The virtual music festival: a pandemic one-off or trip to the future?

July’s virtual reality music festival, Splendour XR, was not a pandemic one-off: it could be a model for a permanent addition to future Australian music festivals, says one of the organisers.

Splendour XR created a virtual North Byron Parklands, crafted by US developers, where users could immerse themselves using expensive VR gear or watch through the ‘window’ of a web browser. Visitors could switch between difference spaces, observe each other’s bizarre avatars, and watch a range of pre-recorded performances by artists such as Tash Sultana, Charli XCX, King Gizzard and Chvrches.

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Inside Splendour XR, the virtual music festival.

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