5 Reasons Why Drone Displays Are The Next Big Thing For Festivals

25th July, 2022

As music fans seek out unforgettable experiences, drone displays are poised to become a staple at festivals around the world. 

Here’s why we believe they’re the next big thing.

Festivals are more competitive than ever

Festivals are big business. In the UK, around five million people brave the elements and mud to camp out and enjoy live music at one of the country’s many festivals every year. In the US, that number is an astounding 32 million people

Given their popularity, it’s no surprise that festival organisers are always looking for ways to stand out from the crowd and create experiences that are bigger and better year on year.  

This has given rise to some pretty incredible feats of engineering and creativity, but as festivals become more competitive, organisers are always looking for new ways to wow their audiences. 

For years, fireworks have been a go-to method for creating showstopping moments for headlining acts, but people are beginning to question their place in our future. At best, fireworks are simply a predictable addition to the show. At worst, they are a tired cliché and an environmental hazard. 

Drone displays create unforgettable experiences

Enter drone displays. This innovative new technology is pushing the boundaries of what’s possible, and we’re already seeing them make waves at some of the world’s biggest festivals, including Burning Man and Coachella in the US

At Celestial, our own critically-acclaimed drone display for Adelaide Fringe Festival was a huge success. We were thrilled to be able to bring something new and exciting to the festival with an important message at its heart, and the response from the crowd was incredible. 

What sets drone displays apart?

So, what is it that makes drone displays so special? Here are just a few of the things that make them the perfect addition to any festival lineup. 

1) They’re environmentally friendly

Fireworks are notoriously bad for the environment. They contain harmful chemicals like sulfur, potassium nitrate, and carbon, which can pollute the air and water. They also produce noise pollution and can cause distress to animals. 

In contrast, drone displays are completely environmentally friendly, and there’s no noise pollution, no smoke, and no harmful chemicals. 

2) They’re safe

Fireworks are also dangerous. In the US, around 11,500 people are injured by fireworks every year, and in the UK, that number is around 2,000. Drones, on the other hand, are safe with minimal risk of injury. 

3) They’re flexible

Drones are also incredibly versatile. Their size and portability mean they can be used in a wide range of environments, from smaller local festivals to huge stadiums. And because they’re controlled remotely, they can be used in places where fireworks are simply not possible, like indoors or near trees and buildings. 

4) They offer a new way to interact with audiences

One of the most exciting things about drone displays is the way they can interact with audiences. Thanks to advances in technology, we’re now able to use drone displays to create interactive experiences that are unlike anything else. 

For example, at Celestial, we’re currently exploring the use of motion capture technology to allow drones to interact with performers in real-time. This means drone displays can be used to enhance live performances, creating a truly immersive experience for audiences. 

5) They’re the future

Drones are the future of entertainment, and drone displays are leading the way. With their incredible potential for creativity and innovation, drone displays offer a new way to create unforgettable experiences that will wow music festival audiences. 

Final thoughts

In a market driven by the pursuit of bigger and better experiences, today’s festival-goers expect more than just music from their festival experiences. 

By offering a unique and exciting way to create unforgettable memories, drone displays are the ideal solution to wow audiences and inspire them to come back year after year. 

So if you’re looking for something new and exciting to add to your music festival lineup, drone displays are the way to go. Organising a festival? Get in touch to make it one to remember with the magic of drone technology.

Looking for more ways drone shows can elevate your event? Read our blog post about 6 types of drone shows we can provide.