One week on from the launch of Lost Horizon from the team behind Glastonbury’s Shangri-La – the world’s largest music and arts festival in virtual reality – music fans missing out on their summer festival plans are unsurprisingly buzzing about one of the event’s most hotly anticipated stages, the iconic Gas Tower. Collaborating once again with Orca Sound Project, the event organisers today announce the stage’s latest addition, the legendary D’n’B icon Andy C.
With a monumental music programme curated by the team from Orca Sound Project, the stage currently features the likes of Carl Cox, Fatboy Slim, Jamie Jones, John Digweed, Noisia (DJ Set), Peggy Gou, Pete Tong, Sasha and Seth Troxler. Today’s addition of Andy C to the billing further underlines the festival’s immense pull, with international electronic superstars, all of them willing to donate their time and positive energy for free, to support The Big Issue and Amnesty International*.
Andy C, comments: “I’ve done Shangri-La at Glastonbury a few times, and there’s a magical feeling you get no matter how muddy it is. As soon as you leave there’s a feeling that you need to run back immediately because of the vibe it has. Whether you’re watching it live or on the streams on the telly, it’s a coming together of humanity. I’m looking forward to playing Lost Horizon in virtual reality, alongside the amazing artists programmed by Orca Sound Project on the Gas Tower stage and raising money for the Big Issue and Amnesty.”
Orca Sound Project’s successful collaboration with Keep Britain Tidy and Shangri-La last year collected over 10 tonnes of plastic from beaches around the South West of England, turned by Orca Sound Project into circular building materials that the Shangri-La team used to construct the Gas Tower. Orca Sounds DJ takeover at Glastonbury was also a massive hit. This latest partnership promises to be just the start of things to come.
Robin Collings, director of Shangri-La and Lost Horizon comments: “Lost Horizon is new territory for us all. It is challenging, exciting and reactive to these mad times.
“Since the birth of the concept for Lost Horizon, we have been working closely with the Orca Sound Project team to develop the Gas Tower line-up and the feedback from the music industry, artists and the audience has been HUGE!
“We already have some really exciting new projects on the horizon! New events in the virtual platform and a plan to mix live events with the virtual realm. We’d really like to see how the Gas Tower could develop in the future, blending the virtual and physical realms to create a brand new experience.”
Orca Sound Project are known for their sustainability work at major events including Shangri-La at Glastonbury Festival, Amsterdam Dance Event, International Music Summit Ibiza, Miami Music Week, and Ultra Music Festival. With a mission to connect and engage communities around the world through music, art and culture, the platform is increasingly utilising new technologies to unite artists, consumers and brands, something that fell naturally into place with the Lost Horizon concept.
Jolyon Klean, founder of Orca Sound Project comments: “Lost Horizon is collaboration between artist and organisers, symbolising connectivity through art, music and culture and for us at Orca Sound Project there’s nowhere more perfect to celebrate this than at the 360 audio visual landscape of the Gas Tower. The Gas Tower is already one of the most unique, exciting stages in the world and moving into virtual and mixed reality, it takes the experience to a whole new level.
“Our collaborative mission at Orca Sound Project and Shangri-La is to create global connectivity directly to people in their homes. Whilst we can’t be there physically, we can still continue to create new memories and stories inviting you be the first to share these moments with all our artists, your friends and other festival goers you will meet in the Lost Horizon.
“Orca Sound Project are so proud to bring this line up to the global dance community and are hugely grateful for the incredible support of all our Gas Tower artists and their teams. A real representation of solidarity and community which couldn’t be more important in the times we are living in and adapting to.”
A visual favourite for any regular Shangri-La attendee, the Gas Tower at Lost Horizon promises to be just as visually and musically mind-blowing as it is IRL. Curated by Creative Giants, VJs in the virtual world will create live visuals to complement DJs sets and some will be incorporated into the live environment console in the arena, taking control of lighting, effects, and even the avatars themselves.
Simon Vaughan, Creative Giants, comments: “Taking the Gas Tower from the fields of the festival world into a ground breaking new reality, Creative Giants are excited to be joining the team Shangri-La on their voyage of discovery to Lost Horizon, which redefines what a festival can be, creating ways for people to come together and experience music and art in a way we never would have previously imagined.
“We’re incredibly honoured to be bringing some of the planet’s most exciting VJs to this new virtual global festival. Curating the visual layers of the virtual Gas Tower has allowed us to flex new creative muscles, overcoming practical restraints of recent times. We hope this is the first of many opportunities that will see Creative Giants continue to work at the forefront of visual arts and emerging technologies.”
Other acts also confirmed to take the Gas Tower stage are: ABSOLUTE. b2b Jaguar, Alan Fitzpatrick, ANNA, Archie Hamilton, Bitvert, Eats Everything, Francesco Mami, Mella Dee, Nastia, Nick Warren b2b Jody Wisternoff, Orca Sound, Partiboi69 and Skream.
Lost Horizon is a fully interactive and multi-stage event to explore via PC, VR or mobile app (iOS and Android) and streamed live and direct to wherever you are on the planet via Beatport and Twitch, and via partner and artist Facebook, YouTube and Twitch accounts. A deep multi-layered experience filled with wild dance-floors, secret headliners, a visual feast of art and performance, hidden venues and huge artists, Lost Horizon is a virtual and mixed-reality festival event unlike any other.
Featuring computer-generated avatars and green screen ‘hologram’ performances. Lost Horizon is created using Sansar, Wookey Technologies’ cutting-edge, photorealistic platform for virtual live events and can be experienced on PC, VR or mobile (iOS and Android), plus will be streamed live on Beatport, Twitch and across social media.
Mobile users will be able to toggle between different vantage points within the virtual world, whereas virtual reality and PC users will be able to move around inside the space, chat and interact with other festival goers, just as if they were at a real life festival.
Donations to the charities will be made via the VR and streaming platforms, plus www.losthorizonfestival.com and by purchasing limited edition “Yours Truthfully” prints through www.shangrilart.com over the festival weekend.
Tickets to experience Lost Horizon in VR orPC desktop are available now at www.sansar.com/losthorizon. Fans can also sign up for the free Lost Horizon mobile app that will empower them to see inside the virtual world of Lost Horizon using nothing more than their phone, by subscribing at www.losthorizonfestival.com
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