Times are a-changin' in terms of live music venues in NYC. We're losing Sin-e, which in its original incarnation held legendary performances by the late Jeff Buckley. Tonic is also closing its doors, as neighboring luxury condos continue to consume the block. At least one spot, Irving Plaza, is getting a fresh start here in the Big Apple.
Beginning on April 11, Irving Plaza will begin its life as The Fillmore New York At Irving Plaza. Confused? No need to be. Massive concert promoter and venue owner Live Nation is taking the name and vibe from the legendary San Francisco spot The Fillmore, and is transplanting that into New York City. Besides the name change, we can expect fresh apples for a pre-concert snack as well as a greeter at the door to inform concert goers about upcoming shows. Doesn't really sound like a New York venue, does it?
There will be some cosmetic changes to the ol' Irving Plaza, including a fresh coat of deep red paint, refurbished chandeliers, vintage posters, etc. Over the summer it will also receive upgrades to the sound and lighting systems, which will be a very welcome change. Lily Allen will be the first artist to take the stage in the new venue, and we are anxious to see if these improvements are all that noticeable.
Hey Philadelphia, apparently you are next in the Fillmore-ization of Live Nation venues.