Tech Stack: Hybrid theatre, New Year’s Eve in the metaverse and more…

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Our weekly tech round-up from the world of ticketing and associated industries…

Hybrid theatre

Award-winning online theatre company Remote Theater has announced its fourth season, which will include hybrid, online and offline performances. Remote Theater was created as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and in 2023 will feature an in-person and live-streamed concert in March of the musical, The Fourth Messenger. The musical’s lyrics were written by Remote Theater co-founder Tanya Shaffer and singer-songwriter Vienna Teng. 

Technological acquisitions

Access solutions provider ASSA ABLOY, through its identity solutions technology company HID Global, has acquired Janam Technologies. Janam produces handheld mobile computers and readers, with the acquisition helping to build HID’s events access portfolio. 

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New Year’s events in the metaverse 

Many took to the metaverse to ring in the New Year, with events from the likes of NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal. ‘The Shaq-tacular Spectacular’ was hosted by the basketball player for an hour on Meta’s metaverse platform, Horizon World. Attendees were able to experience it in virtual reality (VR) using Facebook-owner Meta’s Quest VR headsets. The event featured performances from artists such as Cardi B, Ludacris, Lil Yachty and more.

Live-streamed New Year’s Eve

Outside of the metaverse, New Year’s Eve events took place across the US with many available to live-stream for free to fans. Concerts and performances took place from the likes of Miley Cyrus and Dolly Parton, who hosted an event which was streamed through the NBC app and on NBC. Those outside of New York were also able to watch the drop of the Waterford Crystal ball through a live-stream on the Times Square website. Fans of Lizzo were also treated to a ‘Lizzo: Live in Concert’ stream on New Year’s Eve through HBO Max.