Live Nation reopening New York City’s Irving Plaza

Popular venue reopens after multi-million dollar renovation with series of 40+ concerts

Live Nation is reopening Irving Plaza, one of New York City’s most beloved venues, after an extensive multi-million dollar renovation of the historic venue. To kick things off right, over 40 shows are confirmed as part of the venue’s grand reopening. Ashley McBryde will be the first artist to perform on Tuesday, August 17th as part of her new This Town Talks theater tour. Other upcoming concerts include Ben Folds, JP Saxe, Jesse McCartney, and others.

After closing in 2019 for renovations, the fully restored Irving Plaza is ready to host 1,200 fans with improved sightlines, state-of-the-art sound/lights and world-class production. Live Nation focused on enhancing the overall concert experience throughout the venue for both artists and fans while maintaining the venue’s 19th century charm.

Irving Plaza has been a NYC landmark since 1978, presenting iconic artists and emerging talent across all genres for more than 50 years. From punk to alternative, indie to hip-hop, rock to pop, the venue has been a must-play stop on tours and for special performances, including Sir Paul McCartney, The Foo Fighters, U2, Green Day, Ariana Grande, The Ramones, Nine Inch Nails, Childish Gambino, Katy Perry, Eminem, Nas, and many others.

“We are excited to reveal our grand reopening series of shows and look forward to reopening our doors and bringing live music back to New York City. It will be great to finally be able to reconnect music fans with their favorite artists, especially here in this beautifully restored room,” shares Geoff Gordon, Regional President, Live Nation. “Irving Plaza is filled with incredible music memories and these spectacular renovations will allow us to host even more amazing concerts.”

New additions include an upscale VIP Lounge with private bar and balcony level boxes that offer unobstructed views of the stage enabling fans the best seats in the house. To ensure the artist’s experience is just as premium as the fans, two fully renovated balcony level artist dressing rooms feature direct stage access and an adjacent green room with a private bathroom and amenities. The expanded lobby and bar area provide a new space for multifunctional use, including artist merchandise, meet and greets, or for individually curated events.

Irving Plaza now boasts next-generation Cisco Wifi 6 for faster and more reliable social connectivity for fans who want to share their experience with their friends and followers during a performance.

The Irving Plaza Grand Reopening Series of Shows include: Middle Kids on Monday, September 20th; The Black Dahlia Murder on Sunday, October 10th; Lotus on Friday, October 15th; Kevin Gates on Tuesday, October 19th; State Champs on Thursday, October 21st; The Record Company on Monday, October 25th; Armor for Sleep on Friday, November 5th; Ruston Kelly on Wednesday, November 10th; Elder Island on Thursday, November 11th; Pouya on Saturday, November 13th; Jesse McCartney on Monday, November 15th; The Lemonheads on Tuesday, November 23rd; The Slackers on Saturday, December 18th; Lagwagon on Sunday, December 19th; Mother Mother on Wednesday, February 2nd. Tickets on Sale on Thursday, May 20th at 10 am ET.

Tickets for the following shows are on sale Friday, May 21st at 10 am ET. Ashley McBryde on Tuesday, August 17th; Guided By Voices on Friday, September 10th; Ben Folds on Sunday, September 12th; J.I. on Thursday, September 16th; City Morgue on Saturday, October 30th; JP Saxe on Saturday, November 6th; Jelly Roll on Friday, November 19th; lovelytheband & Sir Sly on Wednesday, December 1st; Juice on Friday, December 10th; Ripe on Thursday, December 30th and on Friday, December 31st; K. Flay on Thursday, February 17th; INHALER on Thursday, March 10th; Knuckle Puck on Friday, March 11th.

Tickets for the following shows will be announced at a later date: Colter Wall on Saturday, September 11th; Andy Mineo on Sunday, October 3rd; The Struts on Friday, October 8th; Toadies & Rev Horton Heat on Sunday, October 17th; Governors Ball Presents Princess Nokia on Sunday, October 24th; Envy On The Coast on Sunday, November 21st; The Jungle Giants on Friday, February 25th; Relient K on Friday, March 18th; Moonchild on Saturday, April 2nd; Haken & Symphony X on Tuesday, May 10th; and The Dead South on Saturday, May 21st.

Tickets for all Irving Plaza shows will be available via Ticketmaster.

The Irving Plaza can adjust its configuration from a 1,200 standing-room only experience to an intimate 400-seat theatre to accommodate a wide-variety of performances. Irving Plaza also features a colorful array of distinctive private event spaces for hosting corporate events, filmings, product launches, fundraisers, and more.

Buddy Iahn
Buddy Iahn

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