By Chris Stonor
London welcomed the new year with a spectacular aerial show to celebrate its diverse culture and offer a message of hope and positivity for 2022, reports a press release.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, had promised a night to remember and Greenwich played host to the main event where SKYMAGIC, a leading drone light show specialist, worked alongside Jack Morton, a brand experience agency, to create and produce the New Year’s Eve spectacle.
The six-minute aerial event was broadcast live on BBC1 and iPlayer as part of a longer thirteen-minute show. SKYMAGIC flew a fleet of 500 drones to deliver the UK’s largest ever drone light show with the London skyline as its canvas. The release states, “The drones performed using cutting edge RTK technology that delivers improved GPS accuracy and high-definition images, as well as faster transitions between moves, to depict some of the most exciting moments to come in 2022.”
It continues, “The show explores abstract and conceptual elements in a celebration of live entertainment, drawing on festival and party themes, music moments and sporting highlights. Some of the key original motifs included Elton John’s iconic Keyboard, a powerful roaring Lion and an explosive Party Popper moment amongst others.”
Patrick O’Mahony, Creative Director of SKYMAGIC, commented, “We were delighted to collaborate again with Jack Morton to design and deliver the drone light show for London New Year’s Eve for the second year running. Building on last year’s show, we have returned to the capital with a larger fleet and having developed our drone division both technologically and creatively. The 2022 show tells a celebratory story with an emphasis on three-dimensional formations, conceptual shapes and complex trajectories.”
Jim Donald, Production Director, Jack Morton added, “We are honoured to have brought the UK’s largest drone show to London in 2022. It has been an absolute pleasure to work with the UK’s leading company.”
The drones appeared alongside pyrotechnics from Titanium Fireworks and lighting design from Durham Marenghi, all set to an original music production by On the Sly Productions.
Key moments throughout the spectacle covered the upcoming UEFA Women’s Euro 2022 with a large illuminated image of a lion and lioness above the River Thames; a homage to Elton John offered an undulating keyboard and iconic star-shaped sunglasses as the drones visually augmented the scene from sound to skies, in tandem with a music score; and for a carnival scene, the concentric feathers of an abstracted head-dress fanned outwards in a revolving display. A plethora of multicoloured LEDs shimmered through the shape, in joyous celebration of street parties, festivities and carnivals nationwide.
SKYMAGIC has delivered choreographed drone shows across the world and is the first company to deliver such events in the UK, Japan, Greece, Morocco, Azerbaijan, Switzerland and the UAE.
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