Splendor XR: Virtual Music Festival Was A Weird, Empty Reminder Of What We Have Lost | Festivals
The primary function of a music festival is escape; music is often secondary. So what do we do with a virtual festival experience like last weekend’s Splendor XR?
Funded by $ 1.5 million in funding from the Australian government Rise and hosted on the Sansar virtual reality platform, the two-day online iteration of Splendor in the Grass promised “a first global online experience”: “A virtual world where music, art and culture reign supreme. . Where lockdowns and social distancing do not exist. Where hypnotized crowds dance in the forest to the freshest rhythms.
In other words, the festival – which costs $ 50 for a two-day ticket, $ 30 for a day – would be a higher virtual concert experience than popular streaming festivals like Isol-Aid, and less predetermined than the ones. Big budget shows offered by Billie Eilish and Dua Lipa.