The world's first drone entertainment show is set to fly into Amsterdam this autumn
Amsterdam Drone Air Show

Amsterdam is set to host the world’s first drone air show, promising an explosive and highly energetic circus. Visitors will be immersed in 3D effects, witness aerial robots equipped with lasers and see projectors spinning in dances at the Amsterdam Arena.

“In this high energy and explosive show, drones will take centre stage to bring a collaboration and fusion of music, video, projections and special effects. AIR allows you to experience a variety of ballet and battles, races and lasers, circus, illusions and most of all magic from hundreds of drones,” according to the event’s promoter.

The event was developed with the help of the Royal Netherlands Air Force. The show, however, won’t be the first to utilise drones for display purposes. Entertainment giant Disney has been working on substituting its more traditional methods of live entertainment, including giant puppets and fireworks, with drone displays. These include a web of drones covered in lights and mimicking an aerial show.

World famous Canadian theatrical group Cirque du Soleil last year released SPARKED, a ten-minute video that employed helicopter drones dressed up as decorative lampshades that playfully fly around a lamp repairman. The footage was taken in a closed sound stage and used drone software from Swiss-based research institute ETH Zurich.

During AIR 2015, spectators can enjoy races where drone operators will compete to prove their skills by flying their devices through 3D projected hoops and obstacles. The tickets are expected to go on sale soon.

Among participants is Austrian company Ars Electronica, which will fly helicopter drones in formation that will be lit by LEDs.