Just before news broke in the papers, we told our Club Popbitch subscribers on Monday the real reason Adele’s Vegas show got cancelled was because she hated the set design – particularly the big swimming pool that set designer Esmerelda Devlin had plonked on the stage (Adele’s response on seeing it: “I ain’t getting in no empty pond and I ain’t doing the whole show in water.”)
This isn’t the first time Es Devlin’s ideas have been met with disapproval by the talent. One of Es’s more notable contributions to Beyoncé’s Formation tour was a huge, inflatable lotus flower. The lotus motif was part of the tour’s aesthetic, but Es’s giant inflatable caused big problems. Mostly on account of the fact that, on the occasions it worked, it looked like a humungous fanny.
FYI: A good rule of thumb for telling how well things are going on an Es Devlin production? When things are peachy, she’s billed as “Creative Director”. When they get tense, she suddenly starts being described as “Set Designer”.