GlastonburAI: Recreate Glasto 2020 headline acts at home thanks to artificial intelligence

With the UK’s biggest music festival cancelled, AI-powered website Zyro is helping music lovers fill the void by recreating this weekend’s headline acts using artificial intelligence. Taylor Swift, Paul McCartney and Kendrick Lamar were all preparing to appear on the Pyramid Stage this weekend.

In their absence, Zyro has analysed over 50 hours of their music and lyrics, allowing fans to generate their own songs.

We thought we’d use our AI tech to help out the world’s music fans

Tomas Rasymas, head of AI at Zyro

Although Zyro’s AI content generator tool was originally designed to help businesses create compelling website content, the company’s intelligent AI algorithm now allows music fans to create original songs written in the style and inspired by Taylor Swift, Kendrick Lamar and the Beatles.

The Glastonbury AI tool is available for anyone to try HERE.

Zyro has also released performances of the new AI-generated songs, provided by singers and tribute acts.

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Tomas Rasymas, head of AI at Zyro told revealed the inspiration for the project in an email.

He said: “With the world’s biggest festivals cancelled in the wake of Covid-19, we thought we’d use our AI tech to help out the world’s music fans and allow them to play around with creating their own songs inspired by their favourite artists.

“AI has evolved dramatically in recent years, and this type of lyric-generation technology could very quickly become the future of music.

“Groups like the Beatles are no strangers to innovative tech, with the band’s song Daddy’s Car famously being the first piece of music to be written by AI.

“Today, this type of technology is more advanced than ever before, reaching a level where fans can write their own songs in the style of their favourite artists.

“Our new platform is a bit of fun for music fans missing out this weekend, but it’s also a powerful test of what AI is capable of.

“If we can teach a machine to write relatable, original song lyrics, then that opens up a whole host of new options for creative writing and content creation in future.

“That’s really what this experiment is all about.”

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The 2020 edition of the festival, with Paul McCartney, Taylor Swift and Kendrick Lamar lined up as headliners, was cancelled in March as the seriousness of the coronavirus pandemic became apparent.

Ticket holders could apply for refunds or roll the tickets over to next year.

Glastonbury organisers Michael and Emily Eavis have now announced they could be in serious financial danger if the festival was cancelled for another year due to coronavirus.

Mr Eavis told The Guardian: “We have to run next year, otherwise we would seriously go bankrupt … It has to happen for us, we have to carry on.

“Otherwise it will be curtains. I don’t think we could wait another year.”

His daughter and fellow organiser Emily Eavis added they would be in a “very serious situation if we had to cancel next year’s event, but then the whole live industry will be hanging in the balance if we have another summer without festivals, and we don’t know what level of government support there will be for this industry”.

However, she added she was optimistic about the future of the music festival.

She said: “We’ve navigated choppy waters so many times.

“This festival has always evolved and found ways to survive, and I’m confident that we will again. Mutate to survive.”

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