Whether you’re a Drake fan, a drone fan, or both, there’s a good reason to see the musician’s 2018 Aubrey & the Three Migos Tour.
Hundreds of micro drones are performing behind the rapper during the show.
The drones can be spotted in songs including “Elevate,” from Drake’s new album Scorpion, where the micro drones swarm onto the stage to surround Drake in a cloud of red and yellow lights. The drones also create a glittering wave in the song “Look Alive” before forming a 3D red cross that rotates around Drake.
Watch the drones in action here:
The drones were designed by the Swiss company Verity Studios
While drones have performed alongside musicians before, the Drake tour has now taken the record for the largest number of drones ever to tour with an artist. And unlike many other show drones, Verity’s drones are operated solely by the Drake tour staff and perform their choreographies autonomously.
Of course, not all drones mix perfectly with musicians. Enrique Iglesias famously injured his hand while trying to catch a drone that was flying around on stage as part of his show. Lady Gaga’s Super Bowl halftime show performance in 2017 featured hundreds of Intel Shooting Star drones, though that show received criticism after fans realized the drone display was pre-recorded and superimposed on TV again later.
Light show drones have also served as nighttime entertainment at events such as the Olympics Opening Ceremonies, Coachella and Walt Disney World, and are considered to be more environmentally friendly than other forms of nighttime entertainment such as fireworks.