In March 2021, symphonic metal giants Nightwish will offer their fans a unique experience in “The Islanders Arms”, a tavern built in virtual reality. Tickets for the digital concert are available now.
Released in April 2020 amidst the Covid-19 pandemic, Nightwish’s 9th studio album ”Human. :II: Nature.” has not been performed live yet. Having had to postpone their world tour, Nightwish decided to create something unforeseen to lighten up the dark times.
The band will set the stage for an exquisite interactive experience for two nights, Friday and Saturday, March 12-13th, to be exact. In An Evening with Nightwish in a Virtual World, the band will perform at The Islanders Arms, a tavern built in virtual reality. Tickets to both shows are on sale now on the band’s website. The ticket buyers can be watch the recording for 48 hours after the show.
The audience are promised an unforgettable 90-minute performance, with songs from their latest album ”Human. :II: Nature.” performed live for the first time. Still, the setlist will be different on each night.
The full-length live experience, which is promised to reach “magical dimensions”, will be set in virtual reality. During the evening, both the band and the audience can dive into diverse imaginary 3D worlds. The technical production is led by Finnish tech company Zoan, whose Burst Live platform also powered Finnish rap superstars JVG’s virtual reality show which attracted over million viewers in May.
"It's incredibly exciting to be a part of this unique production with Nightwish and Zoan. Despite the virtually uncharted territory we're operating in, everyone's 100% committed to delivering an unforgettable live experience that will push boundaries of what's possible," comments Tuomo Tähtinen, Managing Director of the concert's promoter Fullsteam Agency.
For an interactive virtual show experience, members of the audience can create avatars and join the show on their computers or mobile devices. The audience can react by gestures, cheers or emojis, and chat with other fans. One can also dress up their avatar with Nightwish merchandise.