On Monday we reported that internet streaming juggernaut YouTube was taking a massive leap forward in its immersive content strategy by enabling live 360 videos for the very first time. This weekend they are kicking it off in style with a live stream of the second weekend of Coachella.
That’s right, the popular music mega-festival is YouTube’s first big platform for utilizing its new 360 live-streams. Starting this weekend you’ll be able to view select performances live from Coachella stages in glorious spherical immersion.
Here’s how to get in on the action.
Option 1: YouTube
YouTube has been around long enough to master the art of digital streaming online. Although the scope has changed, the simplicity of its platform is very much on display with this new 360 platform.
All you’ll need to do to find yourself right in the middle of the action is visit YouTube’s 360 Coachella hub. Here you’ll be able to browse past experiences while also partaking in live performances from some of the show’s biggest artists.
You can also check out Coachella’s own version of a 360 headquarters that integrates YouTube’s content as well.
Full schedule of streams below:
Friday, April 22nd 2016 //
Saturday, April 23rd 2016 //
GUNS N’ ROSES – COACHELLA STAGE — TBD
ICE CUBE – COACHELLA STAGE — 9:05-10:00 PM
CHVRCHES — COACHELLA STAGE — 6:10-7:00 PM
RUN THE JEWELS — COACHELLA STAGE — 4:55-5:45 PM
GARY CLARK JR. — COACHELLA STAGE – 3:35-4:25 PM
MOON TAXI — COACHELLA STAGE — 2:30-3:10 PM
Option 2: Vantage.TV
YouTube may be making a big splash with its Coachella 360 broadcasts but it is not the only way you can experience Coachella this year with a VR headset.
Vantage.TV – in conjunction with Coachella itself – has built a virtual reality app that will allow you to view behind the scenes content, tours of the festival, and live-streamed performances inside of a VR headset.
The Vantage Coachella experience is compatible with Samsung Gear VR and Google Cardboard. Joining the virtual party is as simple as downloading the Coachella VR app and opening it inside of your preferred mobile HMD.
Here is Coachella’s schedule for its VR powered second weekend:
Friday, April 22nd
Saturday, April 23rd
Gary Clark Jr.
Run The Jewels
Guns n Roses
Sunday, April 24th
Nathaniel Rateliff and The Night Sweats
Matt & Kim