Germany’s iconic Bootshaus club has launched a new virtual reality party experience by recreating the venue at scale for viewers to explore at home.

The club’s long-term partners Desperados and elrow will kick-off a series of guests, takeovers and some interactive functionality to power the experience in collaboration with virtual live events company Sansar.

The layout of the club’s main room and outdoor areas have been precisely replicated in the virtual environment, which can be experienced in full via the Sansar platform using a VR headset and a Windows PC with a dedicated graphics card. The live streams can also be enjoyed via Youtube and Twitch without a VR headset, or via the Sansar app on iPhone orAndroid (featuring multiple camera angles of the DJ).

The latest elrow show powered by Desperados will immerse partygoers in the surreal universe of urban artist Okuda San Miguel and his ‘Kaos Garden’ concept, bringing the space to life through a combination of bright colours and geometric shapes.

Guests globally can enter the space and customise their personal avatars before tuning into the track selection from Spanish techno DJs Paco Osuna, Andres Campo and Fer BR.

Fabian Thylmann, owner of Bootshaus, said: “We’re excited to share this VR experience for the international dance music community to enjoy. It’s a project we’ve been working on for along time and releasing it now feels more important than ever. The VR project once again sees Bootshaus at the forefront of the industry and it’s an honour to team up with some of the industry’s key players to deliver a stellar collection of events that can be experienced from homes globally.”

Following on from elrow’s event, Alteza by Vini Vici will takeover Bootshaus in their series of virtual reality events on December 5, while more events are yet to be announced.

Soho Theatre and Amazon

London’s Soho Theatre has signed a three-season deal with Amazon Prime video to present and broadcast shows created on its stages.

The partnership will kick off next month with season one of ‘Soho Theatre Live’ featuring 11 existing shows, and a further series to be unveiled over the course of 2021, each of which will be filmed at the capital’s theatre.

Mark Godfrey, executive director at Soho Theatre, which has been closed since March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, said: “We’re thrilled to sign this three-series deal with Amazon Prime Video. It’s part of our commitment to connect the work of the brilliant performers on our Soho stages to much wider audiences. We’re looking forward to introducing some of our existing filmed shows to Amazon Prime Video audiences now, and to invest in a further 20 new comedy shows to be filmed for Series 2 and 3.”

Shows on offer from December 3 are largely comedy-based from the likes of Aditi Mittal, Dane Baptiste, and Jen Brister, among others.

Tencent

Tencent Music Entertainment Group has acquired a minority stake in Los Angeles-based virtual concerts platform Wave.

Under the deal, Tencent will be able to stream Wave experiences in China across all of its platforms, including QQ Music, Kugou Music, Kuwo Music and WeSing.

Wave uses broadcast technology and real-time gaming graphics to transform artists into digital avatars in a virtual world, through which they can play livestreamed concerts for fans to watch and interact with. The company has hosted over 50 events from artists including The Weeknd, John Legend, Tinashe and Lindsey Stirling, performing for millions of viewers around the world.

Those viewers can access and share Wave concerts via YouTube, Twitch, Facebook, Twitter, plus other digital and gaming channels.

In addition, the collaboration will see Wave and Tencent Music develop virtual concert content for TME Live, TME’s in-house live music performance streaming arm.

TC Pan, group vice-president of content cooperation of TME, said: “The collaboration with Wave marks an important step forward in our efforts to integrate technology and music, aiming to amplify the immersive music experience for our users, enhance user engagement and promote content consumption.

“With this strategic partnership, we will further extend the boundaries of music services through virtual performances, and build a broader music ecosystem.”