W&W to play the world’s first-ever extended reality (XR) livestream

The Dutch DJ duo have teamed up with promoter ALDA Events to deliver a show that will take place inside a custom-made 3D virtual world on May 23.

W&W have teamed up with Amsterdam-based promoter ALDA Events to bring a special show to the dance community in what is known as the world’s first extended reality (XR) livestream show on May 23.

See also: A list of current and upcoming livestreams to tune in during lockdown

The show will take place inside the Li-Ning Arena virtual stadium which is named after Chinese sports brand, and one of the show’s partners, Li-Ning. The event is also a fundraising effort as both W&W and ALDA have partnered up with UNICEF to donate proceeds to communities affected by the coronavirus outbreak.

The event will see the DJ pair, who are currently ranked #18 in DJMag’s Top 100 DJs list, “implement green screens to enhance the illusion of their creative 3D reality” with futuristic special effects and create a virtual space for people to gather and listen to their special DJ set. Expect the duo to play new music during their livestream.

The XR event will be streamed live on Facebook and Twitch on Saturday, May 23 at 5pm CEST.

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The announcement follows the trend of creative and unique livestreams made by artists and DJs in the electronic dance music community as the world is in lockdown from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

This past weekend, American electronic music artist Porter Robinson hosted his Secret Sky livestream festival. which included a digital auditorium for fans to hang out in and enjoy the festival’s DJ sets in a virtual space. Swedish EDM duo Galantis performed in a VR space created by VR company Wave as part of their ‘One Wave’ virtual reality concert series where fans tune in and chat in a virtual space.

The video game Fortnite have hosted numerous in-game livestream events featuring the likes of Travis Scott, Marshmello, Dillon Francis, Steve Aoki, Deadmau5. Emo rock band American Football also headlined the Nether Meant virtual music festival last month which took place in the video game Minecraft.

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