See the 14-hour work days that went into twenty one pilots’ Takeøver Tour

In the latest episode of their Takeøver Tour Series, twenty one pilots’ production team detail what went into the making of each show…

See the 14-hour work days that went into twenty one pilots’ Takeøver Tour
Emily Carter

As twenty one pilots prepare to hit the road this year on both their European Takeøver Tour and U.S. Icy Tour, the band have shared another episode of their on-the-road video series, taking a look at what goes into every show.

In episode six of the Takeøver Tour Series, their lighting director Shap reveals that it took "six weeks straight" to programme the gigs, with the key feature of the tour being that twenty one pilots would be playing multiple gigs per city – building up from intimate venues to huge arenas, with different production and setlists each night.

“One of the most unique things about the Takeøver Tour is we do a different level, a different room, every night in one city," explains Shap (via Alt 98.7). "So we’ll do a 500-cap room on the first night, then a 1,500-cap room the next night, 4,000-cap room the next night, and an arena the last night.

"For most departments it doesn’t change that much. We still have drums, we still have the mic and piano, things like that, but for lighting it changes every night. Everything changes. It’s all about what you can fit in the room."

Shap continues: "So, we have basically four different show files, and we had to design four different kinds in the time it takes to normally do one. We programmed all four of them six weeks straight, about 14 hours a day, with limited breaks. We had to do it all in two months because once the COVID restrictions were removed, we found out we were going."


Watch the full episode below:

Catch twenty one pilots live at the following dates this year:


17 Netherlands Pinkpop Festival
18 Germany Hurricane Festival
19 Germany Southside Festival
21 London Camden Assembly
22 London O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
23 London O2 Academy Brixton
25 London SSE Arena, Wembley
30 Poland Open'er Festival


2 Belgium Rock Werchter
3 France Main Square Festival
6 Spain Mad Cool Festival
8 Ukraine Atlas Weekend
10 Russia Moscow2022
13 Czechia Colours Of Ostrava
13 – 17 Romania Electric Castle Festival


18 St Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center
20 Detroit, MI – Little Caesars Arena
21 Cincinnati, OH – Heritage Bank Arena
23 New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
24 Elmont, NY – UBS Arena
26 Montreal, Canada – Bell Centre
27 Toronto, Canada – Scotiabank Arena
30 Cleveland, OH – Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse
31 Pittsburgh, PA – PPG Paints Arena


2 Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center
3 Washington, DC – Capital One Arena
4 Charlotte, NC – Spectrum Center
7 Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
9 Kansas City, MO – T-Mobile Center
10 St Louis, MO – Enterprise Center
13 Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
16 Phoenix, AZ – Talking Stick Resort Arena
17 Anaheim, CA – Honda Center
18 San Francisco, CA – Chase Center
20 Salt Lake City, UT – Vivint Smart Home Arena
22 Portland, OR – Moda Center
24 Seattle, WA – Climate Pledge Arena

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