Coachella Flies High With Drone Performance

Coachella 2018

Coachella kicked off this weekend with a bevy of new offerings, designed to delight and impress the anxious and rowdy festival-goers. Arguably the country's most popular music and arts festival, Coachella 2018 took stage on Friday to much fanfare. The annual event held in Indio, California is spread out over two weekends of fun offering music, drink, food, art, camping, and general debauchery, attracting thousands of visitors from all over the world.

New this year is a live drone show sponsored by tech giants HP and Intel. Friday's drone performance will take to the air just prior to The Weeknd's show, while Sunday's drone show will occur during Odesza's set. Sunday's performance will be the first time a drone show will be utilized during a live musical set. The drones promise to be an adventure in innovative technology, featuring 420 plastic and foam drones synchronized to form a colorful painting in the night sky. The drone show is expected to last between five to eight minutes each night. The Intel drone show has been previously used in a myriad of other ways, including performances at the Super Bowl, the Winter Olympics, and over the Bellagio's water fountain spectacular in Las Vegas. Although the drones are operated by humans, they are completely computer-programmable.

As a pioneer of innovation, Coachella is known for showcasing established musical artists, as well as emerging new acts. What began as a protest concert by Pearl Jam in 1999 has since morphed into one of the hottest tickets on the music festival circuit. Headliners for 2018 include The Weeknd, Post Malone, Beyonce, Odesza, Migos, Portugal: The Man, Alt-J, and Fleet Foxes. The weather forecast for the first weekend looks favorable with highs in the high 80 to low 90s, and lows in the mid-50s to low 60s with no precipitation.


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