Mark Graham will take charge of the iconic venue in 2017
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The world-famous Blackpool Tower Ballroom has a renewed taste for live music after hosting The 1975's recent Radio 1 Live Lounge show
By Jon Chapple on 26 Oct 2016
The UK’s largest ballroom is inviting artists and promoters to take advantage of its “stunning acoustics” and “unique features” as it seeks to bolster its live music credentials.
The Blackpool Tower Ballroom – known to most non-ballroom dancing enthusiasts as a (Strictly) Come Dancing venue – recently hosted the finale of the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge tour, which saw The 1975 playing with the 60-piece BBC Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and its general manager tells IQ he’s keen for the venue, which has a capacity of 2,500 for concerts, to host more events of a similar nature.
“The ballroom produces such a wonderful sound that it makes a perfect concert hall, with a real uniqueness”
Kenny Mew, who describes the ballroom (pictured) as an “amazing space with […] amazing architectural features, stunning acoustics and the latest technical specifications”, comments: “The 1975’s Live Lounge performance in the Blackpool Tower Ballroom was fantastic, and we hope to welcome more live music artists to the venue in the future.
“The ballroom produces such a wonderful sound that it makes a perfect concert hall, with a real uniqueness.”
The Tower Ballroom, which opened in 1894, is situated at the base at Eiffel-inspired Blackpool Tower in the English seaside town of the same name. It is jointly operated by Blackpool Council and Merlin Entertainments.
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