Team behind Glastonbury’s Shangri-La launches virtual festival


If you’ve ever lost yourself in the Glastonbury Festival’s Shangri-La zone, you’ll understand why for many people this year, the festival’s cancellation is carrying an extra tinge of sadness. However, the team behind Shangri-La is hoping to plug the gap with a virtual-reality event called Lost Horizon on 3-4 July.

They’re working with VR startups Sansar and VRJam on the project, with plans for DJ sets from the likes of Carl Cox, Fatboy Slim, Seth Troxler, Coldcut and a number of British drum’n’bass labels, as well as visual artworks and virtual reproductions of the real-world Shangri-La’s installations. Beatport and other streaming partners will be broadcasting the festival, while Sansar will be the place for fans to visit in VR.

It’ll also be a ticketed event: while people can sign up to attend for free, if they pay $10 for a premium ticket, they’ll get some virtual items, while also donating to Amnesty International and the Big Issue.


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Stuart Dredge

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