Digital actuality: ‘There isn’t a most, there isn’t any restrict!’

Seeing your favorite artists live on stage hasn’t been easy for the last year or so. But what about watching shows in a completely virtual world?

The Dutch symphonic rock band Within Temptation was set to make headlines at London’s O2 arena in 2020, but travel restrictions and social distancing restrictions have forced them to postpone more than once. The band turned to technology to perform The Aftermath – A Show In A Virtual Reality. Fans could buy tickets for the concert and watch them online. Band leader Sharon den Adel told the BBC about the experience.

NOYS VR, based in Germany, has been creating virtual reality platforms for artists and fans since before the coronavirus pandemic. CEO Pascal Kuemper spoke to the BBC about the technology used and how it works with the audience. The company offers its concerts both in the web browser and via virtual reality headsets.

Video by Ian Casey

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