The Brooklyn-based quintet, Real Estate, are “quarantouring” via augmented-reality, performing in your own home.
“CANCELLED” seemed to be the words plastered across all music-lovers’ timelines this month – so the news of Real Estate is performing the world’s first augmented reality concert experience is greatly needed.
Brooklyn-based indie-rock band, Real Estate, are the latest band to provide free entertainment to fans in isolation – this time with a technological twist.
With the world in lockdown due to coronavirus, musicians and artists have temporarily hung up their mics and suspended gigs globally until COVID-19 becomes a thing of the past. But, it’s not as bleak as it sounds. Many artists have used their time in isolation to get creative juices flowing, have dropped music early or live-streamed gigs for fans to boost morale.
Indie-rock band Real Estate are no exception and have even surprised us with a new Augmented-Reality technology, which aims to give you a one-on-one show in place of their cancelled.
The virtual tour will feature songs from their latest album The Main Thing. Check out our interview with founding member Alex Bleeker as he talks through the essence behind the fifth album and the bands motivations to share with those around them what “feeds their soul”.
What’s a “quarantour” you ask? Well, using the newest technology for the first time ever, you’ll be able to turn your bedroom into an arena. The augmented-reality technology, made famous by the gaming app Pokemon GO in 2016, super-imposes a CGI image of the band performing wherever you point your smartphone’s camera. So, let the band accompany you as you go about your isolation-life and turn your bedroom, kitchen, or garden into a makeshift stadium.
Obviously, this concert-for-one doesn’t quite yield the same wow-factor as a gig or a festival. Part of the fun is pushing your way to the front of the crowd, hopping on a stranger’s shoulders for a better view – all whilst attempting to keep your stubby upright. Nevertheless, the new technology is an exciting advancement for the music scene, especially as we’re all cooped up at home, and is something new to keep you occupied on demand.
Not convinced? Check out the video below to see what’s in store. Head to their website here to see for yourselves.