Celestial pilots drone spectacle at Secret Garden Party 2023

Secret Garden Party collaborates with Celestial to create the first-ever combined drone show, lighting, lasers and firework act at a UK music festival. Photo: Matt Higgs

The 2023 Secret Garden Party made history on Saturday 22 July, showcasing an unprecedented combination of fireworks, lighting and lasers alongside hundreds of drones – reportedly marking the largest multimedia airborne act at a UK music festival.

The captivating drone display, titled Cosmic Wisdom, was produced by Celestial, renowned for its shows such as Eurovision and London NYE 2023, added a signature touch to the festival’s ‘Saturday Spectacle’. The commissioning of Celestial by SGP supports the festival’s pursuit of a more sustainable experience by adding cutting-edge and environmentally friendly drone technology to their traditional fireworks.

Cosmic Wisdom fused the timeless perception of Alan Watts with mesmerising sacred geometry and aimed to move people with the profound messaging in words, and be gripped by the cutting-edge neon visuals that, combined, represent some of the inner workings of the universe. The show served to uplift, enlighten and inspire universal audiences.

“It’s hard to put into words the excitement felt by myself and my team when working with Celestial to realise this vision. The creative journey we have been on to produce this multi-media spectacle with ‘Cosmic Wisdom’ at its centre has been exhilarating and life affirming. This was collaboration at its purest and doing this is everything we have ever wanted Secret Garden Party to be able to do and hope to continue to do,” commented Freddie Fellowes, Secret Garden Party Founder.

“For years we have dreamed of combining the timeless wisdom of Alan Watts with our ethereal light displays, which appear like the stars brought to life. We have finally created ‘Cosmic Wisdom’ a mesmerising and thought provoking show which pairs animated sacred geometry with some of Alan Watts most profound messaging. We are so grateful to The Secret Garden Party for allowing us to design this unforgettable intersection of innovation and beauty,” added John Hopkins, Celestial Founder and CCO.


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