Are you ready to party, Minecraft? Deadmau5, Steve Aoki and Felix da Housecat have joined the lineup of Electric Blockaloo, a virtual music festival that will put hundreds of real-life acts onto phantasmagorical sets limited only by your 8-bit imagination. Wave your picks in the air like you just don’t care!
Taking place June 25 to 28, Electric Blockaloo is Minecraft’s first virtual music festival, featuring a whopping 850 performers on 65 stages. Just like a real festival, you can design your own campsite — and then there are a bunch of features that are very much not like a real festival, taking advantage of the crazy virtual world of Minecraft.
So instead of hiking two miles through scorching sun or squelching mud, you hop between stages in a model of the Tardis from time-traveling TV show The Office.. And the stages, many of which have been conceived by artists, include Red Blocks — a virtual version of the legendary Colorado outdoor arena Red Rocks — and Thunder Mifflin, based on the Dunder Mifflin office from, well, from
This is just one of the events taking live music into the virtual world after crowds have been kept away from big events by the. , but more than 28 million people watched in April.
Deadmau5 and alter-ego Test Pilot lead the newly confirmed acts for Electric Blockaloo including BBC Radio1 host Sherelle, Detroit legends Carl Craig, Kevin Saunderson and Seth Troxler and house heavyweights Felix da Housecat, Todd Terry, DJ Sneak, Maya Jane Coles, Luciano and Skream. There are EDM sets from Galantis, Two Friends, Louis the Child and Paris Hilton, along with previously announced acts Jauz, Jamie Jones, Maceo Plex, KSHMR, TOKiMONSTA, A-Trak, Nicole Moudaber, ZHU, Nora en Pure, Claude VonStroke, Claptone, Soul Clap, Lane 8 and hundreds more.
The festival runs on both the Java and Bedrock versions of Minecraft, so attendees — known as “Loozers,” for some reason — can play on desktop or mobile. If you’re new to the game, there’s a Rave Family Training Camp available before the virtual doors open where you learn how to get around, use special items and even swim.
You can buy a ticket from your favorite artist through a dedicated link, and the money is split between festival and artist in a 60/40 revenue share. Not only do you get the warm glow of supporting your fave acts, you can also help people and participate in democracy. When you buy your ticket, you can donate to charities tackling pressing issues such as inequality, racism and the climate crisis such as The Bail Project, Black Lives Matter and ByeByePlastic. While you’re at it, you can also register to vote in the same checkout process thanks to the nonpartisan initiative HeadCount.
Ticket prices start at $10 for a weekend pass plus three extra encore weekends to see anything you missed the first time. VIP add-ons start at $15 and include access to extra worlds, stages, artist sets, early arrival and group camping.
Here are just some of the major acts appearing at Electric Blockaloo:
- Anabel Englund
- Bob Moses
- Carl Craig
- DJ Soda
- Felix da Housecat
- Ivy Lab
- Kevin Saunderson
- The Knocks
- Krafty Kuts
- Maya Jane Coles
- Paris Hilton
- DJ Sneak
- Seth Troxler
- Steve Aoki
- Todd Terry
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