- Total project value: £3,438,497
- DCMS funding: £2,238,692
- Project location: South East
- Project Finished: 1st April 2022
Using a cutting edge, immersive platform that leverages high bandwidth and ultra-low latency 5G technology, audiences and artists will connect seamlessly across continents, driving new experiences from the home as well as major venues such as the Brighton Dome and the 02 Arena, using most advanced 5G facilities by Digital Catapult and Telefonica. For example a music fan in Edinburgh could experience their favorite artist live in LA, collaborating with another artist in London, all without having to leave their front room.
Jeremy Silver, CEO, Digital Catapult said:
As live performers have been totally prevented from working because of the Coronavirus, a lot of bright minds have been focused on how to create exciting alternative experiences for a virtual world. The result of this work was an exciting bid into the 5GCreate competition to produce a virtual festival that could offer 5G enabled experiences in which performers could reach audiences in an entirely new way. We’re thrilled now to be able to bring the 5G Festival to life, working with world leading venues, organisations and artists to push forward with the next evolution of entertainment.
5G Festival is a world first 5G powered, digital immersive hybrid festival experience. It will be a showcase of creative talent blended with the power of advanced digital technologies, and broadcast live directly to audiences at remote locations from world-leading venues, as well as producing novel immersive in-venue experiences.
- Led by Digital Catapult, the UK’s leading advanced digital technology centre and 5G specialist, 5G Festival brings together global music company Warner Music Group
- Renowned live arts venue and culture organisation Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival working with Brighton 5G testbed partner Wired Sussex
- telecommunications service provider and sponsor of The O2 and O2 Academy Venues
- pioneers in music production Metropolis Studios (audio mixing, production and venue)
- Sonosphere (immersive audio and live streaming)
- Audiotonix (audio mixing consoles and AoIP networking)
- innovative digital technology companies Mativision (5G, 360° immersive live streaming and distribution platform)
- LiveFrom (blockchain ticketing)
5G Festival will produce a 5G powered, virtual, live immersive collaboration platform for artists, enabling seamless production and performance from wherever they are, and enriching the festival experience for audiences at home and/or at the venue.
5G’s ability to transmit with low latency and in ultra-high bandwidth, alongside Mativision's network-ready 360° content distribution platform, will transform the ability of physically separate artists to produce immersive, live, collaborative performances across multiple venues.
The core 5G infrastructure is based on Digital Catapult’s 5G Testbed, which spans three sites across Brighton and London, and offers technologically complete end-to-end, standards compliant, commercial and open source network services, inter-connected with O2’s public 5G network. The O2 Lab will be developing the customer facing mobile application for the project.
5G Festival will help create a more diversified, sustainable live music industry, reaching new artists and audiences, helping to future-proof business models for venues and festivals adversely affected by global risks (such as coronavirus and climate change), and providing valuable, high-quality, immersive experiences to audiences wherever they are.
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The latest round up of the project to date can be viewed on the Digital Catapult's website here.
Organisations participating in this project
Creative Industries, Security
Digital CatapultDigital Catapult supports and promotes digital innovation and transformation to drive growth in the UK economy. Learn more...
Manufacturing & Automation, Telecommunications
TelefonicaTelefónica is a company that is aware of the new challenges posed by today’s society. This is why we offer the means to facilitate communication between people. Learn more...
Broadcasting & Media Technologies, Education
Mativision LimitedMativision are immersive content technology specialists. We have live-streamed major events to global auydiences of millions. We are valued partners with the UK Government and EU on R&D innovation projects, using VLIPP, our proprietary content platform to demonstrate emerging 5G's capabilities. Learn more...
WiredSussexWired Sussex is a Brighton-based membership organisation for companies and freelancers operating in the digital, media and technology sector in Sussex, UK. We work to help our members to create, innovate and grow. Learn more...
Brighton Dome & Brighton FestivalBDBF is the organisation responsible for curating and running the Grade 1 listed cultural venue (Brighton Dome) and the largest curated arts festival in England (Brighton Festival). Brighton Dome hosts the first 5G test-bed in an arts and cultural venue. Learn more...
AudiotonixAs a global player in the entertainment technology sector, Audiotonix is a market leader in the design, engineering and manufacture of professional audio mixing consoles and ancillary products. Learn more...
Warner Music GroupWith a legacy extending back over 200 years, Warner Music Group (WMG) today brings together artists, songwriters, and entrepreneurs that are moving entertainment culture across the globe. Learn more...
Metropolis StudiosOriginally built in 1901, The Power House was created to power the trams of West London before being decommissioned in the 1920s. It was redeveloped and launched as Metropolis Studios in 1989. Learn more...
Broadcasting & Media Technologies
SonosphereSonosphere is a collective of award-winning creative designers, composers, producers and live sound engineers, specialising in immersive audio content production and reproduction. Learn more...