Attractions and Destinations

Glastonbury’s Shangri-La Goes Virtual This Weekend

The two-day interactive music and arts festival is set to stream across the globe this weekend.

Shangri-La, which showcases and celebrates outsider art and underground culture, will be recreated in a videogame-like 3D landscape for the world’s largest VR music and arts festival, Lost Horizon.  

Taking place on July 3 and 4, it will feature over 50 music acts across four virtual stages, including Fatboy Slim, Carl Cox, Peggy Gou and Jamie Jones. The online festival will also feature more than 200 visual art pieces, curated by the ShangrilART group on the theme of human connection.

The SHITV (Shangri-La International Television) Stage will show films, documentaries, theatre, live art, comedy, animation and talks. 

Guests will be able to explore the virtual event via PC or a mobile app, with a virtual reality option available via the Sansar platform. The festival promises a weekend filled with wild dance floors, secret headliners and hidden venues, with the opportunity to meet with friends or make new ones.

Creative Director, Kaye Dunnings, said: “Shangri-La has brought many world firsts since its creation in 2008, from the first to use video mapping in a festival environment and an immersive storyline, to the first woman only space or Heavy Metal area at a mainstream festival, incorporating creativity at its core and as a direct response to the world we live in.

“Our mission is to pioneer new ways of sharing culture and creating a global community that we feel defines us and our ethos.

“We need unity more than ever right now, in an industry that is falling away in front of us. By creating a digital platform to experience art and music in a new way, we are at the forefront of defining the next generation of live entertainment and creative communities as we know them.”

The event is free to attend, but donations to Amnesty International and the Big Issue are encouraged, with opportunities to support the charities throughout the weekend and beyond. For more information, visit https://www.losthorizonfestival.com.

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