There is a huge difference between listening to a band’s recorded album versus seeing them live in concert. Seeing a band live in concert adds a ton of external stimuli, such as the lights, the sound system, maybe even some pyrotechnics, and of course the energy of thousands of fans.

Unfortunately sometimes attending the concert of your favorite band is impossible due to distance, money, or tickets being sold out, but isn’t that what virtual reality (VR) is for? Samsung has announced that they will be teaming up with Live Nation to stream Coldplay’s “A Head Full of Dreams” concert live in VR.

Basically this means that even if you can’t attend in person, watching the concert in VR will sort of let you feel like you’re there in person. We suppose this isn’t quite the same as watching it live in person, but it comes pretty close, or at least better than watching it on TV or a DVD recording of the show.

According to Samsung, “The live broadcast will be available on Samsung Gear VR powered by Oculus through the Samsung VR service on August 17, starting at 8:30 pm CT.” Unfortunately if you don’t have the Gear VR, we guess you’d be out of luck.

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