Quick work, Fortnite. Last week we reported on the addition of a ‘Main Stage’ music venue to the game in its new Party Royale mode, and speculated that it could be used for live performances and DJ sets.
On Friday night, Diplo rocked up to play a Major Lazer set, giving us the first glimpse at how those performances will work. The event saw video footage of Diplo and his mixing desk (edited to include backing dancers and graphics) broadcast on the venue’s big screen as the music played.
The live set on Friday night was followed by a rebroadcast on Saturday for people who missed it first time round, following the pattern laid down by Travis Scott’s recent set of performances.
You can watch the full set on YouTube, via Major Lazer’s own channel. The event didn’t answer some of our lingering questions around rights and royalties for these kinds of performances, although a DJ set of your own band’s music is, one would think, on slightly safer ground (publishers and collecting societies may have some caveats with that).