Adelaide skies to turn electric with return of Fringe drone show

Choreographed drones will return to Adelaide Fringe in 2023, with a new show featuring the music of a prominent South Australian electronic act.

500 drones will take to the skies above the park lands during this year's Fringe. Supplied image

500 drones will take to the skies above the park lands during this year's Fringe. Supplied image

Last year’s Sky Song was a technological spectacle that followed five First Nations stories, created and told by the likes of the late singer, songwriter and activist Archie Roach.

That show was initially meant to be staged at Wayville but was moved to McLaren Vale after issues with flight restrictions. Regardless, Fringe says Sky Show was the most attended show of the 2022 festival.

Fringe announced today that a new show – dubbed Electric Skies, an “evolution” of Sky Song – would be staged in the city, at Pakapakanthi/Victoria Park over two nights in February.

Electric Skies will feature a light show created by 500 drones, again telling First Nations stories but with a different creative team.

This time the show will be accompanied by music specially composed by South Australian musical duo Electric Fields – Zaachariaha Fielding and Michael Ross.

Fielding’s paintings will also inspire some of the drone animations in the sky.

With Adelaide Fringe, other collaborators in the show include Gluttony, Drone Sky Shows, Novatech, AEDA and the APY Collective.

The event will include live music and entertainment before sunset, with the drone show launching at dusk.

“Everyone is in the fast lane, everyone has an agenda,” Fielding said in a statement. “But when you’re on Country and land, it’s just you, gravity, galaxy, stars. Nature is more present there.

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“Everyone’s going to hear something different, but hopefully they all go to that place. They just need to come open to the show and then everything will fall into its natural place.”

Adelaide Fringe Director and CEO Heather Croall said Electric Skies would be a unique experience.

“It’s a privilege to work with such incredible South Australian talent – their music, coupled with the drone and light show creates a magic and moving experience for the audience,” she said.

Electric Skies will be performed at Pakapakanthi/Victoria Park on February 24 and 25. Tickets are on sale now.

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