NOYS VR is a social VR platform for live music performances, by a Hamburg, Germany-based startup, and based on the Unreal game engine.
According to their website, they describe their project as follows:
INTERACTIVE MUSIC EXPERIENCES IN VR
The social platform for music experiences and concerts, native to virtual reality.
NOYS VR is a new way to connect musicians with their fans and listeners. Instead of replicating an already existing concert in 360 [degrees], we co-create concerts natively to virtual reality! Enabling everyone to have fantastic and never before seen music experiences.
Fans have complete freedom of movement, are able to meet like-minded [people] from all over the world and experience their favorite artists close up.
Last year, NOYS VR hosted a virtual edition of the Elbjazz Festival, the real-life version of which takes place at the harbourfront in Hamburg, Germany:
Among the musical artists who have performed in NOYS VR so far are rock band Ripe & Ruin, Swedish pianist Martin Tingwall, the Michael Wollny Trio jazz group. More recently, NOYS VR hosted a July 22nd, 2021 concert by Emily Roberts and HE/RO:
NOYS VR is currently available for the Oculus Rift VR headset, and Oculus Quest users can sign up to be a beta-test user. I also stumbled across an application for HTC Vive users to sign up to be a beta tester, so I assume that NOYS VR will launch on Steam at some point (and I would love to be able to test it out in my Valve Index headset!).
For further information about NOYS VR, please visit their website, join their Discord server, or follow them on social media: Facebook and Instagram. I will be adding NOYS VR to my ever-expanding comprehensive list of social VR and virtual worlds!