At a concert last August, rapper and songwriter Drake shared the stage with very special dancers. These dancers were coordinated, colorful, and they were flying.
Yes, Drake’s concert took a turn to the futuristic when he unleashed a swarm of drones into the stage. There they lit their bright lights, did a routine, and dazzled the audience watching. It added something new to the format of concerts that has been the same since concerts were a thing in the 70s. The traditional format involves flashy lights, synchronized movement, and backup dancers. Well, luckily for concerts these days, drones can take on all those I listed – and more.
Drones and Drake
They create a very amazing-looking stage with their constantly moving lights and coordination. It is basically like looking at a video game, but in real life. It can be very tricky to set up, but the end result is always nothing short of spectacular.
For these drone shows, one company comes to mind. Intel and their highly successful Shooting Star drones have performed for audiences during big events. This time however, a company by the name of Verity Studios took the helm for the concert. This may be their way of putting their name in the ballot, challenging the tech giant Intel for the throne of drone displays. Verity Studios has done a few gigs over the past year, with Drake’s concert being their latest one.
The concert in particular saw 200 drones fly around the singer while he did a number in front of a roaring crowd. The show was a success, with the drones being a highlight of the entire event.
Of course, drones still have a long way to go. Rules and regulations for example limit what a drone can do for these events. Drones cannot fly (without permit) in front of a crowded area, as well as within enclosed spaces. Drones cannot fly at night, nor can they fly outside the sight of their controllers. For outside shows, weather can be a fickle obstacle, one that has ruined many shows involving drones during the past few years.
But hey, looks like we are looking into the future right now.