Testbeds & trials

5G Festival

  • Started on 1 Aug 2020

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  • Total project value: £3,438,497
  • DCMS funding: £2,238,692
  • Project location: South East

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.

People involved in this project

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  • Paul Childs
    Comms - 5G Festival
    Digital Catapult
  • Tom Shenstone
    Head of the Lab
  • Anthony Karydis
    Managing Director
    Mativision Limited

    Anthony Karydis (BSc, Electronic Engineering, University of Sussex, MSc, Aeronautics, Cranfield), founder and Managing Director of London-based Mativision Limited, has 30 years of working experience including developing software for fighter aircraft simulators in France, managing multi-national European R&D projects, lecturing on Digital Media related subjects at University level and managing high-tech companies. He invented “Mativision” end-to-end technology for production & distribution of interactive 360-video and VR/MR experiences. In 2016, Mativision executed the world’s first live stream of a live surgical operation and then launched VLIPPmed, a global VR- content distribution platform for Medical Training. He is a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society, holding its highest distinction of Accredited Senior Imaging Scientist (ASIS/FRPS), Senior Associate of the Royal Society of Medicine, member of the Royal Television Society and has a passion for cats, Jazz & blues music, electric guitars and vintage UK and Japanese motorcycles.


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