Offset of Migos performs at Wireless Festival 2019
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U.K.'s Wireless Festival Announces Wireless Connect Virtual Reality Festival, Set For July 2020
U.K. music festival Wireless Festival has announced Wireless Connect, a brand-new live virtual reality festival. While no acts have been announced yet, the three-day event, taking place July 3-5, will feature pre-recorded performances from "some of the biggest UK and US artists," according to a social media post announcing the online experience.
Billed as a 360-degree virtual reality festival, Wireless Connect is a collaboration with MelodyVR, a virtual reality platform specializing in the music and live music space.
According to a blog post shared on the Wireless Festival website, Wireless Connect will feature "unseen performances" and "exclusive footage" from the as-of-yet unannounced artists featured on the lineup, which will be unveiled soon.
The online event will comprise live performances filmed in MelodyVR's studio space in Los Angeles as well as in the historic theatre of London's Alexandra Palace, according to Melvin Benn, the managing director of Festival Republic, the company behind Wireless Festival.
The 2020 installment of Wireless Festival was originally supposed to feature a hip-hop-heavy lineup, including headliners A$AP Rocky, Skepta and Meek Mill as well as Migos, Lil Baby, Lil Yachty, City Girls, AJ Tracey, Tion Wayne, M Huncho and others.
Wireless Festival is one of many U.K. festivals and events canceled this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which include Glastonbury, WOMAD, Isle of Wight, Parklife, All Points East, Lovebox and Download, among others.