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Glastonbury's epic Shangri-la arena is turning into a virtual reality festival

This is your chance to experience the legendary festival from Asia

  • Mixmag Crew
  • 10 June 2020
Glastonbury's epic Shangri-la arena is turning into a virtual reality festival

Shangri-La, the world-famous arena that brings Glastonbury festival alive at night, is turning into a virtual reality festival for 2020 and the event will be the first time fans from Asia will be able to experience some of the magic that makes Glastonbury the "mother of all festivals".

Lost Horizon will take place on July 3-4 and will feature four different stages and over 200 works of art in what organisers are calling the world's biggest arts and music VR festival.

More than 50 acts are set to perform, including Carl Cox, Peggy Gou, Jamie Jones, Seth Troxler and ANNA. Ever a breeding ground for underground talent, rising DJs like Jaguar, ABSOLUTE., 24 Hour Garage Girls and Patriboi69 will also play for the team behind one of the festival circuit's most iconic areas. Lost Horizon promises deep multi-layered experience, filled with wild dance-floors, secret headliners, a visual feast of art and performance, hidden venues and huge artists — it's enough music to make you feel like you've actually been to Glasto (kind of).

The festival can be experienced on mobile, desktop and social with virtual reality and PC users able to move around the festival and interact with other festival goers. Anyone with a VR headset will actually be able 'enter' the festival, take a wander around the festival site and stages and even meet up with friends who are there in their avatar forms.

The festival is of course a reaction to the pandemic and will be raising money for Amnesty International and The Big Issue, a UK-based magazine sold officially by homeless people as a way of making legit income.

Lost Horizon 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 womxn 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."

Full information can be found here and you can watch a teaser video below.

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