Facebook’s Oculus Venues social VR service will host a Billie Eilish concert on September 3.
Oculus Venues is a service on Facebook’s wireless VR headsets including Gear VR, Oculus Go and Oculus Quest. The app features a series of events broadcast and recreated in virtual reality to varying degrees with co-watching features so you can watch with other people. Venues debuted on Quest in partnership with NextVR for a soccer game and also a rock opera performance by Tenacious D.
Here’s the description for the event on Venues:
“17-year-old Billie Eilish is the artist behind the multi-platinum global smash album, “WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?”. The album debuted at No.1 on the Billboard 200 album chart and has since returned to the top spot two additional times this year. Her single “bad guy” hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 following an unprecedented total of 9 weeks at No. 2.”
She’ll bring the world tour for the album to Venues from WiZink Center in Madrid, Spain.
Labor Day Weekend is coming up in the United States and that likely means a long weekend of VR for owners of the Oculus Quest. The concert with Eilish will be held after the weekend on Tuesday night at 6 pm Pacific time. If you have an Oculus account you can mark your interest in the event or through the Oculus app on your phone.
The concert joins a growing schedule of social “events” you can join in VR across various apps like Bigscreen or Rec Room as new content is added over time. On September 25 and 26 Facebook will host its Oculus Connect 6 developers conference and that’s where we expect major updates to be announced for Oculus platforms like Rift S, Go, and Quest. Facebook’s built toward the Quest all-in-one standalone VR system for a number of years but hasn’t aligned around a single set of social services to offer buyers across all of their systems. Venues is one of those services and we hope to see updates to Facebook’s plan in September.