Glastonbury is revered as one of the world’s most epic music festivals, and while the 2020 event has been cancelled in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, the festival’s beloved Shangri La after-hours area is going virtual for a two-day online festival featuring a collection of dance world A-listers.
Happening July 3-4, the event, called Lost Horizon, will feature more than 50 acts including Fatboy Slim, Peggy Gou, Carl Cox, Seth Troxler, Jamie Jones, Skream, Pete Tong, Sasha and more. The digital festival will also include more than 60 art and interactive installations.
Accessible via PC, VR and mobile devices, Lost Horizon will feature four stages, three of which — The Gas Tower, Freedom Stage and SHITV— are designed to replicate IRL areas from the Shangri-La field at Glastonbury. (See the Gas Tower lineup below.) Meanwhile, the new stage design is called Nomad. Lost Horizon organizers, including teams from Glastonbury along with VR companies Sansar and VR Jam, promise an online experience “filled with wild dancefloors, secret headliners, hidden venues and a visual feast of art and performance.”
“Our mission is to pioneer new ways of sharing culture and creating a global community that we feel defines us and our ethos,” says Kaye Dunnings, Creative Director at Shangri-La and Lost Horizon. “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.”
Lost Horizon will be free to access, with a “premium ticket” going for $10, with proceeds benefitting Amnesty International and The Big Issue, a longstanding UK street newspaper that gives homeless people and people at the risk of becoming homeless an avenue to earn legitimate income.