Virtual Music Festivals to tune into this summer
Missing the thought of being able to attend your favourite music festivals this summer? Don’t fret, as many of the industry’s biggest festival names are planning to connect fans through virtual events.
So prepare to pull on your wellies and pitch up your tent in the living room or garden as we give you a rundown of some of the best virtual music festivals to look forward to this summer.
To honour Glastonbury’s 50th anniversary, from the 25th-28th of June the BBC is set to broadcast the festival’s most legendary sets from superstars such as Adele, Beyonce, Arctic Monkeys and Coldplay amongst many others. The full schedule is still in the process of being finalised however all highlights will be available to watch on BBC Two and BBC Four with exclusive performances also showing on BBC iPlayer and BBC Sounds.
Wireless Festival UK and USA are set to join forces to deliver “Wireless Connect”: a virtual reality event in partnership with MelodyVR app.
Taking place from the 3rd-5th of July, Wireless are promising an entire weekend’s worth of unseen performances, exclusive footage and so much more. This will include pre-recorded performances from a number of artists, all of which will be available to watch for free either in 360° virtual reality on the MelodyVR app or on the Wireless Facebook page.
The full line up is to be released in due course.
Throughout the lockdown period, Tomorrowland have been extremely forthcoming in connecting ravers from all over the world with “United Through Music”, a weekly live stream on Youtube with top DJs performing live from the comfort of their own homes.
If that wasn’t enough, organisers have recently announced a digital 3D festival which is set to debut on the 25th-26th of July. Accessible via any PC, laptop, smartphone or tablet and from anywhere in the world, the brand new digital location will allow visitors to freely explore a fully-fledged festival site complete with 8 stages and will feature live performances from many of the world's biggest DJs.
Tickets start from just 12 euros and are available to purchase from the 18th of June.
Parklife/United We Stream
Strongly tied to Manchester's independent and vibrant music scene, Parklife festival is teaming up to support United We Stream, a daily series of virtual events showcasing home-grown Greater Manchester art, music and culture to audiences around the world. The events are free but viewers are encouraged to donate in favour of Manchester's cultural organisations and charities.
You’ll be able to watch singers, comedians, musicians, bands, poets, writers, presenters, actors and DJs and all performances will take place at artist’s homes, gardens, or from selected host venues around the region.
A full line-up is announced on a weekly basis and available to watch via the United We Stream social media channels.
There you have it! A whole host of events to keep your summer festival cravings at bay. If you do end up hosting your very own at home festival, we’d love to see pictures and videos. Feel free to share them with us via our social media channels.