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HALL, YEAH! The Royal Albert Hall sold 1.7 million tickets across 1,500 events in 2019, which included 391 shows in the main auditorium. (Christie Goodwin) Historic London venue is celebrating a big birthday, and no virus is going to stop it Imagine planning your birthday party, a year-long birthday party with entertainment every day that includes some of the biggest names in music. Imagine the organization this would require, the scheduling, the negotiations — in addition to producing the entire show yourself. And imagine that before the festivities ever begin, life as we know it comes to a standstill. That’s pretty much the situation the team of London’s Royal Albert Hall has found itself in. The iconic venue turns 150 on March 29, and the original idea was to celebrate this milestone beginning in November 2020 and lasting through all of 2021. A dedicated anniversary committee, chaired by UTA’s legendary […]
AGING GRACEFULLY: The Royal Albert Hall in London will turn 150 on March 29. (J Collinridge) Anniversary program’s curator reminisces as events are announced Craig Hassall, chief executive of London’s Royal Albert Hall, says he’s determined not to let COVID-19 interfere with celebrating the venue’s 150th anniversary. “Since its opening, this extraordinary venue has borne witness to, and played a central part in, seismic cultural and social change,” Hassall said Dec. 3 at the announcement of the initial program of events. “The interests, manners and social mores of the people may have changed, but this beautiful building and what it represents remains the same a century and a half later: a meeting place, a reflection of contemporary Britain, and a home for exhilarating live performance and events of international significance.” The celebration at the hall, which has a capacity of 5,272, will start in March and stretch into 2022. The announcement […]
Witnesses including musical composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, Melvin Benn of Festival Republic and Lucy Noble of the Royal Albert Hall told the U.K. Parliament on Tuesday that the live events sector needs a target date for resuming fully attended shows to give venues the opportunity to prepare for the return of audiences.
Royal Albert Home is the historic London venue’s new streaming concert series. Program continues after kickoff by Wainwright last week The Royal Albert Hall is streaming a season of free shows on its website directly from artists’ living rooms. The program will include performances by some artists whose Royal Albert Hall concerts were canceled because of the COVID-19 outbreak. Confirmed acts include the Cosmic Shambles Network show “Sea Shambles,” scheduled for May 17. Several artists with whom the Royal Albert Hall has worked also confirmed they will give a concert from their homes, including British singer-songwriter and cellist Ayanna Witter-Johnson, who headlined the Women and the Hall season, and tenor Alfie Boe, who has performed at the hall many times. Singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright kicked things off April 9, performing from his home near Los Angeles. Wainright reportedly performed for about 30 minutes and took some requests from the audience. He said […]
Pollstar Live! is going down Feb. 4-6 at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles. To prep for the three days of music business discussions, we present interviews with a couple of featured speakers. Lucy Noble, artistic and commercial director, Royal Albert Hall, London, and chair, U.K. National Arenas Association Panel: “An Update on the Global Venue Landscape” Other panelists: Michael Brill, D.Live CEO; Ashish Hemrajani, BookMyShow founder and CEO; James Taylor, Wembley Stadium senior commercial manager; John Boyle, Live Nation Japan president; and moderator Brian Kabatznik, Oak View Group EVP for international facilities. Interviewed by Gideon Gottfried Is Christmas/New Years traditionally a busy time for the Royal Albert Hall? Very much so. It’s always been busy, but in recent years it’s taken on a new scale as we’ve started promoting and producing all of the Christmas season ourselves. During the monthlong Christmas season, which included several triple-show days, we welcomed more […]