The London Philharmonic Orchestra is well and truly onboard the hype train for Final Fantasy XV, announcing an exclusive live performance of songs and previously unheard music from the upcoming game soundtrack. World famous composer Yoko Shinomura will also make an appearance at the concert, set for September 7th at the iconic Abbey Road Studios.
Abbey Road is, of course, the legendary studio complex where The Beatles recorded most of their classic catalogue. In more recent years it’s also played host to artists including Pink Floyd, Frank Ocean, Florence + The Machine, Radiohead, Oasis, Kanye West, Lady Gaga and Adele – there’s not been a quiet month in the studio’s 80+ year history.
Would you like to watch this all unfold? Tune in to the Final Fantasy XV YouTube channel or the Square Enix Twitch Channel from 11am Pacific, Wednesday September 7. The full, one-hour concert will also be uploaded to YouTube immediately after the show, for those who are unable to watch it live.
The hour-long one-off performance is a must-see for fans of the franchise. Yoko Shinomura (Kingdom Hearts series, Street Fighter II) will provide her own commentary of the songs being played, as well as offering further insight into the recording of the game’s soundtrack.
Since the score for Raiders of The Lost Ark was recorded at the studios in 1980, Abbey Road has developed into one of the world’s premiere locations for movie scoring. Blockbuster films such as The Lord of The Rings Trilogy, The King’s Speech and Skyfall feature scores recorded there, while recent projects include the Oscar-winning score to Gravity. Additionally, a number of high-profile video games such as Halo 5 and Call of Duty have recorded in-game music at Abbey Road Studios.
Frustratingly, even though this event is taking place next week, we’ve still got a little longer to wait for the actual game – Final Fantasy XV will be available November 29th, for Xbox One and PS4… how many times do you think you can play an hour-long concert between now and then?