The venue specifically bans all filming.
Adele was trying to perform at the Arena di Verona in Verona, Italy on Sunday night (May 29th 2016), but found herself distracted by a person in the crowd filming the entire show on a video camera that was set up with a tripod. It's safe to say, she didn't let it slide.
Adele won't stand for filming at her show
Currently on her world tour, Adele made a stop in Italy for a sell-out open-air concert. However, as she transitioned between songs, she noticed a woman catching her whole performance on camera. Never been one to bottle up her feelings, she berated the woman and reminded her that many fans couldn't even get into the venue.
'I wanna tell that lady, can you stop filming me with a video camera? Because I'm really here in real life, you can enjoy it in real life rather than through your camera', she said, ironically, in a video captured by another member of the audience. 'Could you take your tripod down? This isn't a DVD, this is a real show and I'd really like you to enjoy my show because there's lots of people outside that couldn't come in.'
Many have blasted Adele for singling out the woman, a probable fan, and embarrassing her in front of thousands of people given that many concert-goers think nothing of capturing such a special moment as a live concert on film. However, others have pointed out that if the person filming had such a set up as a professional camera and tripod, they possibly had ulterior motives for shooting the performance, such as piracy.
Most venues allow photos and filming on mobile phones and small cameras these days, but specifically ban professional equipment (like tripods, boom mics etc.). On the other hand, the regulations for the Arena di Verona seem to make far fewer exceptions. 'It is forbidden to take photos of the performance, with or without flash, or to make any audio or video recording without prior authorization', the spectator information on the website reads.
So, was Adele right to pick on one member of the audience for filming when thousands of others were there shooting the moment on their phones?