Billie Eilish Virtual Concert: Is This the New Blueprint for Live Streams?

Was the recent Billie Eilish virtual concert the blueprint for future XR live streaming events?

On Saturday night (October 24th), Billie Eilish performed a global virtual concert, Where Do We Go? The Livestream. Performing with Eilish was her singer-songwriter brother, FINNEAS, and touring drummer, Andrew Marshall. It was held at a studio in Los Angeles, using XR technologies to power the immersive interactive set.

Tickets to attend this pay-per-view livestream were priced at $30, providing full access to all interactive experiences. See the full set list below.

Entering the site prior to the show, one of the interactive rooms was a merch shop. It was set up as a 360-degree room with apparel and Eilish’s albums individually on display. This gave fans an opportunity to purchase exclusive merch and the Billie Eilish signature edition Fender ukulele. Part of the proceeds went to Crew Nation, a charity powered by the Music Forward Foundation supporting live concert crew members affected by event cancellations throughout the year.

The pre-show kicked off with special guests Lizzo, Alicia Keys, Jameela Jamil, and Steve Carrell, all of whom encouraged viewers to vote. Fans were provided with informative resources for voting in this year’s election, and the event was supported by various organizations such as Rock The Vote, Headcount, and Vote Save America.

Viewers were given a preview of Billie Eilish: The World’s A Little Blurry, an Apple Original documentary out February 2021. From there, Eilish lets her fans know it was time to start the show!

Eilish opened the set with “bury a friend,” showcasing exactly how large the stage was and where all the visual effects would be going down. With the stage powered by XR technology, connecting real and virtual environments, Eilish was able to transport viewers into different worlds for each song.

This wasn’t just a performance with a screen behind the artist. The digital effects were truly interactive with Eilish as she moved around the stage from any direction. The visual effects for some tracks placed her in settings parallel to the song’s music videos.

Fans were able to transport into another reality with “ilomilo” as the stage submerged the performers underwater as if they were standing atop bedrocks deep in the ocean. Surrounding them were various underwater specimens and cartoon creatures, ending the performance like the music video with a 3D shark approaching the screen.

In the “my future” music video, an animated version of Eilish is placed in an enchanted forest full of cartoon creatures in nature. The digital effects created an enchanting environment, with the animated creatures and trees interacting with Eilish, FINNEAS, and Andrew Marshall while performing.

Along with parallels to her music videos, there was also a parallel to Elish’s live tour performance.

Before Billie and FINNEAS performed “i love you,” she announced that the two had been working on a new album. As they began this track, the digital effects made it seem as if they were being lifted by a growing monolith in a starry-night sky. Fans were brought back to her performances in which the two were lifted on a floating bed, as fans would hold a light to act as stars in the sky.

Throughout the show, she continued to encourage her fans to vote and emphasized the importance for young people to engage in making a change.

Where Do We Go? The Livestream set list:

bury a friend

you should see me in a crown

ocean eyes

xanny

i love you

ilomilo

No Time To Die

when the party’s over

all the good girls go to hell

everything i wanted

my future

bad guy

19 Responses

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    Tiff

    I’ve been super interested by these livestream concerts and have been wondering if they are worth it or not. By the looks of this article Billie’s seems like it was, which is good to hear. Hopefully others follow her lead because I’ve been missing live music and think this would be a great option in the time being. Awesome review and great read!

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    Ashley

    I’ve been a bit Billie fan for a while but I even rolled my eyes at paying to see a concert on a screen instead of real life. How on earth could the performance be that engaging anyway? But hearing that she still did talk to her audience in this livestream format warms my heart, and makes me realize the reason we go to concerts isn’t only for the artists music, but to support them emotionally and financially. Thanks for the review!

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    Yassi

    I heard about this livestream event and was honestly not sure if I would enjoy it virtually. After reading about Billie’s livestream performance, I was happy to hear about the amazing effects used and how Billie was engaging with her fans about important issues. It sounded like an amazing time. Great review!

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      Posers Exposed

      We watch entertainers to be entertainment not lectured. What could she really say that anyone would want to hear? Is she going to tell us how to fake and lie our way to stardom?
      Start a church and get the fuck out of our business!

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      Eww

      Welcome to the bubble of everything and why TALENTLESS kids become legends

      Bubbles pop real value will be exposed

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        Thadius

        Your comment is a perfect example of the talentless reviewing talent.

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      Tiff

      Uh anonymous, not a bot my friend. Billie has shown that live-streams can actually be interesting and fun experiences. A lot of the livestreams I’ve viewed in the past didn’t have the production value as this seemed to, so Billie really changed the game here.
      A bunch of y’all in the comments need to relax about this livestream. We are r posers or bots, we’re not young or stupid. We’re trying to enjoy live music again and for now live-streams are our best option. Billie made it into a whole production, she made it feel more like a concert, which as I mentioned before, wasn’t achieved by artists in other live-streams I’ve watched.

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    Is it over yet

    It highlighted her lack of talent. she looks really sad emotionless “singing”
    Better to keep some of these entertainers off pre recorded livestreaming.
    She makes Tiffany look like Whitney Houston
    This will hurt her brand and the labels “credibility”

    Cringe

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    Kirk

    “you’re” – using the ‘ makes is a contraction of the words ‘you’ and ‘are’

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    Anonymous

    The profanity and cruelty of some of these comments is unacceptable. The writer and/or poster of this article is irresponsible and negligent to not monitor, moderate, or filter some other public posts that children can read.

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    Anonymous

    The profanity and cruelty of some of these comments is unacceptable. The writer and/or poster of this article is irresponsible and negligent to not monitor, moderate, or filter some *of these public posts that children can read.