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Party with DJ Martin Garrix, Rita Ora and more at Hydeout: The Prelude

The new virtual music festival promises immersive, on-demand performances from music’s biggest stars, online games, and more.

Time Out Singapore in partnership with Hydeout: The Prelude
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Live performances are the beating heart of music, uniting creators and fans in euphoric moments on the world’s greatest stages. So it’s no secret that artists and fans have been struggling while the industry’s been put on ice.

This month, the hotly anticipated Hydeout: The Prelude offers a glimpse into the future of the festival experience, taking the fun online and into your home.

Set to be one of the biggest digital parties around, fans can escape in immersive, virtual worlds and tune into over 40 artist episodes, delving into the backstory of an artist before broadcasting a spellbinding performance on one of 20 distinct 3D stages rendered in futuristic urban playgrounds and chill, tropical landscapes. Gracing the digital podiums are some of the biggest names in the business – from progressive house DJ Nicky Romero to hip-hop sensation Wiz Khalifa and pop singer Rita Ora.

Photograph: Courtesy of Hydeout: The Prelude | Rita Ora

On March 5, Hydeout: The Prelude is airing four new episodes – including the premier performance of big room house DJ Martin Garrix. It’s also giving away two Season Passes (each worth US$49.90), which grant full access to on-demand episodes, fresh weekly content, avatar customisations, online games and chatrooms.

For your chance to win, simply follow the brand's Instagram page @hydeoutworld, tag a friend, and comment which Martin Garrix track you’d like to hear during his episode premiere. Hurry, because contest ends soon, click here to enter now.

Read on for a rundown of five performances not to miss at Hydeout: The Prelude.

Photograph: Courtesy of Hydeout: The Prelude

Martin Garrix
Episode premiere: March 5

Just 17 when breakthrough hit Animals stormed the charts, the Dutch producer has since propelling himself into the upper echelons of big room house and EDM, sharing festival bills with Tiësto and collaborating with pop royalty like Dua Lipa and Khalid. Catch his performance on his own exclusive stage, The Sanctum. 

Wiz Khalifa
Episode premiere: March 19

One of the most influential rappers of the past decade, the Pittsburgh native’s bars flows effortlessly between stoner rap, melodic hip-hop and trap. That lyrical dexterity has shot him to the top of the game, and his exclusive performance at Hydeout: The Prelude adds some urban cred to the star-studded, multi-genre lineup.

Charli XCX
Episode premiere: April

Expect the Boys singer to deliver her beat-heavy pop hits with trademark energy and enthusiasm on the Hydeout Worlds Virtual Stage, which will be lit up as colourfully as her creative music videos. Tracks from 2020’s lockdown masterpiece, How I’m Feeling Now, will hit all the harder during this COVID-19-era virtual performance. 

Alison Wonderland
Episode premiere: April

Having made her name first in her native Australia before quickly establishing herself as an EDM mainstay on global airwaves, DJ and singer Alison Wonderland brings her melodic trap and dance-pop bangers to what will certainly be an exciting performance at Hydeout: The Prelude.

Bohan Phoenix
Episode premiere: April

China-born and US-bred, Bohan Phoenix peppers his bilingual verses with insights that cross cultures. He’s since ingratiated himself into China’s fast-growing hip-hop scene, collaborating with the likes of Chengdu hip-hop collective Higher Brothers, and continues to entertain with bombastic live performances.

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