Rapper Stormzy performing on runway with pyro elements and fire LED backdrop

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Heavy is the Head Tour

Asset Coordination
Machinery Automation
Show Development & Production

The challenge was enormous: craft a stage design that matched the energy and dynamism of grime superstar Stormzy's sophomore album, Heavy is the Head, and do it in just three weeks. Conceived and designed by Chris ‘Bronski’ Jablonski of TAWBOX and STUFISH’s vastly experienced Ric Lipson, TAIT answered the call, drawing on our extensive inventory of configurable staging and automation solutions to get the show up and running quickly and sustainably.

Opening the show with “Big Michael”, the main video walls parted to reveal Stormzy on our flown ‘magic carpet’ platform, which gradually lowered him to the stage via our custom-built aluminum rake with video tiles.
Rapper Stormzy performing on stage with cheering crowd and spotlights in front of a huge LED wall with chrome hand

Image provided by Andrew Timms

Rapper Stormxy performing on stage with gold chandelier gold lighting in front of a cross and globe with pyro effects

image provided by Andrew Timms

A mix of standard and grille decks formed the main stage and thrust, allowing Stormzy to connect with his fans up close. We emphasized the urban aesthetic with a graffiti-themed scenic floor and edge trim, extending to DJ risers and screamer platforms.
Rapper Stormzy performing on stage with gold lighting with screens on either side of himself and cheering crowd

image provided by Andrew Timms

The tour's success solidified Stormzy's place as one of UK grime’s most bankable stars, with BBC News calling the performance “a lavish, no-corners-cut, stage and light show that asserts Stormzy's status as the country's biggest rapper.”

Production Manager
Joel Stanley
Tour Manager
Trevor Williams at Tour Music Live
Creative Directors
Amber Rimell and Bronski at TAWBOX
Ric Lipson at STUFISH
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