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W Maldives x Cercle // Live-Streamed Private Island Performance

Finalist in Live Event Coverage

About this entry

If you throw a concert in the middle of the Indian Ocean and there’s no one around to hear it, does it still make a sound? You bet it does.

W Hotels is a brand with a long-standing history of blending music and travel. In 2021, we wanted to bring both to W travelers and fans around the globe, showing them that while live music experiences and travel to far-flung destinations were at a temporary standstill, we could still experience them together, albeit virtually (for now). 



Why does this entry deserve to win?

Enter our collaboration with Cercle, the ground-breaking French media company known for filming and broadcasting music performances in the world’s most awe-inspiring places, to host an unforgettable live-streamed concert at Gaathafushi—a private castaway island at W Maldives.


Live streaming a concert from a private island in the Maldives is about as simple as it sounds.  From acquiring travel visas, to transporting music equipment by land, air, and sea, and ensuring we had the proper internet & electricity on a private island to pull off a livestream of this magnitude—practically every complication imaginable arose.  But if anybody had the tenacity to pull it off, it had to be W Hotels and Cercle.


From posts across W Hotels and Cercle social channels, to paid media to viewing parties at our hotels around the globe, we took a 360-degree approach to promoting this livestream. Key distribution tactics included:


On July 26, 2021, we successfully livestreamed a one-hour-and-fifteen-minute set by Berlin-based electronic musician Monolink with W Maldives’ white sandy beach and turquoise lagoon serving as the stage. 

To date, this performance has amassed over 3.6M views across Facebook and YouTube, with another 11.6M Impressions and 2.5M Engagements across our post-performance paid social campaign, successfully bringing the power of music and travel to our community in a year when many of us needed it most. 

This collaboration was so successful for both W Hotels and Cercle, that we are extending it into 2022.


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Entrant Company / Organization Name

W Hotels Worldwide, Marriott International


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