When it comes to watching events in virtual reality (VR) – especially live ones – Oculus Venues is becoming a good place to catch some of the latest musical artists. Last month saw GRAMMY-winning singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist H.E.R. perform as part of her Lights On Festival, while in August Billy Eilish’s When We All Fall Asleep world tour performance from Spain was broadcast. For October, it’s the turn of Hollywood’s Bleeding rapper Post Malone.
The livestream is thanks to immersive content and technology company Supersphere and will be part of Post Malone’s North American Runaway headline tour in support of his third studio album, Hollywood’s Bleeding, which has been #1 on Billboard Top 200 for several weeks.
Broadcast on Thursday, 17th October at 8:00 PM ET (1am BST 18th Oct) viewers will be able to: “Take a seat inside the PNC Arena in Raleigh, NC to see Post Malone, live in an immersive 180* VR concert experience that will bring you inside the show, only in Oculus Venues,” states a press release.
This will be the second time Post Malone has performed for a live-VR audience. The first was last year for MelodyVR’s Autumn selection of concerts which also included Imagine Dragons, 5 Seconds of Summer and J Balvin, with the platform streaming his show at the Toyota Music Factory.
The Oculus Venues app was originally announced during Oculus Connect 4 (OC4) in 2017, arriving last year as part of the Oculus Go launch. Available for free on both Oculus Go and Oculus Quest – since being rolled out in July, no Rift support for some reason – the app is designed as one-stop for VR enthusiasts to hang out with their mates and enjoy sporting events, concerts and more. Last week NextVR and the NBA announced that US-based NBA League Pass owners would be able to watch select games from the 2019-20 season each week.
Post Malone adds to Supersphere’s ever-growing Oculus Venues lineup which include Tenacious D, Vince Staples, The Revivalists, and Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats.
VRFocus will continue its coverage of Oculus Venues, reporting back with the latest concerts and sporting events taking place on the platform.