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Spacelab Retrograde: The Arcade Fire Coachella 2011 Balloon Drop


By: Corey Tate
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April 11, 2013


It might be the most famous moment in Coachella history. To anyone there, it was mesmerizing and to anyone watching the Coachella live stream it was hypnotizing. The Arcade Fire Coachella 2011 balloon drop probably went over bigger and better than they even could've thought possible.


To set the scene: it was coming close to the end of Arcade Fire's headlining set, and The Creators Project had a lot of technology and experience features at Coachella to help make the festival more interesting. As Arcade Fire launched into their famous song "Wake Up," the crowd sang along like the always did. The band approached the chorus, and as they did, a large number of beach balls or balloons dropped from the roof of the stage on to the crowd, each with an interactive LED light inside. They were being controlled by The Creators Project to coordinate the lights in changing colors and make the color sequence dance between the balls. The effect was surreal. Watch it in full in the video above.

To find out more about how they did it, check out the videos below from The Creators Project and Chris Milk. The Coachella 2013 live stream will be happening all weekend, and will run live on Spacelab via the Coachella Video Channel if the feed is available. You can also check out past video performances from Coachella there as well.

Twitter hashtag: #spacelabretrograde Check out more music videos on the Spacelab Media Player.

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Directed by: The Creators Project

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