Glasgow Hydro’s first concert to be delayed
The Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC) insisted however that the move was as a result of securing Rod Stewart for the opening concert on September 30 and not because of any construction delays.
As a result the Andrea Bocelli concert scheduled for Sunday September 15 will now be postponed until Saturday November 23.
Peter Pan - The Never Ending Story, which had been due to be held in The Hydro from September 27 to 29, has now been moved to Hall 4 in the SECC.
A spokeswoman for the SECC said: “The original timescale for our opening programme has now changed and, as a consequence, Andrea Bocelli’s performance, scheduled to take place in The Hydro on September 15 2013, has been rescheduled to Saturday November 23 2013 and Peter Pan - The Never Ending Story, scheduled to take place on September 27-29 in The Hydro, has been moved to Hall 4 in the SECC. All tickets will remain valid and will be available in due course.
“We are truly grateful to the artists, management, cast and producers for their co-operation in this matter, and in particular for accommodating the exciting opening programme planned for The Hydro.”
Ticket-holders wrote on the Facebook site of the venue to express their disappointment at the announcement.
Martin Watson wrote: “Was expecting a much bigger act to open what will be a great venue for Glasgow. Not what I was expecting after all the hype.”
Alexander Young added: “Bit of a joke since lots of people including myself have already made arrangements for Andrea Bocelli. Maybe tickets shouldnt be sold if they are doubts regarding dates....”
Chrissi McAlpine added: “Obvious for months it wasn’t going to open on time, been following the updates on Skyscrapercity, seats were meant to be installed in Feb, by 16th April there still wasn’t one seat in the place! So that was them already 2 months behind.”
At the weekend, the SECC denied newspaper reports that the 12,000-seater venue, sponsored by Scottish Hydro, was two months behind schedule because of an ongoing dispute with construction company Lend Lease.
A spokeswoman said: “We have always maintained that the venue would be ready to open for business in September and that remains the case.
“Andrea Bocelli was never intended to be the first concert, but negotiations with the opening artists have taken some time to organise given their tour and other commitments. We will still be ready to open with Rod Stewart at this fantastic new venue in September.”
The 68-year-old star returned to the top of the charts for the first time in 34 years at the weekend with new album Time and he will finish his UK tour with his performance at The Hydro.
When it was announced, the singer said: ‘’I have been looking forward to this as I’ve watched The Hydro take shape. 2013 is a momentous year for me.
“I cannot wait to get back to Scotland and perform in front of a live audience at this spectacular venue.”
The venue will also host some Commonwealth Games events next year.