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THE BEST VIRTUAL FESTIVALS HAPPENING IN 2020


Missing the chaos of festival season? Got a Glasto-shaped hole in your heart? Us too. But all hope is not lost. Festival organisers know what the people want, and have blessed us with a variety of virtual festivals to recreate the experience this summer. Mud? Check. Tent? Check. Music? Right this way…

Lost Horizon

From the creative geniuses behind Glasto’s Shangri-La comes a truly mind-blowing innovation: the world’s largest VR festival. On the 3rd and 4th July 2020, ticketholders will be able to access a “real festival in a virtual world” via PC, VR or mobile app or streamed via BeatPort and Twitch. Explore the festival’s four stages with friends, find secret headliners and packed dancefloors (remember those?), and enjoy a killer line-up of mega DJs, the best undiscovered acts and visual artists across the two days, and experience a festival for our times like no other.

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United We Stream Greater Manchester

This one is all about community, and we absolutely love it. United We Stream is replacing Greater Manchester’s thriving nightlife scene with nightly streams of acts from the area and across the UK – but here’s the catch. Your virtual ticket costs whatever you feel, and the funds raised can be applied for by local businesses to help them through the COVID-19 crisis. Fundraising is still ongoing, and now you can go back and watch all the streams on your own schedule. Win-win.

Tomorrowland Around The World

Experiencing the legendary Tomorrowland without forking out for the plane ticket to Belgium? Sign us up. Tomorrowland’s Around The World digital festival on the 25th and 26th July 2020 promises to bring together the planet’s biggest names in EDM and best technology in 3D production to pioneer a new type of festival that takes place in a different world altogether. We think we’ll need to see this one to believe it – and we can’t wait.

Junction 2

This year, for one night only, London’s premier techno festival is going digital. Junction 2 Presents J2v will take place on Saturday 11th July across 4 mind-bendingly designed stages, with a revised lineup to reflect the festival’s commitment to diversity and fundraising taking place for Black Lives Matter, Care Workers Charity, Refuge, The Outside Project and Trussell Trust foodbanks.

Glastonbury on BBC iPlayer

The original, and always the best, Glastonbury’s 50th year has looked a little different to what we all had in mind. But luckily for us, the BBC have compiled the best sets from Glasto’s years gone by into seriously epic and eclectic lineups that you can relive again and again for the next 30 days. Get ready for the nostalgia – it’s going to be intense.

Coachella: 20 Years In The Desert

Not technically a festival, but if you like some history with your music, this is the one for you. Coachella’s 20th anniversary documentary was released in place of the festival in April, and celebrates the cultural icon’s rocky beginnings and era-defining performances that made it the event to be seen at that it is today. It won’t replace dancing to Beyonce in the California sun, but it might just make up your mind to get there next time, whatever it takes.

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