The virtual concert will kick off Norway’s The Gathering.
Every year Norway’s tech conference The Gathering kicks off with a concert. This year, however, will be a little different. As the Local reports, while Lemaitre, Broiler and AlunaGeorge perform at the Hamar Olympic Hall, their concert will be recreated live in the game Minecraft. The game, created by Swedish designer (and avowed Aphex Twin fan) Markus “Notch” Persson, has grown into a world-building phenomenon since its debut in 2011. This will mark the first live concert in the game’s world.
This will be achieved by a team of volunteer gamers who will control avatars modeled after the performers. They will match the movements on-stage live, giving people not attending the concert in Norway a unique virtual experience. Volunteers are currently creating billboards and flyers inside Minecraft to advertise the event, which will have limited space like any other concert due to server constraints.
“I’m sure they’ll be able to accommodate around 2,000 to 3,000 people, so this will have the same sort of feel as seeing a show in small concert venue,” said Erik Heisholt, the creative chief and founder of Heisholt Inc. and Gathering organizer.