Last week, Matt Bellamy said that Muse’s 2016 tour will be his band’s version of Pink Floyd’s The Wall tour, and now production designer Oli Metcalfe and tour director Glen Rowe have revealed some of what fans can look forward to seeing on the trek.
“We’ve been able to work with a company in the Netherlands that have written a piece of software that can control a whole swarm of drones,” Metcalfe tells NME. “So we’re programming them in a different way. They’re not manned, they’re not manned vehicles as in somebody with a controller. They’re controlled by a computer system and tracking system.”
The pair also revealed that the stage will be “Like a double headed arrow.”
“It spans the length of the arena,” Metcalfe says of the design. “It’s quite narrow but more importantly for the audience it’s low, so the band will be playing in an intimate space, and have a good relationship in terms of distance from their audience.”
Rowe explains, “When a boxing match is staged in an arena you think it’s tiny – a little postage stamp in the middle of this huge arena arena. So we thought, let’s make a tiny stage in the middle of the arena so it’s a small circle with two runways with what you call a hammerhead at each end, where things can pop up and we can make technology work. The whole circle moves one revolution per hour. The idea is Matt starts there and an hour later he comes back, so in the show everyone sees him [up close] twice.”