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#FMTrends: Holograms The Concerts Of The Future

#FMTrends: Holograms The Concerts Of The Future



The Concerts Of The Future

Every music fan recognizes that the industry has changed a great deal over time. Mostly this is true in two ways: genres have come and gone, and our methods of consumption have shifted. We’ve moved from jazz to blues to rock to hip-hop to EDM (with some twists and variations mixed in of course), and we’ve gone from records to tapes to CDs to downloads to streaming. Through it all though, the ways in which we consume live music have remained largely unchanged. There’s just something about the concert format that has worked no matter what else is going on in the industry. 


This probably isn’t going to change in a major way anytime soon, so don’t take this article as a suggestion that conventional concerts are going the way of the dodo. However, there are some indications that we could start to see different types of concerts mixed in, probably in the near future. 

The Hologram Concept

It’s been a few years now since the relative uproar over the idea of a Tupac hologram performing a concert. More recently we saw similar concerns about the same idea with Prince. However, while hologram concerts haven’t taken off, and are frequently criticized as concepts, the idea hasn’t gone away entirely. We’re still talking about the idea of deceased musicians coming back to life through holographic technology, from Tupac to metal singer Ronnie James Dio. (Note that sci-fi enthusiasts and tech experts will gripe that the musician renderings aren’t technically “holograms,” but for all intents and purposes, this is the idea.) It certainly appears that we’ll at least be seeing a few more options here and there as far as holographic performers go.

Streamed Performers
The idea of streaming a live event is nothing revolutionary, but here we’re not talking about simply logging onto YouTube TV to catch a basketball game or something of the like. Actually, the closest parallel might be in online gaming, where the chance to experience real-life dealers has changed digital poker. This speaks to the idea not of watching an ordinary televised event but of tuning in to a single performer working for a specific audience for a set period of time. And when you factor in VR (another way for online casinos to make the experience more realistic), you can start to see the potential. Just as card players can look at live dealers in real time, as if they’re right across the table, music lovers could look through screens or VR goggles at their favorite artists – like they’re right in the front row. 

Sphere Shows
This is something fewer people seem to have heard of, but it might actually be the most exciting change of all, and it could ultimately be the most important also. James Dolan, the much-maligned owner of the New York Knicks (and Madison Square Garden) happens to be a music lover and is opening a high-tech concert arena called the Sphere in Las Vegas. It’s basically a building that’s literally spherical, where a combination of high-tech sound amplification and WiFi in each seat is expected to revolutionize the concert-going experience. Basically, every seat in the house will get optimal sound, and guests will be able to share updates and chronicle the experience with new efficiency. Dolan and his partners hope for the Sphere to catch on as a new style of concert venue that can be replicated both in big cities and on a smaller scale. It’s hard to tell exactly what it will be like, but the idea is intriguing, to say the least!


Written by: David Williams 


Khadira Savage

May 17th, 2018

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