Lost Horizon is back. Dubbed the ‘world’s largest virtual reality music and arts venue’, organisers have revealed the first season of huge virtual events set to take place throughout December 2020 in the immersive world of Sansar.
The sprawling Lost Horizon multiverse, created by the team behind Glastonbury’s legendary Shangri-La, reopens with a series of virtual events, promising all of Lost Horizon’s surprise magic including wild dance floors, secret headliners and hidden wormholes.
The star-studded line up features the likes of Armada Record Box, Blond:Ish Presents Abracadabra, Hospitalitydnb, Infected Mushroom (Live Band Show), Krust: The Edge of Everything, Little Gay Brother, Solardo, The Martinez Brothers
Lost Horizon is the closest experience to being at a real life club, concert or festival whilst still in your living room. Lost Horizon can now be accessed from any computer, tablet or phone – you don’t need special VR goggles, just the internet – and you can explore the entire venue in an interactive way together with your friends.
Taking full advantage of Sansar’s interactivity, Lost Horizon’s new season of events will have a focus on human interaction, taking in everything from guided meditation, to speed-dating and art gallery tours. Each show will bring with it bespoke new creative content from cutting edge visual artists, reimagining and refreshing Lost Horizon’s multitude of walls, corridors and screens.
Eight shows have been announced so far, with more to follow. Robin Collings, co-director of Lost Horizon, commented: “This feels like a new frontier for culture and the digital realm. Technology has leaped forward and we can now create something truly sociable, interactive and connected… our mission is to reflect real culture in our virtual world! This is going to be fun!”
Sheri Bryant, President of Sansar, commented: “Lost Horizon continues to thrill audiences with incredible virtual shows in times when people need it the most. Sansar’s purpose is to deepen connections and community through the power of live entertainment, and Lost Horizon is the perfect partner to help us achieve that. Together, we plan to close out 2020 with a bang.”
Whether you’re in the middle of the dance floor in full VR, chatting via your PC’s mic to to gig-goers from anywhere in the world, or exploring the event stream across multiple camera angles on your web browser (Mac and PC) or app (Android and iOS), it’s a vibe like no other digital experience.
Acts will play across Lost Horizon’s distinct areas, festival stage Freedom, 360 degree digital arena the Gas Tower, media centre SHITV, underground club Nomad, plus virtual open air gallery ShangriLART and the interactive Landing Zone which features merch stalls, art, seating and info points completing the full festival and event experience.
This reveal signals the next step of an incredible journey for Lost Horizon following July’s premiere four-stage festival to 4.36 million people, as it establishes itself as a new platform for artists unable to perform live during the pandemic and beyond.
Lost Horizon set the bar high with July’s premiere festival in Sansar, which featured a showstopping line-up of global acts that included Peggy Gou, Carl Cox, Jamie Jones, Fatboy Slim, Seth Troxler, Sasha, John Digweed, Pete Tong, Frank Turner, Noisia, A.Skillz and Krafty Kuts, plus takeovers from labels including Hospitality and 24hr Garage Girls, many of which will be returning.
Lost Horizon comes from the team behind Glastonbury’s Shangri-La. With its roots deep in contemporary music, art and activism, Shangri-La has established itself as a legendary field in UK festival culture, engaging a truly dynamic community of artists, builders, and revolutionary creators and known for showcasing the latest “off mainstage” acts, Shangri-La has served as a launchpad for some of music’s biggest names, with artists such as Lady Gaga, Rudimental, Disclosure and Pendulum gracing its stages early in their careers. This makes Lost Horizon the perfect place to launch the next era of live music.
Lost Horizon was created by the team behind Shangri-La, in partnership with VR JAM and Sansar and launched in July 2020 in response to the global pandemic.