Here’s How A One Direction Live Show Is Made
One Direction have been on tour for what seems like the majority of their career. Because of this -- a lack of a real break -- the basis behind their stage show has remained largely the same, but once they transitioned from arenas to stadiums, they had no choice but to expand things on a wider scale. That's where art direction comes in.
Kate Moross, One Direction's art director, explained the process that went into creating the visual elements behind the group's On The Road Again Tour, saying she hand-drew certain phrases of the band’s lyrics in different styles to be projected onscreen throughout the show. Add that to the lighting cues and physical stage set-up, and there's a whole lot of work that goes into planning a 90-minute set.
When you consider that seeing One Direction in concert feels less like you're going to watch one of the biggest pop acts in the world perform and more like you're watching a bunch of wild rabbits run around an open field, it's easy to forget all the work that goes into the surrounding elements. Still, though, there are some cool graphics and lighting cues that take place, all perfectly timed within the confines of their 25-song setlist, and it's effort that deserves credit.
Not that 1D's laid-back performance is a bad thing, either: The powers-that-be have deemed One Direction's accessibility, their lack of polish, to be the group's true appeal -- and they're not wrong. This idea of authenticity has become increasingly important to fans, aligning with the rise of social media and the ability to connect, more than ever, on a more intimate level with their favorite celebrities. Keeping things basic has worked pretty well for One Direction.
Check out the above video to see the way Moross' vision transitioned into a huge stage production.
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