Lighting DesignerPatrick Woodroffe
Production ManagerRichard Young
Production DesignerEs Devlin


Tour - Live 2016

TAIT provided all automation for the 2016 Adele tour, including 6 roll drops, an austrian, a rolling stage, custom scenic elements and 6 lifts which all run on TAIT Navigator, a proprietary automation software platform.

TAIT delivered a total package as the single set and automation vendor for the tour. Working closely with Production Manager Richard Young and designer Es Devlin, TAIT designed and built 7 containers worth of equipment in a matter of weeks to ship to the UK for rehearsals and for deployment of the full global tour.

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TAIT designed a catchment for the rain to easily drain and recycle without interfering with the audience or the artist.

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Aaron Seibert, Project Manager at TAIT, worked closely with Richard Young, Es Devlin and Patrick Woodroffe throughout the Adele Tour. “Richard provided a great deal of insight into the final product he received from TAIT which I believe makes for a better client experience and tour. This tour, in particular, was unique, and we were all collaboratively able to nail the vision for the client.”

“It was a very collaborative effort. With Es Devlin’s vision, Adele’s vision, and Richard’s vision, TAIT had to determine geometrically and technically what would work on stage to meet the musical requirements. Geometry of a set is always crucial. It is imperative to understand and know how to accommodate sightlines, exits and entrances, lighting etc. in order to facilitate the look of the show and also the fluidity.” – James “Winky” Fairorth, CEO TAIT.

For the B Stage, again, with sightlines being a crucial element, TAIT built two lifts. There was one inner lift and one outer lift. The inner lift is 10ft by 10ft and the outer lift is 20ft by 20ft. When the show begins, the lifts are pre-set which allows for Adele to sneak onto the stage without prematurely revealing to the audience which stage she will be on.

For the song “Set Fire to the Rain” TAIT provided the rain catchment, made of special splash matting with an aluminium grating that catches the rain at the bottom of the stage and drains the water to tanks below. This catchment has become infamous for the Adele Tour.

The entire show was run on TAIT’s proprietary automation software platform, TAIT Navigator. The platform controls the lifts, the roll drops on B stage and the Austrian curtain on main stage.
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 “TAIT is great, they support us whenever we have any needs and put out a very good product for the automation industry, Navigator is the best tool out there.” – Rick Berger, Head of Automation, Adele Tour

The stages were built using TAIT’s patented MagDecks and the main stage used its new rock wood and grey vinyl surfacing. The main stage incorporates a rolling subdeck to allow backline and technicians to set before the stage rolls and to be hidden during the show. The objective of providing the rolling subdeck is to maintain a clean, polished look. The proscenium is a stacked assembly of equipment. TAIT’s Austrian truss supports the proscenium lightbox on the downstage and a set of tracks for blackout curtains on the upstage.  The Austrian curtain (which is two separate systems synced by TAIT Navigator) uses a trough system to collect the material as it opens up – again to maintain a clean look instead of seeing the fabric pile up and swag between lines. The B-stage lifts have equipment tucked below them; three scissor lifts, four water tanks, lift controllers, stairs, and also open space for Adele to move through and aboard the lift pre-show.

“The end product put Adele in the perfect environment. It gives the audience a lot to see and feel. It enables a clever interactive experience that is professional and polished. The audience, no matter where they are sitting, is a part of the show.” – James “Winky” Fairorth

Fun Facts: The hydraulic pump was located backstage to elimate noise, and run 300 gallons of hose daily, to run the lifts without taking away from the show. TAIT designed and manufactured the stage and set in five weeks.
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