Our weekly tech round-up from the world of ticketing and associated industries…
K-pop mixes digital and physical
K-pop festival KCON LA recently wrapped up its first in-person edition since 2019 with a second multi-act concert at Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles.
Organisers confirmed that more than 90,000 visitors attended the conference aspect of the event at the Los Angeles Convention Center, while an additional 7.17 million tuned in worldwide via streaming.
NFTs and festivals
Hungary’s Sziget Festival has entered the world of non-fungible tokens (NFTs) and has issued and minted its first set of Sziget artworks. Organisers have also created the Sziget Festival NFT Club.
During this year’s festival earlier this month, festival-goers were able to access free NFT versions of key images from previous editions. Attendees could also become members of the SzigetVibes NFT Club.
English rock band Muse is set to release a new album in the form of an NFT. The band will also release its album in the more traditional format of a standard CD, vinyl and as a digital download.
In the UK, Muse’s NFT version of the album ‘Will of the People’ will even be judged as ‘chart-compliant’, meaning those that buy NFT albums will help the band in the music charts. Only 1,000 NFTs are being made available and will cost around £20 ($24/€24).
World record-beating virtual reality event
MundoCrypto, a cryptocurrency training academy in Spanish-speaking countries, is attempting to host the biggest in-person virtual reality (VR) event in the world, while also launching its own Metaverse.
The event is set to take place on August 27 at the WiZink Center in Madrid, where 7,500 guests will look to break the world record in the VR category. The current Guinness World Record for ‘the most people using virtual reality displays simultaneously’ stands at 1,867.