NEWSFLASH: First Ever Live Concert In Second Life!!

by onder on 14/08/07 at 11:51 am

by Onder Skall

August 14, 2007 – 9:20PM – According to The Sydney Morning Herald, there’s going to be a concert performed by real professional musicians in Second Life. It’s going to be the very first time that has ever happened, and will change the Internets forever. Here’s an explanation of this completely original concept:

The Liverpool Philharmonic said audience members from across the world will "sit" in a three-dimensional virtual version of its home venue in the north-west England city and listen live as the real orchestra plays.

This thrilling, ground-breaking event is coming up on September 14th and will feature all of the hits the kids are crazy about these days from Rachmaninov, Ravel and contemporary Liverpool composers John McCabe and Kenneth Hesketh. The best part: audience members’ avatars will even be able to buy sweets and go to the toilet, just like at a real concert!

Obviously the event will be a media madhouse and demand to go to the first ever live concert in a virtual world will be monumental, so they’ve had to close access. If you’d like to win a chance to go, visit the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic website and register. Winners will be announced on September the 10th. Publication of the link to the webpage may create a mad rush so if the site is unavailable, please wait and try again.

(Special thanks to Tateru Nino for sending me the link!)

18 Responses to “NEWSFLASH: First Ever Live Concert In Second Life!!”

  1. urizenus

    Aug 14th, 2007

    Oh noes they didn’t!

    humph, I’m not going unless they serve bunny tartare. Rachmaninov, Ravel, and vore. At least *that* would be a genuine first.

    I think.

  2. Hiro Pendragon

    Aug 14th, 2007

    Erm … Suzanne Vega, a year ago, IVM, for The Infinite Mind radio show?

  3. Miss Information

    Aug 14th, 2007

    What’s next? Will avatars don suits of fur… lets call them “Befured” or “Furried” or something… and make sexual barking sounds like “Yip” or “yowp” or something when they have sex?

  4. FlipperPA Peregrine

    Aug 14th, 2007

    I can’t wait to hear Bolero – it is completely non-repetitive, exciting, and innovative.


    Apparently… they missed Astrin Few starting it, the 2005 SL Philly concert (held at a venue with free booze and admissions) that was the first time SL musicians were brought together, en masse, in RL at a venue, and the recent Trouble Everyday show!

    My better half says it perfectly here:



  5. FlipperPA Peregrine

    Aug 14th, 2007

    BTW – I’m about to found the first 3-D virtual world! Doesn’t this sound like a cool idea? ;)

  6. Observer

    Aug 15th, 2007

    This is hardly the first time this has been done. Quit sniffing glue.

  7. John Hurliman

    Aug 15th, 2007

    Obviously been done before countless times, but I will throw my hat in the pool here with the December 2006 Long Range concert which featured professional musicians at a live venue broadcasting to the metaverse just like everyone else has been doing for years:

  8. janeforyou Barbara

    Aug 15th, 2007

    Muse Isle had SMB- Shara Mac Band in 2006… i sold there album and i was the wery first in SL to buye it to! And we streamed LIVE to a lot of SIM :-)

  9. Doubledown Tandino

    Aug 15th, 2007

    Id rather listen to a skipping DVD of the Pet Shop Boys.

  10. Peter Stindberg

    Aug 15th, 2007

    Er… there’s live concerts of small and medium sized bands every other week in the Dublin sim.

  11. Paul

    Aug 15th, 2007


    Yes this is not the first time a virtual concert has been put on in Second Life with live musicians we do it all the time at


  12. Onder Skall

    Aug 15th, 2007

    I think my favorite part of this article is how many people don’t seem to understand that I’m obviously kidding. That’s pretty damn funny right there.

  13. Zorn

    Aug 15th, 2007

    Yet again, mainstream media blows it.

    The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra didn’t say they were putting on the first professional concert in SL. The website for the orchestra says “The RLPO will be the first professional orchestra in the world to perform in Second Life.”. Note they specificy ‘orchestra’.

    The Sydney Morning Herald didn’t bother to report the story accurately. Typical.

  14. Reg Baxter

    Aug 15th, 2007

    Posted by: Onder Skall
    I think my favorite part of this article is how many people don’t seem to understand that I’m obviously kidding. That’s pretty damn funny right there.

    Umm funny? hmmm, not really, you just come off as a complete uninformed moron, which i am sure is the case 99% of the time anyway. The aussie article on terrorists in SL proves that journalist don’t have a clue about Sl.
    Of course we now know you are not a journalist (or even a competent poster) just a idiot goof who’s article somehow got approved by the complacent Pix.

    If it was a clever or well written piece that showed any intelligence then maybe one would realize it was meant as sarcasm. It is worded though that you have to believe the author thought it was true and desperate to get the word out.

    I personally think (as do others i have talked with) that the author DID think what it was true and just after the fact reading the comments made the post about it being a joke to cover their ass.

    So bravo and Pix and the herald for approving total fabrications which are completely insulting to the many many professional musicians that do live shows on SL almost daily. This shows the herald just willing to let itself sink deeper in their own slime as long as it get hits and comments.

    I notice a later comment says “first professional **orchestra** in the world to perform in Second Life”. Now this may be true but Onder Skall did not report that and even if he meant to he later admits he was “obviously kidding” so no, he is just a moron.

  15. Blinders Off

    Aug 15th, 2007

    Onder, your article may have been intended as satire, but there was nothing in the article itself to indicate such. No wonder then that you received so many comments stating this is by far not the first time a live concert has been done on Second Life.

    Imho, SL Herald pages should be reserved for media and not practical jokes.

    Also Imho… it shows neither journalistic integrity nor confidence for the AUTHOR to moderate replies to his article rather than an editor or impartial mediary. Perhaps a little more professionalism might be shown in the future.

  16. urizenus

    Aug 15th, 2007

    Calm down blinders. Murdoch hasn’t bought the NYT yet, so you still have something to read.

    Anyway, I think most everyone above gets the joke. They are just giving examples to show how totally dumb that newspaper article was.

  17. poppypopthepopperwhopopsitlikeyouwishyoucouldpopit

    Aug 16th, 2007

    “Calm down blinders. Murdoch hasn’t bought the NYT yet, so you still have something to read.”

    Actually he has.


  18. Observer

    Aug 16th, 2007

    Posted by: Onder Skall
    I think my favorite part of this article is how many people don’t seem to understand that I’m obviously kidding. That’s pretty damn funny right there.

    Nope, in fact it’s something that I’ve come to expect from the Herald. Misinformation. It makes these articles and their moronic authors laughable. So, of course, my initial response was to point out you’re wrong…and frankly, I’m thinking you’re just saying this now that everyone has pointed it out.

    Nice try, though. Keep up the same usual incorrect work.

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