Gorillaz will transform the streets of New York and London into stages for two groundbreaking performances of their brand new track ‘Skinny Ape’.

The ‘live’ performances will take place on 14.30 ET on 17 December in Times Square and 14:00 GMT on 18 December in Piccadilly Circus,

The ‘first-of-their-kind’ immersive experiences will allow fans to gather together to witness Gorillaz play in real life as Murdoc, 2D, Noodle and Russel “literally tower over them, playing in the midst of two of the world’s most iconic skylines.”

Directed by artist and Gorillaz co-creator Jamie Hewlett and the Emmy nominated director Fx Goby, the ‘Skinny Ape’ performances are created by Nexus Studios and use Google’s ARCore Geospatial API, using AR to transforms public spaces with cultural experiences.

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Chris O’Reilly, Co-Founder & CCO, Nexus Studios, said: “We’re always excited when music and entertainment can bust out of the usual to meet fans and tell stories in new places. Working with our friends Gorillaz and Google, this was a perfect opportunity to bring our dual passions of Real-Time animation and immersive tech together. Experiences told on top of cities at this level of visual fidelity is full of exciting promise.”

Jon Creamer

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