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The Future of Festivals: VR Designer Recreates Tomorrowland’s  Mainstage

An ambitious preview of what gigs and live events could look like in the future

Australian designer Jake Donaldson has recreated Tomorrowland’s Mainstage in VR which shows a metaverse version of the stage and surrounding arena at the popular dance music event.

Donaldson was inspired by his experience at the Belgian festival’s recent 2022 edition, which was the first time he had attended Tomorrowland. Using Meta’s Horizon Worlds, Donaldson set out to rebuild every detail of the premier “Reflection of Love” stage in VR. 

The VR developer is now looking to monetize the VR version of Tomorrowland by putting VR gigs on the stage and seeking out willing DJs for future metaverse line-ups. 

It’s doubtless going to act as inspiration for future official Tomorrowland events and shows what’s possible if the event organisers ever decided to run a parallel virtual event or – who knows – one day take the event into the metaverse exclusively.

Think of it… No staff fees… No organising food… Toilets… Looking after thousand of over-excited revellers… And no clearing up the mess afterwards.

This year the Coachella festival made it’s first steps into the metaverse with a side-by-side party in Fortnite featuring music from the live show.

Put your Quest foot forward

You can explore the Mainstage on Meta Quest here and if you don’t fance attending virtually you can revisit sets by ANNA, Paul Kalkbrenner, Jennifer Cardini and more from Tomorrowland 2022 here.

This year the event took place across three weekends from the 15th until 17th July, 22nd until 24th and 29th until 31st July. It featured more than 800 artists, with a majority of the headline sets broadcast by Tomorrowland’s One World TV & One World Radio. 

Take a look at the stadium’s virtual doppelganger below.

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Isa Muhammad is a writer and video game journalist covering many aspects of entertainment media including the film industry. He's steadily writing his way to the sharp end of journalism and enjoys staying informed. If he's not reading, playing video games or catching up on his favourite TV series, then he's probably writing about them.

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