What venue is everyone hoping for in London?...

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What venue is everyone hoping for in London?...

Postby John Etherington » Sat Feb 23, 2008 2:09 am

My top three choices would be:

1. The Royal Festival Hall (perfectly located, great sound and excellent online ordering system).

2. Barbican (not so well located, but good on most other counts).

3. Royal Albert Hall (back to where it all began).

Just hoping it's not somewhere like Wembley Arena or O2 which are highly impersonal, a nightmare to get to, and where ticket purchase is usually difficult.

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Postby dharma » Sat Feb 23, 2008 2:48 am

All three of those venues are great, but I'm guessing the Barbican and Festival Hall are too small, so the Albert Hall seems the best option.

Hammersmith Apollo is another possible venue. Let's just hope it's not the O2 - a 20,000 seated arena is just too big.
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Re: What venue is everyone hoping for in London?...

Postby Joney » Sat Feb 23, 2008 3:24 am

My livingroom would be good!
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Postby Rabbit » Sat Feb 23, 2008 9:22 am

The Royal Albert Hall is my choice. It is, IMHO, the most beautiful of the three choices posed by John, and perfect for such a special occasion as a live performance by Leonard. Remember we may not see too many of them (who thought for a moment he would actually tour again?). The occasion deserves the very best venue.
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Postby jammymulligan » Sat Feb 23, 2008 12:13 pm

There is a report in yesterday's Irish Times that Leonard Cohen will play Dublin in June at The Royal Hospital Kilmainham. This building is an old British Army hospital and has a fabulous courtyard. The concert promoters have applied for permission to hold live shows at this venue,the dates mentioned are June 13 to 20 and its strongly suggested that Mr Cohen will play. It will be awesome and its near my birthday..yippee
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Re: What venue is everyone hoping for in London?...

Postby Suemerlyn » Sat Feb 23, 2008 2:02 pm

Well, apart from my living room too (Joney), I'd go for the Royal Albert - saw him there last time, a great venue, and pretty big, though getting tickets will not be a breeze..

I 100% agree with John that O2 or God forbid, Wembley, would be really awful. I'll add another awful - Brixton Academy...please not there!!

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Postby TJHobbs » Tue Feb 26, 2008 2:30 am

...and what song should he lead with? Something classic? Something "new"? I think your answer this question may be based on age; years listening; I want to hear/see him sing Joan of Arc; and I want a seat somewhere in the first 10 rows; probably too much to expect; anyone know the month he will be in London?
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Postby loulou » Tue Feb 26, 2008 3:00 am

Royal Albert Hall has my vote too - seems just right for him

(also agree with the others that the RFH and Barbican are unlikely as they are much smaller, I do like the RFH though as a venue in general andthe acoustics have been improved since the upgrade too

which month for London (well hoping for London) , i would guess at June
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Postby Gerry Smith » Tue Feb 26, 2008 3:18 pm

Preferred London venue:

Jazz Cafe. But rather unlikely - holds about 500.

Next best:

1. Roundhouse

2. Festival Hall

3. Barbican Hall

4. Shepherd's Bush Empire

5. Brixton Academy

6. Theatre Royal


Acceptable, but only just:

1. Hammersmith "whatever-it's-called-these-days"


Wild horses couldn't drag me, even for St Lenny:

1. O2

2. Wembley

3. Albert Hall - a dump with nasty acoustics - should be converted into an NCP car park
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Postby John Etherington » Wed Feb 27, 2008 12:28 am

Hi Gerry,

Do you know how many people the re-vamped Roundhouse holds? It seems unlikely it would be many.

I'm glad you're in agreement about The Royal Festival Hall and Barbican.

Brixton Academy is too ghastly to contemplate...even if Bob Dylan likes slumming it there.

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Postby Gerry Smith » Wed Feb 27, 2008 4:05 am

Hello John

Roundhouse holds abt 2,000 (standing). I went for first time last month (to see Morrissey) and was mightily impressed.

Acoustics, sight lines, services - food, bogs etc, high quality of the refurb - all are A1. Gig intimate though played to a biggish auditorium.

Roundhouse raises the game for London rockpop venues.

Here's hoping!
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Re: What venue is everyone hoping for in London?...

Postby loulou » Wed Feb 27, 2008 4:12 pm

i also like to roundhouse as a venue and have enjoyed seeing (and dancing to) Richard Hawley there.
I agree that it is raises the bar for rockpop as you say, but i don't think it is perfect for Leonard.
(and i couldn't see much at all standing downstairs on tippy toes, so the sightlines you mentioned might not work for all concerned depending on your height or where you stand)

just my 2ps worth...... :D
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Re: What venue is everyone hoping for in London?...

Postby jarkko » Wed Feb 27, 2008 4:40 pm

The summer leg of the 2008 tour is expected to go to very big venues only!
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Re: What venue is everyone hoping for in London?...

Postby dharma » Wed Feb 27, 2008 5:58 pm

jarkko wrote:The summer leg of the 2008 tour is expected to go to very big venues only!
So, if the Albert Hall is big, does this make the O2 "very big"? :?

Hmmm... I love this guessing game. :D
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Postby Paula » Wed Feb 27, 2008 8:09 pm

I really hope its the RAH. One of the solicitors where I work has two permanant seats there and he has promised me I can have them if I need them for the concert.

It did cost me a packet of chocolate biscuits but I feel it was worth the expense :lol:
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