Metallica smash more attendance records with WorldWired tour
Not content with breaking Muse’s attendance record at The O2, Metallica have smashed box-office records across the continent with the first half of the European leg of their WorldWired tour.
The tour kicked off with two record-smashing shows at the Ziggo Dome (17,000-cap.) arena in Amsterdam in September, attracting 16,853 and 16,856 fans on 4 and 6 September, respectively, before continuing to break attendance records at Paris’s AccorHotels Arena (18,896), Cologne’s Lanxess Arena (18,446 and 18,483), London’s The O2 (22,211), Glasgow’s SSE Hydro (13,111), Manchester Arena (20,048), Birmingham’s Genting Arena (15,604) and Antwerp’s Sportpaleis (22,616 and 22,626).
A total of 262,690 people have attended so far.
The Live Nation-promoted European leg of the WorldWired tour – its 11th and last – continues until May 2018, resuming at Lisbon’s MEO Arena (20,000-cap.) on 1 February.
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Sound plan for Portugal’s #1 arena
The MEO Arena, Portugal’s biggest indoor arena and the joint-sixth-largest in Europe, is undergoing a revamp of its acoustics.
Owner-operator Arena Atlântico says the project, which relies “exclusively on Portugese know-how”, aims to reduce reverberation time in the arena’s main hall by 50%.
The work will be undertaken by acoustic specialist Jocavi, architect Regino Cruz and the arena’s technical team and involve the installation of a surrounding absorbing element around the hall’s perimeter, acoustic panels in certain areas of the technical towers and thousands of small absorbing panels in the stands.
“This is the first step in our continuous effort to bring the acoustics of the hall to its very best”
Phase one of the project, which will aim initially to reduce reverberation by between 28% and 33%, will be completed in two months, with phase two to follow after its completion and testing. The work will not affect upcoming concerts or events.
Arena Atlântico CEO Jorge Vinha da Silva says the renovation is “the first step in our continuous effort to bring the acoustics of the hall to its very best”.
The MEO, as part of the European Arenas Association (EAA), had a positive 2015, with a total attendance of 14,030,355 across the group’s entire membership.