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Samsung, Live Nation, to Stream Coldplay Live in Virtual Reality

Published:Thursday | August 17, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Coldplay members (from left) Will Champion, Guy Berryman, Chris Martin and Jonny Buckland.
Coldplay (from left), Will Champion, Guy Berryman Jonny Buckland and Chris Martin.
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Today, fans across more than 50 countries can tune in to the Live VR broadcast of 'A Head Full of Dreams Tour' from Soldier Field via Samsung Gear VR.

Samsung Electronics America and Live Nation, will broadcast Coldplay's tour live in virtual reality from Chicago's Soldier Field for the first time ever. Fans around the world will be transported to the best seats in the house to experience the band's electrifying performance from a totally new and immersive perspective. The live broadcast will be available on Samsung Gear VR, powered by Oculus through the Samsung VR service, starting at 8:30 p.m. CT.

From the pyrotechnics to the laser lights and the phenomenal setlist, Gear VR users in more than 50 countries will be able to experience the magic of Coldplay's performance at no additional cost. To tune in, consumers will need a Gear VR headset with a compatible Samsung smartphone, and navigate to the Samsung VR service. A concert replay will also be available on Samsung VR for a limited time.

 

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"Through our industry-leading VR hardware and platform ecosystem, we are thrilled to offer Samsung Gear VR owners access to premium, immersive live entertainment and experiences in full 360," said Michael Schmier, vice-president of content and services, Samsung Electronics America. "By partnering with Live Nation and Coldplay, music fans across the globe with Gear VR can tune in to the live concert, experiencing the energy of the show like never before."

"Live Nation is a trailblazer when it comes to producing live virtual reality concerts, and we've been excited to bring Coldplay into the mix since announcing our collaboration with Samsung and Gear VR in late May," said Kevin Chernett, executive vice-president, global partnerships and content distribution, Live Nation. "We not only give fans the best in-seat experience, but we're also committed to working with the best technologies to provide every music fan an extraordinary concert experience, regardless of where they are."

Coldplay's A Head Full Of Dreams Tour, produced by Live Nation, is the number fifth-highest grossing tour of all time, according to ticket sales data reported to Billboard Boxscore. A Head Full of Dreams is Coldplay's seventh album and the follow-up to 2014's Grammy nominated Ghost Stories.