Craig Hassall succeeds outgoing chief executive Chris Cotton after a record-breaking 2015, in which the hall achieved its highest-ever level of income per show
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"One of the most innovative jazz groups of recent decades" follow Dylan, Zeppelin, Hendrix and Suede in cutting a live LP at the world's busiest venue
By Jon Chapple on 31 Jul 2019
Snarky Puppy will record their debut Royal Albert Hall show on 14 November, the three-time Grammy Award winners becoming the latest in a long line of acts to cut a live album at the historic London venue.
The album will be produced by live recording specialist Live Here Now – formerly the live arm of Abbey Road Studios – whose previous Royal Albert Hall releases include Depeche Mode, Bring Me the Horizon, Nick Cave, Damon Albarn and Deep Purple’s Jon Lord. The full multi-channel recording will be mixed live in an outside broadcast truck, with limited-edition double CD available to fans as they leave the venue.
A wider range of formats are available for pre-order from Live Here Now’s online shop, including the double CD along with deluxe triple coloured vinyl, A3 art print and an A5 hardback photobook.
“We’re delighted to announce what will inevitably become another enduring Live at the Royal Albert Hall recording”
Lucy Noble, the 5,544-cap. venue’s artist director, comments: “We’re delighted to announce what will inevitably become another enduring Live at the Royal Albert Hall recording, marking the hall debut of one of the most innovative jazz groups of recent decades, the untouchable Snarky Puppy.”
The Royal Albert Hall, which once again picked up the venue award at the 25th Arthur Awards in March, has proven a popular venue for live recordings throughout its nearly 150-year history. Films of note include Peter Whitehead’s recording of Led Zeppelin in 1970 (eventually released on the 2003 Led Zeppelin DVD) and Adele’s Live at the Royal Albert Hall (2011), while live albums have included the Jimi Hendrix Experience, Bob Dylan, Iggy Pop, the Who, the Killers, Suede and the Cream reunion.
The Royal Albert Hall had its busiest year to date in 2018, hosting a record 401 shows in its main auditorium alone and cementing its status as the “world’s busiest venue”.
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