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Real-Life DJ Marshmello Is Headlining A Vitual 'Fortnite' Concert Tomorrow

Real-Life DJ Marshmello Is Headlining A Vitual 'Fortnite' Concert Tomorrow

If you've explored battle royale island this week, then you've probably noticed that Epic Games is preparing something special at Fortnite's Pleasant Park.

No, it may not hold the same importance as Omega's rocket, Kevin the Cube, or the giant Ice Sphere. But real-life DJ Marshmello will perform at a virtual Fortnite concert this weekend. Which, even if you're not of a fan of his or the game, you have to admit, that's pretty damn cool.

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We've seen similar events in Rockstar Games' Grand Theft Auto V, with the likes of Solomun, The Black Madonna, Tale of Us, and Dixon featuring in the game's After Hours expansion. But while it was a fun, unique and timely inclusion to a fantastic game, what do any of these world famous DJs have in connection with gaming?

The stage is nearly set for Marshmello's big 'Fortnite' gig. Credit: Epic Games
The stage is nearly set for Marshmello's big 'Fortnite' gig. Credit: Epic Games

And I'm not saying that Marshmello is the biggest video game advocate out there (I'm also not throwing shade at Rockstar's DJ choices; Solomun is The Man), but the electronic music artist has expressed his passion for all things Fortnite for quite some time.

He's headlined multiple celebrity Fortnite tournaments, over the past year, where he's teamed up with battle royale bffl Ninja to raise eye-watering amounts of money for charity.

Even now, just in time for his big gig, you can pick up the DJ's themed skins and gliders in the game's virtual store. With all the legal goings on with Epic and other music artists - in short, they're suing the developer - he's a prime example of how the two platforms can work side by side.

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Dress as your favourite music-playing sugar-based confectionery. Credit: Epic Games
Dress as your favourite music-playing sugar-based confectionery. Credit: Epic Games

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It was only a matter of time before Epic began blurring the lines between Fortnite and the real world even more, and it'll be interesting to see what else the studio comes up with in the future.

I never get chance to play the battle royale nowadays. And I haven't listened to Marshmello once. But I'm going to make the effort to log in tomorrow, to see what the all the fuss is about. Why not? It's essentially a free gig.

If you'd like to see the performance too, Marshmello will begin his set at 11am PT/2pm ET/7pm GMT on Saturday. There's also a bunch of new timed challenges, that earn you a unique concert icon:

- Search a Showtime Poster (0/1) - Reward: Mello Made It Right Spray

- Visit the Showtime Venue (0/1) - Reward: Keep it Mello Emote

- Use Keep It Mello at a trucker's oasis, ice cream parlour, and a frozen lake (0/3) - Reward: Marshy Smasher Pickaxe

And until the event begins, here's a pretty nifty fan trailer, from YouTuber Ckay:

What do you think about this news? Will you attend the event? Who would you like to see perform in Fortnite? Make sure you let us know.

Featured Image Credit: Epic Games

Topics: epic games, fortnite, Entertainment, concert, Music, Technology, Battle Royale

Matthew McGladdery

Matthew McGladdery graduated with a BA in Broadcast Journalism from Salford University, where he worked at Revolution 96.2, Global Radio, and Fleetwood F.C. When he left university, he took on the role of co-editor for the Salfordian and worked as freelancer for the likes of BBC Sport. He continues to work in sport but loves talking all things Xbox, PS4, and PC just as much.