Muse's forthcoming 2016 world tour will include a swarm of drones and a stage "like a double-headed arrow," the band's creative team have revealed.
Last week was an eventful one for Muse fans, with the band announcing details of their 2016 Drones World Tour, as well as playing a surprise intimate gig in Camden. "It's our version of The Wall, basically," Matt Bellamy told BBC Radio 2.
Now, in an interview with NME, the band's creative team have teased plans for the tour. Production designer Oli Metcalfe and tour director Glen Rowe said that there would be "a whole swarm of drones" and a stage "like a double-headed arrow."
See the stage plan below - as revealed by Ticketmaster last year.
"We’ve been able to work with a company in the Netherlands that have written a piece of software that can control a whole swarm of drones," Metcalfe added, "So we’re programming them in a different way. They’re not manned, they’re not manned vehicles as in somebody with a controller. They’re controlled by a computer system and tracking system."
He also explained that the "double headed arrow" stage will span the length of the arena: "It's quite narrow but more importantly for the audience it’s low, so the band will be playing in an intimate space, and have a good relationship in terms of distance from their audience."
He added, "When a boxing match is staged in an arena you think it's tiny – a little postage stamp in the middle of this huge arena arena. So we thought, let’s make a tiny stage in the middle of the arena so it’s a small circle with two runways with what you call a hammerhead at each end, where things can pop up and we can make technology work.
"The whole circle moves one revolution per hour. The idea is Matt starts there and an hour later he comes back, so in the show everyone sees him [up close] twice."
Watch us talk to Muse's hardcore fans at their Camden gig below
Speaking about his hopes to use Drones last year, Bellamy said this would be a dream come true for the band.
"We always like to use the modern technology in our shows, the latest video screens or light shows, lasers, whatever is out there," said Bellamy. "Drones are obviously an interesting thing to try to bring into the live show so we're going to try and do that.
"There's going to be some difficulty with red tape of health and safety about flying things over, but the general thing idea is that as the tour starts that we'll be using flying objects."
Muse's world tour dates are below. For tickets and more information, click here.
April 5, 2016 - Dublin Three Arena
April 8, 2016 - Manchester Manchester Arena
April 11, 2016 - London O2 Arena
April 12, 2016 - London O2 Arena
April 17, 2016 - Glasgow SSE Hydro
May 2, 2016 - Lisbon MEO Arena
May 5, 2016 - Madrid Barclaycard Arena
May 14, 2016 - Milan Mediolarum Forum
May 15, 2016 - Milan Mediolarum Forum
June 4, 2016 - Prague O2 Arena