WE ARE Pi created SkyFest, taking festivals to the next level for Desperados

SkyFest is the latest wild experiment in music that WE ARE Pi has created for Desperados global brand

WE ARE PI created an electronic light orchestra Sky Festival for Desperados as the brand takes to the skies with its latest wild experiment in music

Amsterdam, November 13th 2017 - Heineken owned tequila-flavoured beer, Desperados, takes to the skies with "SkyFest" its latest global campaign and outrageously ambitious wild experiment in music, created by Amsterdam based Ideas Company, WE ARE Pi.

Dubbed an "electronic light orchestra", Desperados SkyFest is a fully fledged Spanish mountain-top music festival taking 'wild experiments in music' to the next level by using seven hot air balloons as DJ booth, dance floor and synchronised light show.

Desperados shook up the festival scene with ‘SkyFest,’ a multi-sensory event in Spain that blended world-class music with an immersive experience, sending DJs and festival goers to the sky in the brand’s latest wild experiment in music.

To bring the idea to life, Desperados global creative agency WE ARE Pi brought on festival organisers, elrow to host the event, Resident Advisor for ticket sales, and a host of superstar DJs to entertain fans from across the globe. The resulting content was created with VMA award winning director Ryan Staake from Pomp and Clout productions.

‘SkyFest’ came to life for over 1,500 of participants from all over the world. Each balloon was an instrument, each musician a pilot and together they performed a choreographed light show to the SkyFest Theme composed by Eats Everything. The also event featured well-known DJs, Jackmaster, Honey Dijon and local fan favourite, Paco Osuna.

Jackmaster, headliner DJ, said, “Playing with a hot air balloon electronic light orchestra was a once in a lifetime experience. 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"

Anna Bizon, Global Brand Director, Desperados, said: “With SkyFest we’re again giving our fans a new way to experience the best in music. Partnering with world-class event producer elrow, made famous for producing unexpected events, allowed us to challenge them to push wild experimentation in music to the next level. SkyFest will elevate the festival format, creating an epic and unforgettable party.”

Alex Bennett-Grant, Head of Strategy, WE ARE Pi, said "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."

SkyFest is the next act of ‘Release your Inner Tequila’, Desperados’ Global Marketing campaign which invests in a series of unique experiences to foster wild experimentation in music. Previous activations in this series include; Train Trax where Desperados worked with the renowned electronic music group Mount Kimbie, to turn an ordinary train in Warsaw into a music instrument for fans from across the globe; Bass Drop, a party onboard a plane at zero gravity 30,000ft above the Nevada desert and House Party Unplugged, which saw an ordinary house transformed into a backing track.



BRAND: Desperados

Anna Bizon - International Brands Global Director

Jules Macken - Global Marketing Manager

DiogoPinheiro - Global Communications Manager


Executive Creative Director - Rick Chant

Executive Creative Director - Barney Hobson

CreativeJake Kedge

Creative – Jack Samels

Head of Content – Ravi Hitchcock

Executive Producer Stephanie Whitehead

Associate Producer Anthony Le Breton

Managing Director – Alex Bennett Grant

Managing Partner – Patrick Garvey

Group Account Director - Katharina Schablitzki

Account DirectorAlanna Southgate

Head of Strategy - Jessica Perri

Strategist - Andrea Van Den Bos

Digital Strategist – Jakenna Gilbert

Business Affairs – Barrie Williams


Production Company Pomp & Clout

Service Production Company – Wicked

Director – Ryan Staake

Executive Producer – Kevin Staake

Producer – Sem Rossi

Event Partner - elrow

Headline live event DJs: Jackmaster, Paco Osuna, Honey Dijon


Editor Doug Hancock

Editor – Will Judge

Assistant Editor – Rosie Hugill


Post House – Smoke & Mirrors

Executive Producer – David Michaels

Producer – LonnekeBertens


Sound Design – Alex Nicholls-Lee @Wave Amsterdam

Title – “Theme FromSkyFest

Performers – Eats Everything & Lord Leopard

Record Label – Lord Leopard

Composer(s) – Daniel Pearce & Luke Turner

Publisher – Black Butter Music Publishing Ltd (administered by BMG-Talpa Netherlands)

About WE ARE Pi

WE ARE Pi is an Amsterdam-based international Ideas Company, founded in 2011. Guided by the promise to ‘Never Settle’ Alex Bennett-Grant, Rick Chant, Barney Hobson, and Patrick Garvey lead WE ARE Pi to provide best-in-class integrated strategies and creative platforms for clients including Heineken, LEGO, TED Conferences, Wrangler, Nikon, Oath, Philips TV, InsingerGilissen and Ace & Tate.

About Desperados

Desperados is the world's first Tequila Flavoured Beer. Born 20 years ago, Desperados is a distinctive combination of full bodied lager with a boost of Tequila flavor, targeted to young adults. Desperados has become an international success, now sold in 84 countries across the world. www.desperados.com

About WE ARE Pi

We Are Pi is an award winning Creative Innovation Consultancy that partners with clients to build brands worthy of thriving in changing times by initiating transformation programs. We Are Pi Client partners include Nike, Heineken, Uber, Diageo and Virgin. We Are Pi was named Small Agency of the Year 2018, 2019 and 2020 by Creative Pool and Ad Age.

We Are Pi cultural research platform, New Society Rules, helps brands navigate cultural change. We Are Pi content arm, Pi Studios, produces ground breaking stories about cultural change. We Are Pi is proud sponsor of OUTO, Black Strat and Plus Plus One.

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