Live Nation Belgium has acquired venue operator Antwerps Sportpaleis, which runs the 23,000-cap. Sportpaleis arena, among others
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Taking place on 12 March, the Antwerp arena's stunt will mark exactly one year since concert halls closed due to the outbreak of Covid-19
By IQ on 26 Feb 2021
Antwerp Sportpaleis is organising a 24-hour non-stop livestream concert to mark exactly one year since concert halls closed due to the outbreak of Covid-19.
More than 100 Belgian artists, across all genres, will perform original and cover songs in the empty 18,400-seat arena to show that they are ‘ready to storm stages again’.
Miguel Wiels is part of talent and production agency Les Flamands and one of the artists who will perform on the night: “After a year, the jitters can no longer be kept. Everyone in the industry wants to make music, well, we’re going to do that with my band.
“We have a setlist of more than 400 songs available”
“It’s heartwarming how many artists have voluntarily agreed to play with us. We have a setlist of more than 400 songs available. It’s going to be a long marathon and we probably won’t have enough of it after 24 hours. On the contrary: it is an advance when we will also be able to stand in front of a live audience. That moment is getting closer, we have every confidence in it. This stunt is a good dress rehearsal for that.”
Prime minister Jan Jambon, says: “We have had the most disastrous year in the history of our culture and events sector. I am very happy to contribute to 24 Hours Live. Because that’s what we have to do: let the music go on, no matter how difficult the circumstances. I hope that we will soon be able to resume our normal life.”
Sportpaleis recently raised €50,000 for Belgium’s live music industry through its Lights for Live fundraising initiative.
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