The pandemic has taught the entertainment industry a lot many things and if one of those is going to stick for a long time, it is going to be virtual concerts. With everyone holed inside their homes and spaces, it was quite impossible to keep yourself entertained in a virtual space with no human interaction at all. But the entertainment industry moved a step further and came up with countless digital solutions that now help people to enjoy concerts in practically the same way they did at physical venues.
The best part? Now you do not need to leave the comfort of your house and get to listen to Justin Bieber live from your couch. As the "Peaches" singer recently announced his virtual musical festival with Wave, fans can get to experience his heavenly acoustics without any of the scares that one has to face nowadays when heading to crowded spaces.
The "All I Want For Christmas Is You" singer has revealed that he will be holding a virtual concert with the digital entertainment company Wave. The concert, "Justin Bieber – An Interactive Virtual Experience," will feature a complete "futuristic look into the metaverse, merging gaming, real-time motion-capture, and live musical performance into an immersive interactive experience."
Further explaining the dynamics of the interactive experience, Wave shared, "Audiences will go on an epic and intimate musical journey with Bieber and see him perform songs from his #1 album Justice before kicking off his 2022 Justice World Tour." The performance will be helmed by Justin Biever in his metaverse avatar form while the singer goes on to present a fully live show.
Tickets for the digital concert are available through signing up on https://live.wavexr.com/justin-bieber . A simple sign-up will allow fans to experience a fully free Justin Bieber live show on November 18 at 6 pm PT/9 pm ET. By chance, if you miss the innovative concert, you can also tune in for the rebroadcast on November 20 and 21.
The singer, aged 27, also shared his thoughts on the virtual concert and said that he would be using the platform for engaging with his fans. He revealed, "I am a big believer in Wave and love the platform as a new way for me to engage with my fans." Saying that he is excited to use the new "technology to bring people together and connect" the singer added, "I'm excited to be using this technology to bring people together and connect with fans from all over the world. I can't wait for them to check out this interactive performance."
The company itself is looking forward to their big endeavor along with Justin Bieber paying off. The company's CEO is hopeful that the new technology will change the face of concerts as big singers could now connect to their fans through a virtually interactive concert.
Adam Arrigo, CEO of Wave said, "Justin Bieber is not only one of the world's biggest artists, but he is also one of the most forward-thinking. This partnership allows for limitless, virtual opportunities for him and his fans." Calling the new concert initiative a "unique, interactive experience," the CEO shared, "By combining Wave’s technology with Justin’s creativity, we’ve created a unique, interactive experience that complements his upcoming physical tour."
In the era after a global pandemic, it has become immensely clear that not the entirety of the population will be so comfortable attending in-person concerts. Other hindrances like venues not having sufficient arrangements for differently-abled people and more can also be solved by introducing virtual concerts. The CEO said, "Justin is paving the way for artists to incorporate a virtual concert 'tour stop' to reach new audiences who can't attend in-person or want a different kind of live music experience."
Here are various time zones if you are looking to watch the rebroadcast of the "Justin Bieber – An Interactive Virtual Experience" on wave.watch. The rebroadcasts will also be available on YouTube.
The time zones are:
U.S. and Canada: Saturday, November 20th at 8 pm PT / 11 pm ET
U.S. and Canada: Sunday, November 21st at 11 am PT / 2 pm ET
U.K., Europe, and South America: Sunday, November 21st at 7 pm GMT
Australia, Asia, and Pacific: Sunday, November 21st at 3 pm AEDT
If you wish to watch the free live show on November 18, head on to Wave.watch/Justin-Bieber and sign up for the concert for free1
However, Justin Bieber is not the first star to collaborate with Wave for this virtual entertainment party. Wave has already partnered with many other singers and stars for their interactive virtual concerts, which first began with the Epic Games' "Fortnite" shows.
The show that will debut Justin Bieber in his 'avatar' form in his 'own virtual universe,' will also allow him to 'interact directly' with the program attendees. Similarly, fans themselves can engage with Bieber and will be shown to the artist as virtual emotes. The emotes are basically pictographs that let the artist engage with his virtual listeners.
Prior to Justin Bieber's Wave concert, Travis Scott performed in a similar program back in 2020. The show was in collaboration with "Fortnite" and also included sales of his merch. Overall, the artist was able to garner $20 million from the show and related sales. Similarly Ariana Grande also saw a major increment in the streaming of her songs "R.E.M." and "Be Alright" after she hosted a virtual concert in August.