence, the BBC has announced extensive broadcast plans with the aim of celebrating the Festival’s 50th anniversary later this month (June 24 – 28) which should’ve marked the Worthy Farm event’s 2020 instalment.

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