With the explosion of music festivals over the past decade, it was only a matter of time before someone swooped in and created a festival catered to music fans and gamers alike. Metarama Gaming + Music Festival has answered the call and entered the live entertainment landscape.
Taking place at the Las Vegas Festival Grounds on Oct. 19-20, Metarama goes beyond the usual festival motions and puts forth a multifaceted package that combines music, comedy, gaming, and more.
Music and game festivals have existed, but not quite on this level. Perhaps capitalizing on the Marshmello “Fortnite” gig that amassed 10 million virtual attendees, the man in the marshmallow headpiece is headlining Metarama. The rest of the lineup follows Marshmello’s mainstream EDM pop sound. Meanwhile, other artists on the roster don’t stray too far from electronic or rap.
For instance, Logic, Snoop Dogg, Lil Yachty, and Witt Lowry hold it down for rap fans. EDM artists include DJs Alan Walker, Cray, JVN, and DJ Diesel (yes, Shaq). Violinist Lindsey Stirling, Lemaitre, Grouplove, and Japanese singer Kyary Pamyu Pamyu will also perform. Plus, Imagine Dragons will appear, but only to pick up the sticks with gaming fans.
Furthermore, Metarama boasts a top-tier lineup when it comes to Twitch personalities, “Fortnite” players, and YouTube stars. Ninja, Jacksepticeye, Sodapoppin, Pokimane, Nick Eh 30, DrLupo, Valkyrae, Rhett & Link, and BasicallyIDoWrk will all make appearances at the epic event.
Catering to Gamers
There is no confusion as to who Metarama is catering to: This is a festival for gamers. The music almost takes a backseat to everything, like it’s an addendum to all the other things to do at the festival.
While jams are rocking Metarama’s two stages, attendees can check out a wealth of gaming options. The Streamer Zone, for example, allows you to play games with your favorite streamer. For players who want to amp up the stakes and compete, Metarama is hosting a huge amateur LAN tournament.
Moreover, the festival features exhibition matches between Philadelphia Fusion and Seoul Dynasty, and Guangzhou Charge and the San Francisco Shock.
Beyond all that, Metarama is pretty much one huge arcade. The festival grounds will boast a retro arcade, a tabletop gaming area, an esports car racing tent, and a freeplay zone where attendees can play fully-loaded consoles and computers. Plus, a drone racing competition will take place in a three-dimensional LED obstacle course, and those who are looking to immerse themselves in the game can enjoy a VR experience area.
The Price Is Right
Most festivals these days require you to take out a small loan to attend. Surprisingly, Metarama admission is relatively reasonable, coming in at $150 for a two-day general admission pass. VIP upgrades, of course, will run you more, but you can do a lot worse for a weekend in Vegas.
For more information on Metarama, check out the official site.