Oculus Venues Kicks Off VR Concert Series With Live From Red RocksNathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Chromeo, Everclear and more are slated to appear on the Oculus Venues service over the summer. And Paramore’s Hayley William opens up about her depression
Oculus announced the launch of a new virtual reality concert experience called Oculus Venues, which debuted with a performance by Vance Joy last Wednesday (May 30), and was broadcast live from Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre.
Oculus Venues is now available for Oculus Go and Gear VR, while the company touts it in a press release as “a way to get closer to your interests and connect with other fans, with all the sounds, lights, and energy of really being there.”
Not only will fans be able to watch concerts in real time from the comfort of their living rooms, but Oculus Venues will also include sports games, comedy shows, movies, and more.
When using the Oculus Venues service, you will be able to toggle between a social sharing mode and a solo-viewing mode, meaning that in addition to attending Oculus Venues events with friends and family, there is also an opportunity to meet new people.
Social sharing mode allows one to easily connect with others based on shared interests or mutual friends on Facebook.
The company says community moderators will be on-hand at all times during Oculus Venues events, ensuring that users can block, mute, or report others who are hindering their experience or violating the Oculus Code of Conduct.
The lineup of available events will continue to grow in the coming months, and Oculus is encouraging that fans reach out to suggest potential events through their Twitter feed.
See the current Oculus Venues summer schedule at the bottom of this post.
Hayley Williams Reflects on Mental Health: ‘Depression Is Torment’
While Paramore’s fifth and most recent studio album After Laughter is, on the surface, a sonic rainbow of modernized new wave, further inspection of the lyrics prove that it’s often far from cheery.
Just a year after its release, frontwoman Hayley Williams got candid about her “life with After Laughter” and struggles with mental health in a personal essay for PAPER published last Wednesday (May 30).
“In the summer of 2015, I was an engaged, yellow-haired 26-year-old,” Williams opened the essay.
“There was a Grammy sitting on my kitchen counter, and boxes everywhere from the move I’d made back home to Nashville after a few weird years in LA.
I was going to get married that September, slow down some, plant a garden, have a kid, make another Paramore record. Everything was finally going to be perfect, and I was going to live happily ever afte…Oh.”
“I didn’t eat, I didn’t sleep, I didn’t laugh… for a long time.” – Hayley Williams
Dedicated fans might already be familiar with the whirlwind of events that followed, which Williams described feeling like a piano falling through her ceiling, and crashing on top of her.
Williams’ failed marriage to New Found Glory frontman Chad Gilbert and the surprise departure of longtime bandmate Jeremy Davis helped bring out a darker version of Williams, who wrote music that sounded “like someone dead in the eyes.”
“I didn’t eat; I didn’t sleep, I didn’t laugh; for a long time,” Williams explained. “I’m still hesitant to call it depression. Mostly out of fear people will put it in a headline, as if depression is unique and interesting and deserves a click. Psychology is interesting. Depression is torment.”
But just like the weather faux-forecasted in Paramore’s satirical “Rose-Colored Boy” video, it appears life is feeling a bit sunnier for Williams lately, and she credits the songwriting process for keeping her alive.
“Expression is survival,” she demanded.
“You can do it however you please. Write, draw, create something with your hands. Tell somebody you love them. Take a drive, roll down your windows and yell something like, ‘MY LIFE IS SO SHIT RIGHT NOW!’ Or, ‘WHAT DO YOU KNOW? I’M ACTUALLY FINE TODAY!’ These are just things to try if the crying, and dancing doesn’t work.”
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Oculus Venues summer schedule:
June 4 – School Night! Live from Hollywood – 8:00 pm PT
June 6 – MLB: Arizona Diamondbacks @ San Francisco Giants – 12:45 pm PT
June 7 – Gotham Comedy Live – 7:00 pm PT
June 9 – Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats and The Head And The Heart – 3:55 pm PT
June 11 – School Night! Live from Hollywood – 8:00 pm PT
June 13 – MLB: Los Angeles Angels @ Seattle Mariners – 1:10 pm PT
June 14 – Gotham Comedy Live – 7:00 pm PT
June 15 – Chromeo – 6:50 pm PT
June 18 – School Night! Live from Hollywood – 8:00 pm PT
June 20 – MLB: Atlanta Braves @ Toronto Blue Jays – 9:37 am PT
June 21 – Gotham Comedy Live – 7:00 pm PT
June 22 – Everclear – 10:00 pm PT
June 25 – School Night! Live from Hollywood – 8:00 pm PT
June 27 – MLB: Kansas City Royals @ Milwaukee Brewers – 11:10 am PT
June 28 – Gotham Comedy Live – 7:00 pm PT
July 2 – School Night! Live from Hollywood – 8:00 pm PT
July 5 – Gotham Comedy Live – 7:00 pm PT
July 9 – School Night! Live from Hollywood – 8:00 pm PT
July 12 – Gotham Comedy Live – 7:00 pm PT
July 16 – School Night! Live from Hollywood – 8:00 pm PT
July 19 – Gotham Comedy Live – 7:00 pm PT
July 23 – School Night! Live from Hollywood – 8:00 pm PT
July 25 – International Champions Cup: Manchester United v AC Milan – 8:00 pm PT
July 26 – Gotham Comedy Live – 7:00 pm PT
July 28 – International Champions Cup: FC Barcelona v Tottenham Hotspur – 8:00 pm PT
July 30 – School Night! Live from Hollywood – 8:00 pm PT
Aug. 2 – Gotham Comedy Live – 7:00 pm PT
Aug. 3 – Lionsgate Presents: Reservoir Dogs – 7:00 pm PT
Aug. 5 – Lionsgate Presents: Sinister – 7:00 pm PT
Aug. 6 – School Night! Live from Hollywood – 8:00 pm PT
Aug. 9 – Gotham Comedy Live – 7:00 pm PT
Aug. 13 – School Night! Live from Hollywood – 8:00 pm PT
Aug. 19 – Lionsgate Presents: Apocalypse Now – 7:00 pm PT
Aug. 20 – School Night! Live from Hollywood – 8:00 pm PT
Aug. 26 – Lionsgate Presents: National Lampoon’s Van Wilder – 7:00 pm PT
Aug. 27 – School Night! Live from Hollywood – 8:00 pm PT