Splendour XR: The World’s First Immersive Virtual Music Festival
— Updated on 30 July 2021

Splendour XR: The World’s First Immersive Virtual Music Festival

— Updated on 30 July 2021
Garry Lu
Garry Lu

Splendour In The Grass just isn’t quite the same outside of those July weekend dates. As an event tens of thousands of punters look forward to year after year, while they’re undoubtedly grateful Australia’s premier music festival is still happening in 2021 – pushed back to a warmer, potentially sunnier November date – many will feels as though something is missing approaching the end of next month. That’s where Splendour XR comes in.

Hailed as the world’s first immersive virtual music festival, this online-only – not to mention, far more affordable – experience will combine technology and art to bring you over 50 of your favourite music acts. Headlined by the likes of Khalid, The Killers, Denzel Curry, Duke Dumont, and more, the virtual collaboration promises to be the real deal (or as real as virtual can get). In lieu of avatars in a video game and recycled content, Splendour VR is offering never-before-seen live sets performed and recorded especially for the occasion.

Build your virtual festival-going self and navigate an “imaginatively embellished” yet faithful recreation of Splendour’s Byron Bay venue grounds, minus the mud, extremely obvious undercover police, and munted kin. And just like the real-life Splendour, you’ll be able to create your own schedule, travelling from stage to stage to watch your favourite artists, even virtually meeting up with your mates along the way.

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“Splendour has always offered patrons a deep programming experience with The Forum, Global Village, Little Splendour, and more on offer alongside our favourite artists,” says Jessica Ducrou & Paul Piticco, Splendour In The Grass Co-Producers.

“We could not be more excited about Splendour XR and the opportunity to take the Splendour goodness online to our existing community and also to new audiences around the globe.”

“Working with Splendour we have been challenged to go above and beyond anything we’ve done before,” says Pouyan Afkary, Sansar Business Development.

“This is going to be the most impressive virtual live event that the consumer market has ever seen, and we can say that with absolute confidence.”

Splendour XR will take place on mobiles, tablets, and desktops everywhere, across the usual festival dates: July 24th to 25th (12 PM to 2 AM [AEST]). Tickets will be available to purchase today for existing Splendour In The Grass ticket holders + early birds from $19.99 for a single day pass (1st release opens June 10th). Existing Splendour In The Grass ticket holders will also receive a $2.50 early bird discount. Anyone looking to host a Splendour XR house part will also be afforded the opportunity to cop XR Party Packs, which comes with some branded apparel.

Check out the complete run of what you’re in for below.

Splendour XR 2021 Line-up

Day 1

Headliner: Khalid

  • Denzel Curry
  • Duke Dumont
  • Tash Sultana
  • Masked Wolf
  • Russ Millions
  • Band of Horses
  • Little Simz
  • Violent Soho
  • Aurora
  • Phoebe Bridgers
  • Vera Blue
  • Pink Sweat$
  • Client Liason
  • Griff
  • Pond
  • Tayla Parx
  • Dune Rats
  • Methyl Ethel
  • The Chats
  • Triple One
  • Cat & Calmell
  • King Stingray
  • The Southern River Band

Day 2

Headliner: The Killers

  • Charli XCX
  • Vance Joy
  • Grimes Metaverse (Super Beta)
  • The Avalanches
  • Of Monsters & Men
  • Kaytranada
  • Black Pumas
  • Hot Dub Time Machine
  • Millennium Parade
  • The Jungle Giants
  • Ocean Alley
  • Jungle
  • What So Not
  • King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard
  • Sinead Harnett
  • Holly Humberstone
  • Spacey Jane
  • Crooked Colours
  • Amyl & The Sniffers
  • Wafia
  • Aviva
  • The Snuts
  • Band-Maid
  • Ziggy Ramo
  • Gretta Ray

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Garry Lu
After stretching his legs with companies such as The Motley Fool and the odd marketing agency, Garry joined Boss Hunting in 2019 as a fully-fledged Content Specialist. In 2021, he was promoted to News Editor. Garry proudly retains a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, black bruises from Muay Thai, as well as a black belt in all things pop culture. Drop him a line at [email protected]