Any music fan will tell you, there’s nothing better than seeing your favorite band live. But if you’re one of the millions of people who can’t make it to a show, YouTube is giving you the next best thing: it’s working with some amazing artists to bring you live performances and music videos in VR, the official YouTube blog has reported.
Gorillaz – hailed by “The Guinness Book Of World Records” as the planet’s Most Successful Virtual Act – have announced their return with the release of a new video directed by Jamie Hewlett, featuring four tracks from their highly anticipated forthcoming album “Humanz.”
This epic six-minute animated film – titled “Saturnz Barz (Spirit House)” – provides an extraordinary cutting-edge VR experience to include the track “Saturnz Barz” in full, plus highlights of “Ascension,” “Andromeda” and “We Got The Power.” Watch it here:
With these new immersive experiences, you can transport yourself to top music festivals and killer concerts, without having to deal with the crowds. This weekend, you can check out Ultra Music Festival live, with a set from Hardwell live streaming in 360 degrees.
And you can already experience highlights from Coachella on YouTube, without having to bear the heat of the desert. Here:
YouTube has also been working with some favorite artists to experiment with new ways to tell the story behind their songs and allow you to be immersed in the video. Sit next to Sampha on the piano bench while he performs (No One Knows Me) Like The Piano.
Step into Hunter Hayes’ recording studio as he builds each musical component of his current single, Yesterday’s Song.
Check out Young The Giant’s latest single, Silvertongue, as though you were in the audience.
Watch The Naked & Famous official music video for Higher shot at the YouTube Space LA.
And you can use VR to travel behind the scenes, too. Check out Florida Georgia Line as they shoot May We All at the Tennessee National Raceway in Hohenwald.
You can watch these videos using the YouTube VR app available on Daydream or with Google Cardboard. If you don’t have a headset, don’t worry, you can still get the 360-degree video experience on your mobile phone or desktop. It’ll be like you’re virtually there with your favorite band.