AscTec Hummingbird Drones at the ESC

28. May 2015
Drohnen beim ESC drones at the ESC

Drones at the ESC ! The AscTec Hummingbirds from Bavaria have been stars at the Eurovision Song Contest. Thanks to our customer Ars Electronica Futurelab who made this possible: A futuristic contribution at the ESC with LED drones for about 195 million people watching.

LED drones controlled by “magic wand”

Every year there are “postcards” sent by each participating country to send warmest greetings frome homeland and introduce their act. In addition to theis song performance these postcard greetings help conquering hearts and votes from the audiences. For that reason singers and countries have the chance to present a half minute video with striking impressions from home. The British contestants succeded in surprising with a high-tech magic trick: Per “magic wand” the two singers from Electro Velvet conducted a LED-mounted drone swarm in time with the music beat and made ESC history: First time ever drones at the ESC !

Postcards with flying light show

After Conchita Wurst’s “Rise Like a Phoenix” has brought the Eurovision Song Contest back to Austria after a 48 year hiatus, this countryis looking forward to getting postcards from everywhere (EU). So it didn’t take long until the ORF – Austrian Broadcasting Company began receiving the first concepts for this year’s Postcards. The British duo Electro Velvet chose to impress with a high-tech contribution from Ars Electronica Futurelab. Since programmable, unmanned aerial vehicles – in this case AscTec Hummingbirds – can fly automated due to a self-developed software solution from Ars Electronica Futurelab. The drones can fly complex choreographies. Or follow the commands from a wireless “magic wand”. So software controlled LED drones – called Spaxels – can serve as flying light points. The Austrian high-tech artists from Ars Electronica Futurelab gained an outstanding reputation with unique drone light shows worldwide.

Spaxels & the postcard from UK

Gebhardt Productions GmbH, a film production company headquartered in Mödling near Vienna, got the nod with their concept of cinematic bridge-building, an allusion to “Building Bridges,” the theme of the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest. In each short film, a surprise package is delivered to every participating artist: an invitation to immerse themselves in an extraordinary event in Austria. To shoot their Postcard, Electro Velvet Great Britain’s representative at the Song Contest this year, went on an excursion to Linz, where the duo encountered Horst Hörtner, senior director from Ars Electronica Futurelab and the blinking Spaxels.

Details about the LED drone performance at the ESC by Ars Electronica Futurelab you can here:

For more information about the project Spaxels from the Ars Electronica Futurelab, please visit