An OPENING DATE has been announced for Brighton’s historic Hippodrome… and Fatboy Slim wants to be the first to perform.
The theater on Middle Street will open its doors on November 22, 2024, The Argus can reveal.
The Hove DJ has confirmed that he wants to play at the opening.
The restoration works are in full swing after the Matsim Group bought the building in October 2020.
And now construction plans have been submitted and a fixed opening date has been set.
The date was chosen as November marks 60 years since the last live performance at the venue. It was believed to be Chuck Berry – but organizers are hoping Argus readers can confirm that.
Speaking of the opening date, which was only confirmed yesterday afternoon, Hippodrome Public Relations Manager Bill Murray said: “Norman has confirmed that he wants to play and we are now hoping to book him.
“We are planning a ‘Best of Brighton’ week.
“Each night will showcase the best of different genres, hopefully starting with Fatboy Slim, accompanied by a selection of other big local acts and DJs.
“Then come nights of comedy, music, cabaret and burlesque, jazz and classical, a week of local music and performances for the people of Brighton and Hove to enjoy being back in the fabulous Auditorium.”
When The Argus visited the Hippodrome on Tuesday, a gold trim was carefully fitted following the installation of a new roof earlier in the year.
The finished hall will have a capacity of around 1,500.
The Hippodrome first opened in 1896 but fell into disrepair after it closed in 2006.
Throughout its life, the space has been used as an ice rink, a circus, and even a bingo hall in later years.
But perhaps most notably was when the Hippodrome was home to rock ‘n’ roll royalty in the mid-’60s.
In 1964 the Beatles played twice and the Rolling Stones played three times.
The Rolling Stones were photographed crammed into a tiny space backstage – an image on which designers based the dressing room restoration.
As part of his plans, Matsim is applying for an alcohol license, which the venue held from 1898 until it closed in 2006.
Matsim intends to use the space for a variety of purposes – for live music events, cabaret shows and comedy nights – but hopes to entice people to see the incredible, history-filled space by offering food and drink during the day.
https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/20588981.fatboy-slim-hopes-headline-brightons-hippodrome-opening-date/?ref=rss Fatboy Slim is hoping to headline the opening date at Brighton’s Hippodrome