World-famous creative director Willo Perron took Drake’s latest tour to the next level, literally. The Aubrey & The Three Migos Tour, featuring the Canadian singer/rapper/songwriter was co-headlined by the hip-hop trio reigning from Georgia, Migos. The revolutionary show was brimming with high-tech, awe-inspiring visual tricks including tiny drones and an enormous helium drone.
In addition to the usual pyrotechnics and lighting fixtures found at most live performances now, Willo Perron enlisted an impressive fleet of 200 drones as extra lighting features. The drones created superbly choreographed formations, which included a colossal rotating cross above the stage for Drake’s song “Look Alive”, feat. BlocBoy JB. The inspiration behind this drone choreography was the few hundred drones used to form the 5 inter-connected rings in the 2018 Winter Olympics.
Perron, who has previously worked with Rihanna and Kanye West to name a few, was responsible for the entire creative part of the tour. From the initial concept, to the set design. He said that at the moment, it’s still pretty limiting what can actually be done with a fleet of drones in a live show, That’s because, although these drones are light, they can crash into the crowd and hurt people. Perron added that he believes drones can be used more in shows of this nature when the intensity of the lights increases and the size of battery packs decrease.
The cherry on top of the show was when a drone lifted a sleek yellow Ferrari into the air, leaving the crowd in awe. According to Perron, a flying Ferrari had never been used indoors before, so that was an exciting first. The Ferrari was properly supported by the fleet of tiny drones which were controlled by the tour’s engineers off-stage.
Due to safety reasons, a real Ferrari couldn’t be used, so Perron’s team created a magical illusion by using a foam replica instead. His team filled this replica with an enormous helium balloon. The underbelly and the entire shell of the vehicle were empty, so the Ferrari was basically this huge helium drone that didn’t require any wires to lift it. The tiny drones supporting the Ferrari couldn’t be seen with the naked eye, because they were spinning too fast to actually be seen. The car looked like it was flying over fans’ heads.
The North American Aubrey & The Three Migos Tour began in Kansas City on August 12th, 2018 and ended in Atlanta on November 18th, 2018. The shows in Canada and the US offered a significantly more immersive experience for Migos’ and Drake’s fans, with the stage placed in the middle of the crowd. Willo Perron was inspired by the layout of a typical basketball court to create what he called ” a giant front row” and a “super democratic” show.