Adlib provides key services to The Specials’ Encore album tour

Adlib’s Tom Webber, utilizing an MA3 light console.
Steve Sroka
Adlib’s Tom Webber, utilizing an MA3 light console.

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Adlib provided design services, lighting, audio, custom drapes and staging elements for the most recent UK leg of The Specials’ Encore album tour.

For production manager Mike Darling, working with Adlib was a perfect solution - one company to provide a turnkey touring package.

Adlib’s Simon Pettitt was back as lighting designer, having lit the band since 2014.

Simon was also instrumental in developing the stage design, and he was joined by their regular audio engineers, Marcos Ferrari at FOH and Marina Martinez Sebastian on monitors.

Adlib’s lighting account handler was Dave Eldridge, while Phil Stoker looked after the audio.

Adlib offered the use of its full tour prepping facilities – a designated pre-production space in the company’s new Knowsley warehouse – to ensure that the production left the warehouse complete and ready to roll.

Adlib’s new pre-production space came in quite handy in the construction and development of the 'protest signs' and how they would integrate into the stage and backline setup, and simultaneous to this happening, lighting was being programmed in Adlib’s WYSIWYG suite.

Phil Stoker, director, Adlib said: “It was great to be back working with one of the most legendary bands of their time who are still going strong. We enjoy a great relationship with the Specials’ long-serving TM Mike Darling who trusts us to deliver on all levels for every act that he looks after, which has led to our involvement with some truly stunning live shows.”

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