Google to capture live-streamed music festival with Pixel phones, Daydream VR

Stephanie Topacio Long
Digital Trends
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You won’t have to travel to all five locations — or even any of them — to attend Good and Google’s new five-city music festival this winter. The event, GoodFest, will be live-streamed on YouTube Live and Facebook Live, and Google’s Pixel and Daydream will share the experience as well.

The companies’ undertaking is a big one: bringing five shows to five cities — all while promoting five causes and highlighting global progress. Clearly, they’re determined, though; the events will kick off in New York City on November 29 (also known as Giving Tuesday), and then hop to New Orleans, Louisiana, on December 9; Seattle, Washington, on December 12; and then San Francisco and Los Angeles, California. So far, no dates have been announced for the final two shows.

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Even for the most die-hard music lovers, taking on a five-city music festival might be too much, but the live-stream options make it much more achievable. Daydream owners, in particular, will get an interesting experience, as they’ll be able to use VR technology to “attend.” Meanwhile, Google will show off Pixel’s low-light capabilities by capturing photos and behind-the-scenes content.

Attendees, virtual and otherwise, can expect each show to be unique. Every festival stop has a theme, such as generosity, humanity, or Earth. Fittingly, New York’s Giving Tuesday show will be generosity-themed, with all proceeds from ticket sales going toward public schools through DonorsChoose.org.

Performers change over the course of GoodFest, too. Preservation Hall and guest vocalist Shilpa Ray will open the New York show, and then Glass Animals will headline. In New Orleans, Gogol Bordello and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Nick Zinner will play together, and Seattle’s show will feature D.R.A.M. The remaining performers have not yet been named.

Google and Good have a lot of, well, good, stuff lined up for the music festival, and the technology will make it easy to watch it all or just catch up on the highlights. Tickets are available now at goodfest.live.