In 2017, Lorde launched her second studio album, Melodrama, performed at Coachella Music Festival and was nominated at the Grammy’s for Album of the Year. The only thing that could top a trailblazing year like that was to kick off 2018 with the Melodrama World Tour.
To meet Lorde’s ‘less-is-more’ approach, the TAIT stage remained relatively bare until later in her set when a 20 ft. long see-through container rose from underneath the stage. The container structure was initially fabricated by TAIT for Lorde’s performance at Coachella Music Festival in 2017 and designed by Es Devlin. After proving to be an innovative way to transform her set and choreography into a whole new setting, Lorde gave Production Manager, Robin Scott, the ‘Green Light’ to collaborate with TAIT, once again, to bring the iconic container on tour.
Since its appearance at Coachella, TAIT refurbished the 3,700 lb. container to meet the new design and scope from Lorde’s new team for the Melodrama World Tour. While it’s shape and size remain the same, the 20 ft. long container now utilizes 4 Nav Hoists. The Nav Hoists can travel 14 ft. higher and tilt 10 degrees further above the stage than the scissor lifts used for Coachella.
As Lorde slays, TAIT Navigator cues the Nav Hoists to lower their chains to an onstage roadie (not seen by the public eye) who attaches them to the container. When attached TAIT Navigator cues the container to lift a total 22 ft. above the stage while dancers perform inside.
The hazy, LED-lit container is capable of lifting up to seven performers as well as tilt at a 10-degree angle. When unoccupied, it tilts up to 30 degrees. Additionally, the container has three hatch doors allowing Lorde and her dancers to enter and exit throughout her set. During her final song, rope ladders descend from the container doors for her dancers to climb up and perform in the container one last time as Lorde sang and danced on stage.