2020 has been a rough year for festivals and artists around the world. With postponements or outright cancellations coming in each week, music lovers from all genres are left without a good escape. But while physical festivals and shows are a no-go right now, digital entertainment through live streams and digital festivals have been in full gear to scratch that itch everyone desperately needs.
Where there is a need, there is a way and Room Service is stepping into the roll to fill that need. Presented by Trap Nation and Chill Nation, Room Service will not be your typical live stream. They are aiming to mimic the full festival feel with multi-channel streams to simulate different stages and multiple genres to provide a rounded-out experience. Featured headliners for this weekend will include Chromeo, Zeds Dead, Borgore, Yungblud, RAC, Mt. Joy, Griz, Big Gigantic, Eprom, and more!
This massive festival will be hosted by none other than star of Netflix’s Fyre, event producer, and poster child for “do whatever it takes”, Andy King. Since his Netflix debut, Andy has raised over $300,000 for people affected from Fyre Festival. Since announcing Andy as host, Room Service reached $15,000 in donations in the 24 hours of this announcement.
On top of providing a weekend packed full of huge names and amazing music, all proceeds will go directly to Sweet Relief and Feeding America which benefit those directly impacted by COVID-19. They are also partnering with Proximity which recent Twitch festival, Digital Mirage, saw 4.1M viewers and raised over $300,000 for Sweet Relief in three days.
“Room Service was created by a group of talented individuals with a collective philosophy, wanting to offer a positive environment in an uncertain time. Our primary goal is to raise money for those impacted through the recent cancellation of live events through our partnership with Sweet Relief. This would include everyone from small club staff to musicians & support crews unable to tour and are directly impacted by COVID-19. In addition, we have partnered with Feeding America who provides funding to food banks and is helping thousands in need throughout the country. Our followers and fans made an incredible impact with their generous actions during our recent Digital Mirage festival. Reaching millions of music fans, we hope to see the upcoming Room Service Music Festival grow that impact exponentially. We believe strongly that it is our duty to do good in the world.” Andre Benz, CEO & Founder of The Nations
Gaming computer hardware and peripheral company, Razer has also stepped up to the plate to give the best experience possible. Razer will provide the artists with everything from laptops to cameras for this digital festival to be the absolute best it can be.
“This is the first time we have focused our entire network on a singular action, to provide a moment of relief through charity and experience. The generosity and support of like-minded artists and entertainment professionals is amazing as we will have presented 6 days of live streaming to millions and millions of global music fans. Our partnerships with Sweet Relief, Feed America, Proximity, Cut + Sew, The Network Advisory and others have proved to be invaluable as the idea grew into these two events. “ Creighton Burke, President of The Nations
I have said it before, but this trend of digital festivals is only the beginning of a new era of music consumption. With massive online platforms like Trap Nation, Chill Nation, and Proximity breaking new ground, we are in the very infancy of a new golden age of online music streaming. While nothing can replace the physical festival experience, this new trend is a fantastic substitution. No more waiting in long bathroom lines, parking struggles, or expensive festival food and you still get to experience both the visual and audio bliss that our scene does best. I for one cannot wait to see what comes next.