Inside Coalchella, the Minecraft music festival that had brands everywhere (sort of) | Advertising

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Think of it as all the fun of an outdoor festival without the crowdsor the outdoors.

In late September, nearly 3,000 people logged on to their accounts and got ready to party. The world-building video game has been often used to create larger than life sculptures, buildings, and artworks, but internet-collective Thwip Gang had bigger ideas.

After hosting a Minecraft-based “Birthday Party” for one of their members back in May, the Thwip Gang got to work organizing a full-scale concert completely within the gaming platform. With no more promotion than a few tweets on the organizers’ personal Twitter pages, drew in 27,000 listeners over its 8 hours across various streaming platforms. (“” because in Minecraft one mines coal, among other minerals. Just go with it.)

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