Visual aids in concert settings have come a long way from the days of intelligent stage lighting and smog machines. Large LED screens and over the top production entice the eyes to get lost in explosions of light, color, and well-timed images at clubs and music festivals. Now, co-founders Adam Arrigo and Aaron Lemeke want to immerse you in a virtual world that tests the senses. TheWaveVR is the founders’ response to a growing demand for more creative engagement with music fans. The WaveVR is an unparalleled musical experience, allowing people to talk, high five, and interact with the music on a scale not seen before. Environments shift, shape, light up, and evolve before the user’s eyes. If the WaveVR was just a platform for spectators, then there wouldn’t be much to distinguish it from competing platforms, but what makes TheWaveVr a trendsetter is that it allows performers to create their own concerts. Performers can sign up to mix live on their own customized stage and tweek their audience’s experience. These shows, called “Wave shows” include a set of virtual Dj tools for performers that want to entertain a crowd. Currently, the WaveVr is available an Early Access Game on Steam and is free to download. The full version is expected at the end of 2017 and the developers promise a bigger suite of tools for “artists to create shows with and new ways for fans to experience those shows.” TheWaveVR software requires the use of an HTC Vive, 8 MB of Ram, 600 MB of available space, an i5 processor, and graphics set at 970 or higher. Some Steam users reported that the software would occasionally lag and crash, but the response has mostly been positive, with people applauding the ability to jam with friends, make new friends, drink potions to be transported into different visual dimensions, and play with toys to enhance the VR experience. Check out one user’s experience below. To get an idea of what a live set looks like in TheWave, watch Grimecraft’s live set. Find out more at http://thewavevr.com/. Download TheWaveVr at http://store.steampowered.com/app/453000/TheWaveVR/.
Brazil has definitely felt the effects of the EDM bubble with the loss of EDC Brazil which would have taken place earlier this month. It seems 2017 will be brighter in terms of EDM events in the south American country with 2 European festivals making their way down to the land of hot chicks and soccer. Plusnetwork who is owned by Livestyle Inc which is formally known as SFX made an announcement that they will be debuting the Brazilian edition for two of Europes hottest music festivals (Welcome to the future & Awakenings Festival). The two festivals do not involve mainstream electronic music. Awakenings Festival takes place primarily in Spaarnwoude, Netherlands, and is one of the most popular techno festivals in Europe. Welcome to the Future is a music festival that usually presents a more diversified underground line-up in Amsterdam, from the grooves of Hot Since 82 to Chris Liebing’s more straightforward techno. Awakenings Festival Welcome to the Future
Music festivals are a huge undertaking. Most festival goers like traveling in a group. The idea of being one among thousands, possibly tens of thousands of people, can seem daunting, but there are benefits to doing it alone. Doing what you want! One of the biggest advantages of going solo is that you do not have to plan around others’ schedules. There is no need to split your time between sets or miss a DJ because your friends want to be elsewhere. If you want to arrive late to or leave early from an event, you can do that without worrying about what someone else wants to do. You are more likely to meet new people It’s too easy to stay in your comfort zone when you come to a music festival with a group of friends. If you come to a music festival on your own, you become more open to meeting new people. You aren’t beholden to one group. More often than not, one or more people from your group wander off, and you end up around strangers anyhow. Why not liberate yourself from a group and make an entirely new group of friends? Spend less time waiting for female group members to use the bathroom No matter what music festival you attend, you will wait for a female friend to do her bathroom business. Women just take longer. It’s a fact of life. Men are lucky. They can whip it out and pretty much be done. If the stall is a mess, no big deal. It can be a challenge to use the restroom at a festival when you are a woman due to bathroom facilities going to shit within the first few hours of a festival. If you don’t care to miss the opening of a DJ’s set from waiting for your female friend to get out of line and get out of whatever bathroom space, she has to enter, go to a festival alone. Cease worrying about finding where your group is It’s inevitable. One or more of your group will wander off or get stuck at a stage, leaving you to burn up your cell phone battery trying to message them if you want to connect up with them or vice versa. Totems, flags, and festival site landmarks allow for people to gather together but it is liberating to not chase after friends and collect everyone at the end of the night. Going solo to a festival may leave you feeling overwhelmed at first since you don’t have your usual crew to hang with, but if you’re open to new experiences, you may find making new connections easier than expected. Pack your bags and try the solo festival life. You never know what will happen.
Pune, India: The 10th edition of Sunburn Music Festival will have its main stage built out of recyclable material. Sunburn, the four-day music festival will kick off on December 28th and have cool names for each of the stages like District 808, Monstercat, Ray Ban, Shaan & Friends, Soma Project and Vinal Ambulance. Sunburn Music Festival like every year will have big names like Armin van Buuren, Afrojack, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Axwell Λ Ingrosso, KSHMR and much more! Check out the full lineup below: