As part of our series featuring venues involved in Independent Venue Week (Jan 23-29), Katie is covering a bunch of the London locations…
Name: Royal Albert Hall
Address: Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AP
Telephone No: 020 7589 3203
Date Founded: 1871
Capacity: 5,272 but varies depending on performance type
Brief History: The Royal Albert Hall is one of London’s most iconic buildings; opened in 1871 by Queen Victoria and dedicated to Prince Albert. The building continues to hold a variety of events from classical performances, ballet, tennis, and film screenings.
Personal Experience: Easily one of my favourite buildings in London. When I was very young my parents took me to see a performance, The 1812 Overture, and we sat in the choir right behind the band and it was incredible! In more recent years I have seen The Killers (a performance that was recorded for a DVD), and last year Bring Me The Horizon performed with a live orchestra, supported by one of my favourite bands PVRIS. I have also been on a architectural tour of the building which was fascinating and I would recommend very highly if you are into that sort of thing.
Notable Acts Played There: Rodriguez, Belle and Sebastian, Bring Me The Horizon, Heart, The Little Angels, The Damned, Iggy Pop, Bob Dylan, Art Garfunkel, 10CC.
Highlights Coming Up: The Who on 30 March and The Pretenders on 10 April.