Alive 2017 has been a topic of debate in Daft Punk fandom world for quite some time. Alive 1997 and Alive 2007 are Daft Punk’s two live albums that featured performances of songs from Homework, Discovery, and Human After All. Since both albums were released exactly 10 years apart, fans have speculated that Alive 2017 could be next.
Since Alive 2007, the duo has been busy, scoring the movie Tron: Legacy, and releasing their Grammy-winning album Random Access Memories.. They worked on Kanye West’s Yeezus, Pharrell’s G I R L, and most recently produced The Weeknd’s new single “Starboy”.
Recently, a Reddit user unveiled the link to a mysterious new website—alive2017.com. Could it be the beginning of a new chapter of the Daft Punk story?
Here’s what the site looks like on the surface:
But when you zoom in, some hidden numbers appear:
Here’s where things gets interesting. Thanks to the help of posts on Reddit and tumblr, some theories are starting to emerge. The answers may lie in the source code of the website, which has remained unchanged since the site launched:
Let’s take a look at that block of code on the left. These eight strings of numbers are in fact coordinates for:
Paris (48 51 24 2 21 03)
Los Angeles (34 03 118 15)
London (51 30 26 N 0 7 39)
New York (40 7128 74 0059)
Tokyo (35 6895 139 6917)
Sao Paulo (23 5505 46 6333)
Ibiza (39 0200 1 4821)
Indio (33 7206 116 2156)
Could they be potential tour locations?
Meanwhile, the block on the right says “RA 0h 42m 44s Dec 41 16 9”. These are also coordinates, but not on Earth. They’re celestial coordinates, pointing towards the galaxy Andromeda. But why is it there?
Next, let’s skip ahead to the bottom right, where it says “//SHEP LOGGED OUT.” Shep is a character from Daft Punk’s musical movie Interstella 5555.
And, finally, back to those numbers at the start. At line 90 of the source code, it says, “WAKE DATE 2016-10-27.” Those numbers in the I of “ALIVE” are a countdown timer, which finishes on October 27, 2016—exactly a month from when the site went online.
Is Alive 2017 coming? Will it feature music performed over the years at these locations? Or is Daft Punk going on tour to record Alive 2017? Is this all an elaborate hoax? We’ve got a few more weeks until we know for sure—but we reached out to their management for comment.