On Thursday June 14, We Speak Music hosted the Gorillaz Fan Party in Amsterdam’s iconic music venue Paradiso. Together with fans we celebrated the best virtual band in the world.

Ticket sales ended

Gorillaz’ story is one of a bunch of unruly animation figures (2D! Murdoc Niccals! Noodle! Russle Hobbs!) which turned out to be one of the most innovative groups of all time. Well, maybe their spiritual fathers Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett had something to do with it as well. Anyway, the result is a huge collection of great sing-a-longs (‘Clint Eastwood’, ‘DARE’, ‘On Meloncholy Hill’) and monstrous record sales.

With the brand new album The Now Now (release June 29) and headline performances at festivals all over the world (including Sziget, Lowlands and Bilbao BBK Live) coming up, it was about time to put our spotlight on Gorillaz. This is what we did…

It all started with a Gorillaz Masterclass

During the We Speak Music Masterclass, fans could learn everything about the ‘fictional’ story of Gorillaz: their backstory. The four Gorillaz cartoon-characters each have their own very interesting (and very weird) story, but it is really hard to understand it all. We Speak Music Masterclass to the rescue! De Masterclass was also streamed on the Facebook page of the Sziget Festival, where Gorillaz will take the stage this August. You can watch it all back here.

Afterwards, long time Gorillaz-collaborator Trey Reams told us everything about the band

Trey Reams worked with Gorillaz and Damon Albarn for more than 10 years, and came to tell us everything about the band during the Gorillaz Fan Party. He told us why we should definitely go see Gorillaz live this summer. Who better to tell than a man who has so much experience with the band? Watch it all back here.

Fans then participated in a Gorillaz Fan Quiz

By using a unique tool on everybody’s mobile phones, people were able to chose between two options. The question is: who is the biggest Gorillaz fan?

The first winners were surprised with the brand new Gorillaz album ‘The Now Now’

But the big prize was 2 tickets for the Sziget Festival!

These girls are going to see Gorillaz in Budapest this summer! Apart from Gorillaz, they can also go and take a look at performances by Arctic Monkeys, Kendrick Lamar, Mumford and Sons and many more.

People were able to play the classic Gorillaz games

On vintage computers, fans were able to play the original Gorillaz games which they released during their early 2000 promotion period. That was quite the nostalgic feeling for most of the fans present!

Gorillaz is a cartoon band, so..

…of course there were some drawings to do!

And to conclude, we had a virtual reality experience

Gorillaz released their video for ‘Saturnz Barz’ in virtual reality, so we arranged some virtual reality glasses so everybody could experience that themselves.

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