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The leaks seemed to guarantee it, but we now have confirmation that Ariana Grande will start the Fortnite’s Rift Tour from August 6-8. As Fortnite has done in the past, the virtual performance will feature five shows to accommodate players from various time zones.
Presumably it will not only attract players to the show, because an Ariana Grande dress and a Piggy Smallz Back Bling will be available from August 4 in the item store. Here is a brief teaser showing these cosmetics. In addition, everyone participating in the Rift Tour will get a Cuddly Cloudcruiser commemorative umbrella:
As for Grande’s performance, Epic obviously wants to keep details in the details, but don’t expect the conventional setup of a ‘performer-on-a-stage’. Travis Scott's infamous appearance last year saw the star take on gigantic proportions, with players occasionally thrown involuntarily into the air. It is fair to say that Grande's appearance will try to increase his advantage.
As for when you can participate, here are the show schedules:
Show 1, the Americas:
Friday, August 6 at 6:00 p.m. ET (23:00 BST, 8:00 AEST on August 7)
Show 2, global:
August 7 at 2:00 p.m. ET (19:00 BST, 4:00 AEST on August 8)
Show 3, Asia and Oceania:
August 8 at 12:00 ET (5:00 BST, 14:00 AEST)
Sample 4, EU + Middle East:
August 8 at 10:00 ET (15:00 BST, 12:00 AEST on August 9)
Show 5, the Americas:
August 8 at 6 p.m. ET (23:00 BST, 8:00 AEST on August 9)
"We recommend that fans arrive at Fortnite 60 minutes before the show's time and that the Rift Tour playlist be active 30 minutes before each show," Epic warns. "Prior to Ariana's arrival, the Rift Tour kicks off with Fortnite-themed experiences: pairing popular tracks with moments based on elements of the game." Full details can be obtained at Rift Tour place.