We are living in the future of music festivals. In 2018, Minecraft saw the first full-blown music festival right inside of the game, featuring DJ sets from some top-notch electronic artists, stage designs, and the ability to enjoy music with your friends. Coalchella was a virtual music festival and meet-up within Minecraft, and users were so into it that this experience is back again. Not to be confused with the failed influencer-peddled festival, Fire Festival is doing quite the opposite.
Taking place on January 12th and 13th inside Minecraft, Fire Festival features a killer lineup of artists both small and huge for a totally virtual festival experience. Open to all ages and totally free, this festival boasts two stages and can last all night long, making this experience advantageous for both the organizers and attendees. It makes me wonder why it’s taken so long for music festivals to move into this direction — Max Schramp is the one who pushed the original idea for Coalchella into the game, and after its success, it seems that Fire Festival is going to accomplish even more than the organizers could have imagined from the very start.
Since this is an entirely new way to experience a festival, I asked some of the performers of Fire Festival why they’re excited to play this event. Additionally, I asked their opinion of music festivals moving into the virtual space to see just how much impact this event could have for years (or generations) to come. You can take a sneak preview of the festival in the trailer above and scope the full lineup below.
I’M EXCITED FOR VIRTUAL FESTIVALS COS IT WILL MEAN THE UNBEARABLE TYPE OF MOUTHBREATHER WHO IS SATISFIED WITH A MINECRAFT GIG WON’T COME TO OUR IRL ONES.
It is with great pleasure that I play the Minecraft Music Festival with my best friend and collaborator Iglooghost, whose live performances I adore! I hope all gigs become virtual someday, free and accessible; you can’t go wrong!
Fire Fest is the purveyor of the digital underground of electronic dance music. When I was approached to play I obviously said yes because I knew they would be down with uptempo hardcore. Everyone listening to my set is in for a nice 200+ BPM fuck.
As our Lord and Savior, Porter Robinson, once so eloquently worded: Online Music Festivals, as well as Anime Tiddies, will be the driving force in this technological movement towards manifesting our virtual selves leaving our limited biological vessels on the literal shelf.
I think the concept of festivals taking place in the virtual world is revolutionary! I’m a huge fan of in-person events but I’m so excited to play an online one, it really gives a lot of people who wouldn’t normally be able to play or attend the chance to be involved with everyone else. It’s very inclusive and always a lot of fun. There are no limits to what Fire Fest can do!
i’m excited to play fire fest because i’m never able to go on tour, so it’ll be a really cool way to play with and see all of my friends in a way i usually cant🌸i think festivals moving to the virtual world is just part of natural progression of moving our whole life online, and with festivals getting increasingly for the upper class, its a cool way to sort of subvert that trend🌸
I’m so excited to be a part of organizing and playing this event because we were somehow able to turn a joke into an actual way to make the music festival experience more accessible and affordable to more of the people in our community by hosting it in a virtual space. The level of hard work from the whole team to achieve this goal has been immeasurable, and we’re so ready to finally see it all unfold!
Scope the full lineup for Fire Fest below and tune in this weekend to join the fun.