Virtual Event Space group Open Pit, alongside American rock band Anamanaguchi, have announced Nether Meant, a music festival in aid of coronavirus relief efforts. The festival will feature performances American Football, Anamanaguchi, Baths, HANA, and more. It will also take place entirely within the video game Minecraft – attendees can watch from within the game, or via a Twitch stream.
The event takes place at 6 PM eastern time on 11 April. Proceeds from VIP passes will be going to relief organisation Good360’s COVID-19 fund.
The name of the festival combines the name of the opening track from American Football’s first album, Never Meant, with the name of Minecraft’s alternate, hellish dimension, the Nether. The event itself will take place in the Elsewither, which is based on the Brooklyn venue Elsewhere, which worked with the Open Pit team to create this space.
In a statement about the concert, American Football’s Mike Kinsella said: “I’m looking forward to (finally) being able to prove to my 7-year-old son that I do, indeed, have a job.”
The event is the latest twist on the live-streamed concert format, which has seen a surge in popularity following the cancellation of countless tours and festivals due to the coronavirus pandemic.