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Desperados Creates World's First Hot Air Balloon Electronic Light Orchestra

Created by We Are Pi, the SkyFest orchestra is the latest addition to Desperados’ global marketing campaign

Desperados Creates World's First Hot Air Balloon Electronic Light Orchestra

Desperados teamed up with world-renowned party producers elrow and iconic DJs Jackmaster, Honey Dijon and Paco Osuna, to launch SkyFest – a multi-sensory music experience that raised festivals to new heights. Created by We Are Pi and hosted in the mountainous landscape of La Seu, Spain, Desperados SkyFest brought to life an epic music and light show experience – the world's first Hot Air Balloon Electronic Light Orchestra.

Over 1500 partygoers from around the world were greeted by a sea of lasers that cut through night sky, illuminating a fleet of colossal hot air balloons as they emerged from the darkness. Top DJs played to the crowd in sync with the light show, where every balloon was an instrument and every pilot a musician, if you missed out on SkyFest, get a taste of the full experience here.

“Playing from a hot air balloon and looking down over the crowd was crazy. A real pinch yourself moment. It was surreal to perform at such a unique festival with so many people from all over the world. It was an incredible music experience and one of the reasons I love doing what I do," said Jackmaster.

Anna Bizon, Global Brand Director, Desperados, said: “At Desperados, we aim to dream up the unimaginable and then use our creativity and passion for wild experimentation in music to make it happen. Collaborating with elrow to remix the music rules was like a match made in heaven. We created a music festival that people will never forget.”

Desperados has a history of creating unique and unexpected festival experiences. SkyFest was the latest act of ‘Release your Inner Tequila’, Desperados’ global marketing campaign which invests in a series of unique experiences to foster wild experimentation in music.
Alex Bennett-Grant, Head of Strategy, WE ARE Pi, said: "SkyFest may be the purest expression of global brand strategy we have ever executed. Desperados asked us to making them the most iconic millennial beer brand, by positioning them as the wildly experimental party starting beer. So, we hosted a full-on music festival and invited the world to experience an insanely iconic musical experiment with 7 hot air balloons. Is it impactful? Hell yeah! Check out Instagram #skyfest and enjoy the outrageous results."
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Advertiser: Desperados at Heineken

Brand Director: Anna Bizon

Creative Agency

Creative Agency: WE ARE Pi

Strategist: Andrea Van Den Bos

Executive Creative Director: Rick Chant, Barney Hobson

Group Account Director: Katharina Schablitzki

Associate Producer: Anthony Le Breton

Head of Strategy: Jessica Perri

Digital Strategy: Jakenna Gilbert

Creatives: Jake Kedge, Jack Samels

Business Affairs: Barrie Williams

Managing Director: Alex Bennett Grant, Patrick Garvey

Executive Producer: Stephanie Whitehead

Head of Content Production: Ravi Hitchcock

Production Company

Production Company: Pomp & Clout

Executive Producer: Kevin Staake

Director: Ryan Staake

Producer: Sem Rossi

Production Service

Production Service Company: Wicked


Editor: Doug Hancock, Will Judge

Edit Assistant: Rosie Hugill

Post Production / VFX

Post Production Company: Smoke & Mirrors

Producer: Lonneke Bertens

Executive Producer: David Michaels


Composer: Daniel Pearce & Luke Turner

Record Label: Lord Leopard

Publisher: Black Butter Music

Song: Theme From SkyFest

Sound Design: Alex Nicholls-Lee @ Wave Amsterdam

Category: Alcoholic drinks , Beers

Genre: Experiential , Music & Sound Design , PR , Scenic , Strategy/Insight , Stunts