Do you want to see Billie Eilish perform in Madrid, Spain, but don’t have the ability to attend the show? Well, now you have the chance: Facebook’s Oculus Quest is allowing users to attend the concert virtually.
Fans with the Oculus Quest, Oculus Go, or Gear VR can see the concert for free using the Oculus Venues app. The show, slated to take place on September 3, will be viewable from 9:30 p.m. EDT by “subscribing” to the event. Oculus is partnering with the immersive-streaming company Supersphere to bring the show to VR.
Eilish, the rising goth-pop star who has garnered massive attention with her debut record When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, is arguably the biggest star to come to Oculus Venues, which has previously hosted artists like Lupe Fiasco, Chromeo, and Tenacious D.
“It’s really nice to be able to have something that makes the show so accessible, and to have a platform to bring the live experience to people who haven’t been able to be at a show yet,” Eilish said in a statement. “I just want everyone to have a good time. That’s always my only goal, even when you’re watching the show at home.”
She explained how during the song “Copycat,” she makes the audience get low and jump at the same time when the “drop” hits, but even with a VR headset, she believes “you should still get low and jump with everyone.”
Oculus Venues first debuted in May 2018 with a concert from indie artist Vance Joy. The service also streams sporting events, comedy shows, and movies. So, what does this mean for digital concerts? We’ve already seen artists perform in a video game – like Marshmello who broke a record for 10 million users during a concert within Fortnite – and Oculus Venues takes this a step further, actually allowing fans to see the concert in real-time. As the world continues to grow digitally, we can only expect to see more artists taking advantage of this feature.
Last Updated on August 29, 2019 by Olivia Perreault