On Thursday, August 17th, the Coldplay “A Head Full of Dreams” tour will roll into Chicago’s Soldier Field. No matter what you think about the band, I think we can all agree that they’ll put on a better show than anything we’ll see from the Chicago Bears this year (for those not familiar, the Bears play their home games at Soldier Field, and are likely going to be awful this year). Coldplay is selling out huge venues around the world on this tour, but you can watch them live and in VR. Samsung and Live Nation have partnered to provide fans with a virtual reality experience featuring Coldplay.
Fans watching from home won’t need a ticket, won’t have to pay $10 for a beer, won’t be stuck in some sort of smoke cloud for the entirety of the concert, and maybe most importantly, won’t have to deal with the parking situation at Soldier Field for the evening! All you’ll need to get started are a Gear VR headset and a compatible Samsung phone. You’ll just have to navigate to the Samsung VR service. If you happen to miss the show live, a replay will be available for a limited time on the Samsung VR service.
The concert will be available for streaming in over 50 countries, and you can see if your country made the list at the very bottom of this article.
You can check out the promo video for the event below, and then the full press release just below that.
FULL PRESS RELEASE
Samsung and Live Nation Team-Up to Stream Coldplay Live in Virtual Reality
On August 17 Fans Across 50+ Countries Can Tune-in to the Live VR Broadcast of “A Head Full of Dreams Tour” from Soldier Field via Samsung Gear VR
MOUNTAIN VIEW, CALIF., AUGUST 9, 2017 – Samsung Electronics America, Inc. and Live Nation will broadcast Coldplay’s “A Head Full of Dreams 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 on August 17, starting at 8:30 pm 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.
“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 No. 5 highest grossing tour of all time, according to ticket sales data reported to Billboard Boxscore. Launching in March of 2016, 5 million tickets have been sold around the world for the “A Head Full of Dreams Tour.”
A Head Full of Dreams is Coldplay’s seventh album and the follow-up to 2014’s GRAMMY®-nominated Ghost Stories.
Available to watch in the countries below:
- North America:
- South America:
- Dominican Republic
- United Kingdom
- Asia Pacific:
- Hong Kong
- New Zealand
- Middle East/Africa:
- Saudi Arabia
- Republic of South Africa