Marina Bay Sands reschedules dragon drone show, changes start timing after safety concerns

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SINGAPORE: Marina Bay Sands' (MBS) dragon drone show on Saturday (Feb 17) will be brought forward to Thursday, leaving no show on Saturday.

All remaining shows – on Thursday, Friday and Sunday – will also take place at 9pm instead of 8pm, MBS said in a schedule update on Tuesday.

In the event of bad weather, the shows will instead begin at 10pm, "should the weather conditions be optimal at that time".

"The adjustments are made to optimise the viewing experience and to better regulate traffic flow, especially at the weekend," MBS added.

The move comes after last Saturday's performance of The Legend of the Dragon Gate: Drone Show by the Bay drew huge crowds.

But congestion exacerbated by rainy weather sparked safety concerns among attendees.

CNA's Facebook video of the show on Saturday drew several angry reactions and comments, with users citing "massive throngs of people" and what was described as "no crowd control".

One commenter noted that audience members rushed into the MBS shopping mall when it started to rain, with the crowd trying to fit through a "narrow door opening", while another described the event as "chaotic" with "shouting matches". 

In response, MBS on Sunday introduced more crowd control measures for remaining shows. It also advised attendees to consider alternative viewing locations for the show.

The drone show, which sees 1,500 drones forming a dragon hovering over Marina Bay, is jointly organised by the Singapore Tourism Board, MBS and UOB.

The first show, which was originally slated to take place on Feb 6, was "cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances".

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