Metaverse Festival Q&A
Festival coordinator Sam Hamilton answers common, and some not so common, questions about the forthcoming four-day music and culture extravaganza
Hey Sam, how are things? What can you tell us about the Metaverse Festival?
I’m currently running on fumes but I’m excited about this event. It’s going to be like nothing the community has seen before.
Basically, the Metaverse Festival is a four-day celebration of music, culture and creativity in the virtual social world of Decentraland. The theme is ‘Evolution’ and the festival itself evolves over the four days, beginning with Water, followed by Earth, then Space, and finally Metaverse.
When you say the festival evolves from Water to Earth, then to Space and finally Metaverse, what exactly does that mean?
This is our way of expressing human evolution – emerging from the water onto the land, reaching space and of course the next big leap which is pioneering exploration of the metaverse. The main Evolution stage, presented by Kraken, will reflect each of these themes on the different days, with some spectacular sets, animations and visuals.
What sorts of features can festival-goers expect over the four days?
We’ve got an incredible line-up of music artists from all over the world. We’ve got well known pop, electronic and indie artists but also a host of lesser known performers from the far reaches of the globe. Aside from the music, there are also games, merch stands, a VIP lounge, chill-out zones and, of course, the Dump ‘N’ Pumps.
Sorry, the what and what?
Dump ‘N’ Pump. Every festival needs portable toilets – even the metaverse. But these are no ordinary portable toilets. Every toilet contains a different experience. Some good, some bad, some mind blowing. Definitely worth your while checking them out.
How do festival-goers get to experience them?
They’ll just have to queue up like everyone else. But the toilets change with each visit. No two Dump ‘N’ Pump experiences are the same.
So, how do I get into the festival and get amongst the action on October 21?
You can either hit the ‘Join’ button in the top right hand corner of the festival home page or you can go to the Decentraland Events page and click on ‘Jump In’ in the event listing. On a purely practical level it will help to have the following three items:
Ideally a fairly new machine or one with a decent amount of power and a dedicated graphics card to handle the experience. This page has more useful computer hardware recommendations and tips.
Chrome is the recommended browser.
Sort of like your entry pass to Decentraland, a digital wallet also allows you to keep all your digital assets (such as NFTs, LAND, cryptocurrency) and in-world progress safe. And when you return to Decentraland, you just need to hit ‘connect’ and you’re in.
You can still enter Decentraland without a wallet, by signing in with your email address (via Fortmatic) or as a Guest, but you won’t have the chance to – for example – receive daily rewards and airdrops, trade in the Marketplace or log in with a different device using the same ID and avatar.
Learn how to get a wallet with our simple Beginners Guide.
What happens if I have technical issues?
These are entirely possible. For one thing, it’s a music festival. For another, it’s the metaverse. So, if you have technical issues or questions, hit up the Decentraland Foundation team on Discord. Alternatively, shoot us a message on Twitter.
Some of the common issues have to do with hardware acceleration, using an ad blocker or accessing the internet through a VPN. Hardware acceleration problems and how to fix them can be found here. And if you’re finding it difficult to establish a connection to Decentraland, try turning off your ad blocker and/or stop using a VPN to access the site.
How do I buy stuff at the festival, like merch and wearables?
There are merch stands situated on either side of the main stage (Evolution), but refer to the map just in case they move. Make sure you fund your wallet before you hit the festival site to ensure you snag the best swag.
How do I know when the artist I want to see is playing?
Keep an eye on the line-up page of the festival website. There will also be individual listings for the main acts on the Events page. You can add these to your calendar so you don’t miss any of the action.
Is Paris Hilton really going to appear at the festival?
Yes she is.
Who is the ‘special guest’?
You’re just going to have to wait and see. All will be revealed during her set.
What about additions to the line-up? Will there be more artist announcements?
Yes there will and no I’m not telling you who might be added at the last minute. That’s the beauty of the metaverse – you never know what you might find.