“Imagine going to a festival where great live performances, interesting films and innovative games are all guaranteed. Imagine going to a festival where you get to hang out with people from all over the world. Imagine doing all this from your own computer.”
This weekend saw the launch of the first ever (I think it is anyway) international festival set in a virtual world. Secondfest, sponsored by the Guardian and Intel, has been described as a “unique digital adventure”. Or, a reason to sit in front of your computer for a whole weekend.
Love it or hate it, Second Life has managed to attract some pretty big names for the virtual festival, such as Petshop Boys and Hot Chip. Check out the line-up. And they’ve got a MySpace page where you can see pictures of the event and read their blog. It’s pretty amazing to have such a big festival, one that only exists in a virtual world. I’m still a bit cynical about the whole thing though – going to a festival in a virtual environment is not exactly the same as a real life gig. But at least it’s all for free, and you don’t have to worry about getting muddy.
Unfortunately I had plans in my first life this weekend and wasn’t able to attend…