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Coachella Weekend 2 To Live Stream Using 360-Degree Video


You may have joined us last weekend for our live stream of Coachella, if for some odd reason you were unable to travel to California for the music festival. Well, it looks like YouTube wants to up the ante now.

The video service announced earlier this week that various sets from Coachella’s upcoming second weekend will be shot and aired live with 360-degree video. This will be the first time YouTube will stream a live event using this technology.

YouTube used 360-degree video for some of last weekend’s festivities, including footage of concertgoers waiting at the gates, the “Yuma tent”, and the “Sahara experience”. These were all uploaded as short clips onto the Coachella YouTube page.

YouTube also plans to include spatial audio features for the second weekend. This will broadcast audio at different levels based on the proximity and the volume of the source. There isn’t an official schedule yet, but the first live concert available in 360-degree video and spatial audio will be Dawn Richard’s (formerly of Danity Kane) set on Wednesday at 8 p.m. Other sets that can be seen and heard with this new technology include Run the Jewels, The Kills and Matt and Kim.

The MTV Movie Awards also used 360-degree video for certain segments. The Rock and Kevin Hart were captured performing a musical number about Leo DiCaprio and the bear from The Revenant with the 360 technology. But it was perhaps better used for the final award of the night, as fans lifted their lightsabers to toast Star Wars: The Force Awakens winning Movie Of The Year.

Approximately one year since YouTube’s started supporting 360-degree videos, this premiere of 360-degree live streaming should prove to be game-changing. We’re just that much closer to actually attending concerts from our couches.