Irving Plaza to close for renovation later this year

Kreator thrashing Irving Plaza in 2017 by Ignacio Orellana

New York City’s legendary Irving Plaza is scheduled to temporarily shutter later this year (for a total of eight months) so the venue can undergo a massive multi-million dollar upgrade.

Here’s full info from a Live Nation press release:

Irving Plaza, the 150-year-old iconic venue and host to a galaxy of legendary performers including Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, The Foo Fighters, Paul McCartney, Dave Matthews Band, The Talking Heads, The Clash, The Ramones, Radiohead and more will close this summer for eight months as part of a dramatic multi-million dollar makeover intended to transform the landmark performance hall with numerous upgrades and renovations throughout the building, it was announced by Live Nation’s Clubs & Theaters division.

Following a complete renovation of the property located in the Union Square neighborhood, improvements will include contemporary revamps of the lobby area and the music hall, new bars on all levels of the venue, the addition of a downstairs VIP lounge, and remodeling of the mezzanine including a new box-seating section configuraton located on the mezzanine.

Executive Vice President, Live Nation Clubs & Theaters, Arich Berghammer said, “We’re thrilled to embark on a dramatic renovation of one the world’s most treasured music venues. When we unveil these experiental upgrades—both artists and fans will enjoy an unparalleled musical experience.”

Building owner representative Mark Chroscielewski said, “The Polish Army Veterans Association has developed a deep bond with Live Nation, which goes beyond a landlord/tenant relationship. It is fitting that in the year that Poland celebrates its 100th anniversary of regaining its independence that District 2 and Live Nation have entered into an even closer long-term relationship to upgrade Irving Plaza to its original elegance and grandeur.”

Upcoming shows on the schedule include Sick of it All, La Armada, Snapcase and Slapshot on June 8 [TIX], Duff McKagan and Shooter Jennings on June 3 [TIX], Animals As Leaders and The Contortionist on May 21 [TIX], Basement, Nothing and Teenage Wrist on May 15 [TIX], and much more.

One can assume Irving Plaza’s not-too-far-away sister venue Gramercy Theatre will be quite busy with shows during this transformation. We also can’t forget that Union Square’s Webster Hall (booked by AEG) is set to re-open in April, following their heavy renovation which started after the venue closed in summer of 2017.

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