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October 31st, 2023
Coming into 2024, VR concerts are becoming hot again. Companies are raising tens of millions of dollars to bring VR concerts to the masses, and with the introduction of color passthrough in the Meta Quest 3, we might start to see some more experimental mixed reality concert apps. It’s an exciting future, and I’ll keep updating this post if anything new comes along.
12 VR Concert Apps
1. Beat Saber
Surprise surprise, many people have heard of Beat Saber, but not many people know how awesome it is as a VR concert app.
In order to turn Beat Saber into a VR concert app, you need to turn on “Zen mode.” This will remove all cubes, walls and bombs from the map and you get to experience the lightshow and music. And Beat Saber has some beautiful light shows in VR. It’s a marvel to watch:
And trust me, this looks and feels wayyy better in VR.
Alternatively, you can also turn on PC mods, and there are various concert mods you can get. Here’s one of the most beautiful maps:
AmazeVR is the future on concerts. They have some black magic 3D VR cameras that can capture ultra realistic videos of popular artists like aespa (if you like K-Pop) or Megan Thee Stallion.
In terms of production value, nothing comes close to AmazeVR. However, their pricing can be very expensive, and they only offer a small selection of artists. Still, this is the best VR concert I’ve ever experienced and I definitely recommend it!
By far, one of the better apps for watching VR concerts is YouTube. While watching a concert live on YouTube is somewhat rare, it is the platform where you will be able to find most recordings of previous events. Another thing that is worth pointing out for YouTube is that you can experience VR concerts with it no matter what kind of headset you own.
Here are a couple of amazing concerts that you can check out:
Horizon Venues (only available on Oculus devices) holds a plethora of events from sporting shows, tours/excursions and of course, concerts.
All different kinds of bands play in Horizon Venues ranging from small indie bands to household names. Most recently, Foo Fighters was playing there, although due to the influx of people, many had a hard time attending. Hopefully they fix this in the future.
If you ever find yourself sold out on tickets in person, do not worry, as you will be able to catch them live with ConcertVR. This app is available on both AppStore and GooglePlay, and it offers both live and on-demand concerts. There are multiple camera angles available along with 360° Videos that provide a full concert-length experience.
6. CEEK Virtual Reality
If you were looking to transform your phone into a venue for a VR concert arena, then CEEK Virtual Reality can help you do that. It offers 360 VR videos along with a few other formats like 180 VR and True 3D. With this app, you will not only be able to experience the concert but also the backstage and all access interviews.
7. Noys VR
One of the better apps that lets musicians connect with their fans through virtual reality is Noys VR. At the same time, most apps focus on replicating an already existing concert in 360 to VR, Noys VR creates concerts that are native to virtual reality, which provides a phenomenal experience.
If you want to join a concert in augmented reality over your phone, you can do that with the #BeApp. You will be getting a front-row seat with the perfect view, and in case you happen to miss the event the day it was live, you can usually catch it on a rerun within the next 24 hours.
While the apps before this one focused on concerts that feature artists in their true form, Stageverse spices things up a bit by enhancing the word virtual in virtual reality.
It does this by making every concert that occurs within this app completely animated.
Although you are able to attend all kinds of concerts in Stageverse, the main focus of the app is to serve as a Metaverse where you can connect with other people.
An app that almost did not make it to the list is VRChat, and that is because the main focus is certainly not on concerts. It is an app where you can access thousands of different rooms where you can play games, relax, and even watch some TV shows and movies.
However, because it is one of the most popular VR apps, a lot of musicians are holding concerts on VRChat. This is especially the case for DJ sets, as the clubbing scene in VRChat is gaining rapid popularity.
11. HOP STEP SING! FAN CLUB
One of the few groups currently dedicated to making VR concerts – aimed at anime fans.
12. Altdeus: Beyond Chronos
Technically a story-driven game, but has one of the most spectactular anime concerts I have ever seen. It completely blew me away. If you’re into good stories as well as concerts – this is an awesome experience unlike any other. Unfortunately, there’s only 2 concerts throughout the whole story.
How to attend concerts in VR
For VRChat concerts, TubeVR is one of the biggest organizers of events, and you can check out their discord for all the necessary information: discord.gg/tube-vr
They also have an incredible video on how you can join their VRChat events: