What is it like to watch a LIVE 360 virtual reality concert?

Earlier today, I got to experience Singapore’s 1st live concert shot in 360 virtual reality at Suntec City, West Atrium.

Concert venue

Concert venue

Present by Starhub together with mm2, the  360 virtual reality concert is FREE and showcased some of Asia’s hottest singing sensations, including Taiwanese singers Huang Pin Yuan 黄品源, Dennis Sun孙自佑 and Singaporeans Hear Me Sing winner Jean Goh 吴思佳, Director Jack Neo 梁志强 and Ah Boys To Men’s Tosh Zhang 张志扬, Wang Weiliang 王伟良 and Jaspers Lai 赖宇涵.

The actual concert was a private concert during mm2’s Annual General Meeting, exclusive to the group’s shareholders and guests. Thanks to live virtual reality streaming technology and Starhub, the public got to catch the simultaneous screening, live from Marina Bay Sands Grand Theatre to Suntec City.

This was the first time I caught a live 360 concert and the experience was pretty unique. I would say just about all the attendees at the event were drawn there out of curiosity to keep at the forefront of entertainment technology.

A guest watching the concert with a pair of 360 virtual reality glasses

A guest watching the concert with a pair of 360 virtual reality glasses

Other guests putting on their glasses

Other guests putting on their glasses

Tosh Zhang and Wang Weiling swung by Suntec City after wrapping their performances at Marina Bay Sands. They watched the remainder of the concert using the 360 virtual reality glasses provided. Check out their candid responses on the experience:

For the fans, I managed to get several good shots of the duo as they posed for the media and exchanged jokes:

Tosh Zhang and Wang Weiliang with the emcee at the event

Tosh Zhang and Wang Weiliang with the emcee at the event

Tosh answering a question

Tosh answering a question

Weiliang's turn to answer a question

Weiliang’s turn to answer a question

Putting on the 360 virtual reality glasses

Putting on the 360 virtual reality glasses

Fooling around with the glasses

Fooling around with the glasses

Taking selfies

Taking selfies

Posing for the media

Posing for the media

Having fun

Having fun

Media interview

Media interview

My own experience pretty much matches with the duo. The technology is interesting and has potential to power more dynamic live entertainment in the future. The quality of the concert video stream is not 4k standard, but acceptable, given that it was streamed live and in 360 virtual reality. Kudos to Starhub for taking the bold move to experiment with technology.

I spoke to an 18-year-old fan of Tosh Zhang, Jessica Lee, at the event. She was there to support the local star and managed to get a selfie with him.

“The 360 virtual reality concert gives an almost real concert experience, as if you are in the concert itself. It shows how technology has evolved, allowing us to catch a concert even if we are not physically there. There is a little lag with the stream, but still acceptable, given it is live.” Lee shared.

Somehow, I was hoping a Pokemon would pop out when I put on the 360 virtual reality glasses. No thanks to the current global Pokemon Go craze. Catching Pokemons in 360 virtual reality instead of just augmented reality? How cool that would be right?

Maybe Starhub might just be exploring this for their next 360 virtual reality project. 🙂