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Sims launches in-game music festival

Sims Sessions is a new in-game music festival, with artists like Bebe Rexha and Glass Animals’s Dave Bayley performing their music in Simlish.

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Electronic Arts and Maxis have announced Sims Sessions – an in-game music festival taking place in the life simulation game, The Sims 4, from 29 June – 7 July. Two-time Grammy-nominated pop star Bebe Rexha returns to The Sims and will perform in Simlish, as well as Glass Animals’ lead singer Dave Bayley and singer-songwriter Joy Oladokun also take to the in-game stage to open the virtual show.

The Sims has partnered with nearly 500 artists since 2004 to record their songs in the iconic language of Simlish for millions of Sims players around the world. Sims Sessions marks the first time Simlish songs will debut in-game and in an entirely new festival format. During Sims Sessions, players can explore the event with options to create their best festival fashions, camp out and shop digital merchandise featuring Bebe Rexha, Glass Animals and Joy Oladokun.

Players can also join The Sims, Bebe Rexha and some of TikTok’s most talented musical personalities for a virtual #SimlishSessions karaoke challenge on TikTok. The community will showcase their Simlish skills, sharing side-by-side duets with Bebe Rexha and featuring their own twists on her latest single Sabotage for a chance to be re-posted by the pop star.

“I’ve always been a fan of how The Sims empowers players to express their creativity with others in the game,” says Bebe Rexha. “Sims Sessions will be a fun experience for fans from around the world to enjoy music and hang with friends in a way that only The Sims can offer. I’m so excited to return to the game and also can’t wait to see the fans posting their Simlish videos of ‘Sabotage!’”

Dave Bayley will perform the Billboard-charting single Heat Waves from his electronic/pop band Glass Animals’ record catalogue. Multi-faceted performer Joy Oladokun will sing her powerful ballad Breathe Again before Bebe Rexha takes to the stage and her piano with a Simlish version of Sabotage from her second studio album Better Mistakes. Upon conclusion of the show, players can put on a performance of their own with fellow Sims on the festival stage.

“Sims Sessions is the next evolution of music in The Sims,” says Steve Schnur, worldwide executive and president of Music at EA. “Nowhere else can players hear and experience these exclusive performances by Bebe, Dave and Joy. With the self-expression destination that is Sims Sessions, EA will once again re-set the bar for gaming, music and global culture.”

Players interested in learning more about Sims Sessions and participating in the festivities can follow @TheSims on TikTok, Twitter, Instagram, like The Sims on Facebook, and visit TheSims4.com. The Sims Sessions is a free experience for players who own The Sims 4 game.

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