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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Forever Festival Will Showcase 200+ 'Live Digital Concerts'

Posted By on Tue, Jul 30, 2013 at 11:39 AM

Bob Weir
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Beginning Aug. 4, "Earth’s first live digital music festival" will showcase more than 200 bands at venues around the world. And fans can tune in (for free and/or pay-per-view) for seven days of tunes without even leaving the couch.

The first-ever Forever Festival will be headline by Bob Weir and Kings of Leon (the latter being directed onstage by Fred Armisen). Other artists will include Slayer, Anthrax, Mos Def, Lamb of God, SBTRKT and many more. The official lineup is expected to be released online shortly.

Many fans and industry insider types foresee more events like this down the road. And plenty of bands are already capitalizing on the convenience of tuning in from home.

"Couch tour" is a burgeoning phenomenon among digital-savvy bands and their fan bases. Phish is the eminent example here (and their Aug. 4 show will be a part of Forever Fest). Last weekend, the band played two stellar shows at The Gorge in central Washington state. In a few days, they'll stream their three-night run at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco. Fans stuck on the couch and off the road will tune for $15 a pop, and the shows, thousands of miles away, will turn into a party in homes across the world.

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