THE TEAM BEHIND
GLASTONBURY’S SHANGRI-LA PRESENTS:
LOST HORIZON, 3 & 4 JULY 2020
A REAL FESTIVAL IN A VIRTUAL WORLD
IN SUPPORT OF
THE BIG ISSUE & AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL
MUSIC PROGRAM CURATED BY
ORCA SOUND PROJECT
ANDY C CONFIRMED AS LATEST ADDITION TO LINE UP
FULL CURRENT LINE UP:
ABSOLUTE B2B JAGUAR, ALAN FITZPATRICK, ANDY C, ANNA, ARCHIE HAMILTON, BITVERT, CARL COX, EATS EVERYTHING, FATBOY SLIM, FRANCESCO MAMI, JAMIE JONES, JOHN DIGWEED, MELLA DEE, NASTIA, NICK WARREN B2B JODY WISTERNOFF, NOISIA (DJ SET), ORCA SOUND, PARTIBOI69, PEGGY GOU, PETE TONG, SASHA, SETH TROXLER, SKREAM
“BUTTON UP, KIDS. IT’S GONNA BE A TRIP…“
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Live stream of VR experience available via
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One week on from the launch of Lost Horizon from the team behind Glastonbury’s Shangri-La – the world’s largest music and arts festival in virtual reality – music fans missing out on their summer festival plans are unsurprisingly buzzing about one of the event’s most hotly anticipated stages, the iconic Gas Tower. Collaborating once again with Orca Sound Project, the event organisers today announce the stage’s latest addition, the legendary D’n’B icon Andy C.
With a monumental music programme curated by the team from Orca Sound Project, the stage currently features the likes of Carl Cox, Fatboy Slim, Jamie Jones, John Digweed, Noisia (DJ Set), Peggy Gou, Pete Tong, Sasha and Seth Troxler. Today’s addition of Andy C to the billing further underlines the festival’s immense pull, with international electronic superstars, all of them willing to donate their time and positive energy for free, to support The Big Issue and Amnesty International*.
Andy C, comments: “I’ve done Shangri-La at Glastonbury a few times, and there’s a magical feeling you get no matter how muddy it is. As soon as you leave there’s a feeling that you need to run back immediately because of the vibe it has. Whether you’re watching it live or on the streams on the telly, it’s a coming together of humanity. I’m looking forward to playing Lost Horizon in virtual reality, alongside the amazing artists programmed by Orca Sound Project on the Gas Tower stage and raising money for the Big Issue and Amnesty.”
Orca Sound Project’s successful collaboration with Keep Britain Tidy and Shangri-La last year collected over 10 tonnes of plastic from beaches around the South West of England, turned by Orca Sound Project into circular building materials that the Shangri-La team used to construct the Gas Tower. Orca Sounds DJ takeover at Glastonbury was also a massive hit. This latest partnership promises to be just the start of things to come.
Robin Collings, director of Shangri-La and Lost Horizon comments: “Lost Horizon is new territory for us all. It is challenging, exciting and reactive to these mad times.
“Since the birth of the concept for Lost Horizon, we have been working closely with the Orca Sound Project team to develop the Gas Tower line-up and the feedback from the music industry, artists and the audience has been HUGE!
“We already have some really exciting new projects on the horizon! New events in the virtual platform and a plan to mix live events with the virtual realm. We’d really like to see how the Gas Tower could develop in the future, blending the virtual and physical realms to create a brand new experience.”
Orca Sound Project are known for their sustainability work at major events including Shangri-La at Glastonbury Festival, Amsterdam Dance Event, International Music Summit Ibiza, Miami Music Week, and Ultra Music Festival. With a mission to connect and engage communities around the world through music, art and culture, the platform is increasingly utilising new technologies to unite artists, consumers and brands, something that fell naturally into place with the Lost Horizon concept.
Jolyon Klean, founder of Orca Sound Project comments: “Lost Horizon is collaboration between artist and organisers, symbolising connectivity through art, music and culture and for us at Orca Sound Project there’s nowhere more perfect to celebrate this than at the 360 audio visual landscape of the Gas Tower. The Gas Tower is already one of the most unique, exciting stages in the world and moving into virtual and mixed reality, it takes the experience to a whole new level.
“Our collaborative mission at Orca Sound Project and Shangri-La is to create global connectivity directly to people in their homes. Whilst we can’t be there physically, we can still continue to create new memories and stories inviting you be the first to share these moments with all our artists, your friends and other festival goers you will meet in the Lost Horizon.
“Orca Sound Project are so proud to bring this line up to the global dance community and are hugely grateful for the incredible support of all our Gas Tower artists and their teams. A real representation of solidarity and community which couldn’t be more important in the times we are living in and adapting to.”
A visual favourite for any regular Shangri-La attendee, the Gas Tower at Lost Horizon promises to be just as visually and musically mind-blowing as it is IRL. Curated by Creative Giants, VJs in the virtual world will create live visuals to complement DJs sets and some will be incorporated into the live environment console in the arena, taking control of lighting, effects, and even the avatars themselves.
Simon Vaughan, Creative Giants, comments: “Taking the Gas Tower from the fields of the festival world into a ground breaking new reality, Creative Giants are excited to be joining the team Shangri-La on their voyage of discovery to Lost Horizon, which redefines what a festival can be, creating ways for people to come together and experience music and art in a way we never would have previously imagined.
“We’re incredibly honoured to be bringing some of the planet’s most exciting VJs to this new virtual global festival. Curating the visual layers of the virtual Gas Tower has allowed us to flex new creative muscles, overcoming practical restraints of recent times. We hope this is the first of many opportunities that will see Creative Giants continue to work at the forefront of visual arts and emerging technologies.”
Other acts also confirmed to take the Gas Tower stage are: ABSOLUTE. b2b Jaguar, Alan Fitzpatrick, ANNA, Archie Hamilton, Bitvert, Eats Everything, Francesco Mami, Mella Dee, Nastia, Nick Warren b2b Jody Wisternoff, Orca Sound, Partiboi69 and Skream.
Lost Horizon is a fully interactive and multi-stage event to explore via PC, VR or mobile app (iOS and Android) and streamed live and direct to wherever you are on the planet via Beatport and Twitch, and via partner and artist Facebook, YouTube and Twitch accounts. A deep multi-layered experience filled with wild dance-floors, secret headliners, a visual feast of art and performance, hidden venues and huge artists, Lost Horizon is a virtual and mixed-reality festival event unlike any other.
Featuring computer-generated avatars and green screen ‘hologram’ performances. Lost Horizon is created using Sansar, Wookey Technologies’ cutting-edge, photorealistic platform for virtual live events and can be experienced on PC, VR or mobile (iOS and Android), plus will be streamed live on Beatport, Twitch and across social media.
Mobile users will be able to toggle between different vantage points within the virtual world, whereas virtual reality and PC users will be able to move around inside the space, chat and interact with other festival goers, just as if they were at a real life festival.
Donations to the charities will be made via the VR and streaming platforms, plus www.losthorizonfestival.com and by purchasing limited edition “Yours Truthfully” prints through www.shangrilart.com over the festival weekend.
Tickets to experience Lost Horizon in VR orPC desktop are available now at http://www.sansar.com/losthorizon. Fans can also sign up for the free Lost Horizon mobile app that will empower them to see inside the virtual world of Lost Horizon using nothing more than their phone, by subscribing at http://www.losthorizonfestival.com
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Glastonbury Festival’s dynamic and every changing area Shangri-La is a theatrical, immersive installation, renowned for its cutting-edge originality, artistic quality and musical curation.
Each year Shangri-La reveals a new chapter of its ever-evolving narrative and invites festival-goers to become a part of its hypnotic world.
About Orca Sound Project
Orca Sound Project is an accessible, solutions-based organisation focused on tackling the global plastic waste crisis. In the last 12 months OSP has empowered communities via activations with Glastonbury Festival, International Music Summit Ibiza, C3 Management, Amsterdam Dance Event, DJ Awards Ibiza, Miami Music Week, Ultra Music Festival, Absolute, Nike, Asos amongst others.
In response to the current global pandemic, OSP has also focused on the conversation surrounding the positive impact that a virtual event or festival of this size has as a substitute for the physical event. OSP engages audiences to become actively involved within sustainability through creating cutting edge reality and virtual reality experiences, delivering new ways to raise awareness to activate the conscious communities of the future. This is achieved through 3 key pillars; launching high impact campaigns that connect audiences to the global mission to reduce plastic waste, a proprietary technology that can recycle any mixed plastic waste into circular building materials and finally collaborating with brands, businesses and individuals to transform their sustainability mission and transparently deliver on their goals.
About Sansar & Wookey Projects Corp
Wookey Projects Corp is a technology company that seeks to build the next generation of online experiences. Working at the intersection of entertainment, music, AR, VR and mobile, the company infuses today’s visionaries with the capital they need to become tomorrow’s leaders. Starting in 2020, the company took ownership of Sansar, a multichannel virtual events platform that specializes in turning live shows into spectacular shared experiences. Available on PC and compatible with HTC Vive and Oculus Rift, Sansar enables artists to perform live for global audiences, while allowing their fans to feel like more connected and encouraging limitless self-expression through custom avatars, branded merchandise and highly immersive, photorealistic virtual spaces. For the latest updates on Sansar and upcoming shows, go to sansar.com, and follow Sansar on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. For updates on Wookey, head to wookey.com.
VRJAM creates cutting edge solutions for computer animated, digital content. VRJAM’s technology empowers content creators to publish virtual experiences and to share magical, computer generated content with global audiences. VRJAM transforms the traditional business model of live events and offers a new vision of live experience for artists and fans.
VRJAM gives fans unique opportunities to experience live events inside immersive worlds without ever leaving their homes. We empower artists and record labels to access revolutionary new tools to reach audiences inside virtual reality. Welcome to the future of live music, this is VRJAM.
About The Big Issue
Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, vendors still aren’t able to sell safely on the streets. As a response The Big Issue has launched an appeal for support. You can now support The Big Issue by downloading the app, available on Apple Store and Google Play, or subscribe online, contribute to our appeal or buy the magazine from leading retailers, with half of net proceeds going directly to vendors.
The Big Issue is a social enterprise which exists to dismantle poverty through creating opportunities for people and communities.
The Big Issue is an award-winning weekly entertainment and current affairs magazine, which offers a new hope for homeless and vulnerably housed people across the UK. When vendors are able to sell, they buy magazines for £1.25 and sell to the public for £3, keeping the difference. In this way the magazine provides them with the means to earn a legitimate income.
Vendors come from a variety of backgrounds and face a range of issues, but all are experiencing the effects of poverty. Upon becoming a Big Issue vendor they receive training, are allocated a fixed pitch from which to vend, and must agree to adhere to a code of conduct whilst selling the magazine.
Since its launch in 1991, over 200 million copies of The Big Issue magazine have been sold by over 100,000 vulnerable people.
For further information please go to www.bigissue.com
About Amnesty International
Amnesty is made up of ordinary people from all walks of life around the world standing up for humanity and human rights. This is our strength, and means that the money and time our members and supporters give to Amnesty makes a huge difference to the global struggle for human rights.
Since 1961 Amnesty International has worked to protect people wherever justice, freedom, truth and dignity are denied.
Human Rights are the fundamental rights and freedom that belong to every single one of us.
As a global movement of over seven million people, 200,000 of whom are in the UK, Amnesty International is the world’s largest grassroots human rights organisation.
We investigate and expose abuses, educate and mobilise the public, and help transform societies to create a safer, more just world.
We received the Nobel Peace Prize for our life-saving work to stop torture around the world.
We are independent of any government, political ideology, economic interest or religion.
Our vision is a world in which every person enjoys all of the human rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international human rights standards.
We are effective because we are independent. We challenge human rights abuses wherever they happen, regardless of which government or group is responsible. Our research is watertight. Our work is underpinned by independent research in the field, first-hand eyewitness accounts and survivor testimonies, and forensic data using tools like satellite images where possible.
We’re in it for the long run – our work over several decades helped to secure an International Arms Trade Treaty in 2013, the International Criminal Court in 2002 and a global convention against torture in 1984.
We also work on Individual Cases. Our Individuals at Risk work has changed thousands of lives around the world, helping to save people from torture, detention, harassment and other abuses.
*Amnesty International UK Section Charitable Trust is a charity registered in England and Wales (1051681) and in Scotland (SCO39534). Registered Offices The Human Rights Action Centre, 17-25 New Inn Yard, EC2A 3EA”
Founded in 2004 as the principal source of music for DJs, Beatport is today the worldwide home of electronic music for DJs, producers, and their fans. The Beatport Store offers music in premium digital formats and provides unique music discovery tools created for and by DJs. Each week, Beatport’s music collection is refreshed with hundreds of exclusive tracks by the world’s top electronic music artists.
Beatport provides the global DJ community access to a vast catalogue of high quality, expertly curated digital music from the industry’s leading artists and labels. Our knowledge of, and passion for, DJ culture results in a constantly evolving and dynamic experience for our unique ecosystem. Created by DJs, for DJs, Beatport doesn’t just serve DJ culture, it defines it.