2-D, Russel, Murdoc, and Noodle are back and bigger than ever.
Ahead of the release of their 8th studio album entitled Cracker Island, the virtual band Gorillaz will perform an augmented reality (AR) concert in New York City and London during which the band members will appear as enormous, skyscraper-sized virtual avatars.
The event will take place this weekend and will be accessible via the Gorillaz Presents app available free on iOS and Android. The Grammy award-winning group will perform their new single “Skinny Ape” at Times Square in NYC at 2:30 pm ET on December 17th and in Piccadilly Circus at 2:00 pm GMT on December 18th.
The location-based AR experience is powered by Google’s ARCore Geospatial API, which allows developers to tether digital content to real-world locations covered by Google Street View. This musical AR event will blend virtual elements with reality, immersing spectators in a unique mixed reality experience.
This isn’t the first time the fictional band has experimented with immersive technology. Back in April 2017, Gorillaz launched their own mixed reality app that offered fans an interactive tour of their “unique” estate. Prior to that, the group released a 360-degree music video for their song “Saturnz Barz.”
Those lucky enough to find themselves in NYC or London this weekend can download the Gorillaz Presents app for free via the App Store and Google Play. After the “live” performance, you can watch the show in-app any time you’d like.
Image Credit: Google x Gorillaz