DBS Marina Regatta Shines With First Public Drone Light Show In Asia

DBS Marina Regatta will debut yet another first-of-its-kind experience come 4 June night. As a finale to the DBS Marina Regatta, DBS will partner Intel to bring to audiences at the Marina Bay a tightly choreographed mass drone display that celebrates the fusion of technology and artistry. This will be the first time that the Intel® Shooting Star™ drone fleet will appear in a public performance in Asia. 50 Intel drones will light up the skies in front of the Marina Bay Promontory in a three-minute performance at 8.15pm on 4 June.

Flying in dynamic formations, the drones will showcase different shapes and colours to reveal a bespoke animation designed specifically for the DBS Marina Regatta. Dancing in mid-air to a specially commissioned musical piece by Singaporean composer and music producer, Eric Wong (United Records), the show promises to awe with its precision and finesse in a beautifully choreographed display. The drones also recently made headlines around the world and went viral on social media after they were shown in Lady Gaga’s Super Bowl Halftime performance in the US earlier this year.

Unlike traditional fireworks, the drones are purpose built for light shows and are inherently environmentally friendly. Intel drones weigh about 11 ounces. They are made of flexible plastic and foam, and the propellers are covered by protective cages. Each drone is equipped with built-in LED lights that can create over 4 billion colour combinations. The fleet of drones is controlled by one pilot.

This year’s regatta will also feature the following first-of-its-kind experiences:

1. SEA’s Largest Ever Pop-up Urban Beach

At over 21,000 sq ft – or the size of 1.5 Olympic pools, filled with sand weighing over 151,000 kg – or about 8 truckloads. This beach is twice the size of last year’s urban beach and can fit up to 2,000 people!

Bali beach club Potato Head will be bringing in their legendary Coconut Bar here for the first time, complete with their signature uber fresh coconut cocktails and beers. Don’t forget to get some of Three Buns’ gourmet burgers to complement your drinks!

2. SG’s largest inflatable water obstacle course – Battle Bay

At over 11,000 sq ft with nine obstacles, challengers will have to navigate their way through rope swings, monkey bars, balance blocks and walls. The course will test their agility, speed and strength. Up for grabs is SGD 8,000 in prize money for the fastest individuals and teams. The best team and individual will also win a trip to Beijing.

3. SG’s biggest pop-up interactive art experience, Bay Dome

At 7.5 metres tall, experience Singapore’s largest pop-up interactive art experience where you can customise your own artwork and watch it come to life within the dome.

4. Bay Eats– Offerings from Singapore’s top young chefs

The Local People returns to DBS Marina Regatta this year as curators of the food village. Weave through award-winning food stalls line your stomachs with food from top new eateries in town such as the “Neo-Sin” restaurant Labyrinth, French eatery Garçons, The BellJar, Leng Leng ice cream and more.

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5. Play Dome – Play in the day, party at night

Standing at an epic nine metres tall, the Play Dome is the spot to be from day to night with lululemon athletica and Ultra Music Festival. Build up your stamina with free lululemon-curated classes by Yoga+, WeBarre and Eat Train Love!

At night, let your hair down at the DBSMR X Ultra Countdown Party which takes place exclusively at the regatta from 7pm to 10pm on Friday and Saturday evening (2 & 3 June). Featuring three Ultra Music Festival deejays each night such as Dubvision, Crossnaders, Raiden, Jade Rasif, Moe and Myrne.

(For 18 years and above. Charges are SGD 15 per entry, inclusive of a free drink at the Play Dome bar. DBS Live Fresh cardholders get priority access)

In 2013, DBS committed a total of SGD 22 million to enlivening the Marina Bay area over six years. Since then, as part of the bank’s continuing efforts to bring the Bay to the people, and the people to the Bay, DBS-run and sponsored initiatives such as the DBS Marina Regatta, DBS Marina Bay Sailing Programme, POSB PAssion Run for Kids, and its other complimentary cycling and yoga activities have attracted more than 500,000 to the Bay – transforming Marina Bay into a bustling hub of activity. 

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