Rock in Rio 2017 to Feature Spaxels Drone Show
One of the world’s largest annual rock music events — Rock in Rio will feature a Spaxels drone show. The Spaxels swarm of LED drones is expected to perform above Rio de Janeiro’s Barra Olympic Park every evening of the event’s run as a prelude to each day’s headliner. The Spaxels swarm will be conjuring up aerial light sculptures featuring a 200-meter long sine wave, a gigantic electric guitar and the Rock in Rio logo.
Rock in Rio kicked off in 1985 and the many illustrious bands and artistes who have performed at the show include Queen, Iron Maiden and Tina Turner. Rock in Rio 2017 (scheduled for September this year) is expected to feature Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake and the Red Hot Chili Peppers and this will be the first time the Spaxels swarm has been scheduled to perform at the show. The Spaxels crew have already begun preparations for the show since February and a video teaser featuring the 60-piece Anton Bruckner Privatuniversitat’s Symphony Orchestra performing Hermann Miesbauer’s adaptation of the official Rock in Rio anthem was also shot for broadcast on Brazilian TV.
Linz-based Ars Electronica Futurelab’s Spaxels first debuted in 2012 when it performed above the Danube with a swarm of 50 drones for the Klangwolke (Cloud of Sound) event — an annual outdoor extravaganza in Linz. Since then, it has gained worldwide renown and has been commissioned to perform at other major events in major cities such as London, Brisbane, Las Vegas, Hannover and Dubai.