The video conferencing app, Zoom, has skyrocketed in popularity after the current pandemic forced the world to work and learn remotely. More than that, it’s become the go-to app for virtual happy hours and group hang-outs. And now on the platform, virtual nightclubs are on the rise.
After the stay-at-home order was extended to May 15 in Los Angeles County, impatient former party-goers, ravers, and nightclub enthusiasts started using Zoom to hold major ragers from their homes.
Like most exclusive nightclubs, you pay to get in — and this virtual nightclub scene is no different. The cost can get crazy high to attend exclusive Zoom conferences in the city.
One such club is called “Club Quarantine.”
“Guests purchase tickets for $10, or can pay $80 for a private room to party alongside Instagram-famous DJs and burlesque dancers. There is ostensibly a dress code. On a recent weekend, the party is full of European models and bearded men in fedoras, dancing along to Macarena,” explains a report on Bloomberg.
The club was started by four kids in Toronto — Mingus, Casey MQ, Brad, and Andrés — who wanted to have some fun online.
“[Club Quarantine has] taken up the majority of my time and I’m generally having a blast working on it. I am grateful to have a project that requires my constant attention — it’s something I work on with my other co-founders every day from morning to evening,” Casey MQ told Exclaim Canada.
The club didn’t get any traction at first, but now Club Quarantine gets hundreds of people a night. Entertainment includes guest deejays, performers, and celebrity guests like Charli XCX, Kim Petras, and Tinashe.
While Club Quarantine pioneered the virtual nightclub scene, other clubs are hopping on the trend, including “The Zone.” While the format is the same — DJs, dancers, and drinks, The Zone has themed break out rooms. There are 16 rooms in various countries with a chill yurt, hot tub, and a “flirtation station.”
“Parties have always been a form of virtual reality. Now it’s time to take them to the next level,” writes the startup, Co-reality Collective, which operates The Zone.
“The most real place in the lockdown, the place where your deepest desires come true,” their flyer boasts.
The Zone’s most recent event was held on April 18, but the promoters have committed to hosting more “real parties” in the future.