Virtual event, but not really virtual concert
But while the event itself proved to be wildly popular, not everyone was pleased with how it turned out.
And this isn’t surprising, given what Travis Concerts actually used to look like when they were done physically, at least according to the Travis Scott Netflix special, which shows us a lot of crazy scenes from footage taken from his various concerts over the years.
We’re talking about shirtless men gasping for air after running out. People moshing, crowd surfing, with ambulances and stretchers rushing to the scene to help. Travis splashing his fans with water and telling security to let them through.
Police officers coming on and arresting him for alleged incitement of riots when he was just performing on his show.
Well, his virtual concert was anything but crazy. Inside, what the organizers created was a separate tranquil island within the game, which had a theater and concert stage. That virtual environment was fine, but the experience itself couldn’t have been more different from an actual concert.
During the entire concert, a giant Travis avatar stood large over user avatars, teleporting around the map in a pre-recorded motion with pre-recorded shifting scenes, in the mood of his Astroworld album. At one point, users had to swim through an infinity ocean while Travis performed “Highest In The Room”.
Impressive scenery and visualization… but it was all pre-recorded. Users couldn’t change the experience or view it differently. Everyone saw the same thing — that’s not like a real concert where you experience things depending on where you are.