London’s Alexandra Palace venue normally holds 10,400 people, but for its next concert it will hold just one artist and his crew. Nick Cave is the artist: with his 33-date European tour bumped to 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, he’s going to be performing solo at the venue, for a ticketed ‘Idiot Prayer: Nick Cave Alone at Alexandra Palace’ livestream. Note, Cave’s performance was filmed in June, but the online streaming event will be on 23 July – so this is an online concert-film premiere rather than a ‘livestream’ in the usual sense of the word.
The 90-minute performance will be streamed at three times on that day to suit fans in different timezones: Australia and Asia first, then UK and Europe, and finally North and South America. “The film will be streamed as a live experience, and will not be available to view online following the event. Please note during the event you will not be able to pause, rewind or fast forward the stream,” explained ticketing firm Dice, which is selling the £16 tickets for the event.
Cave shares a management company (ATC) with Laura Marling, who recently livestreamed two performances from the Union Chapel venue in London – also via Dice – selling 6,500 tickets to fans in Europe and the US.
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