Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Live Nation buys The Ritz, plans million dollar renovation

Chvrches @ The Ritz in April
Photo by Kevin Norris
If you, like us, have been wondering why so many shows scheduled to happen at The Ritz in Raleigh and booked by local clubs Cat's Cradle and Lincoln Theatre have recently been moved to other venues, we now know why.

The Independent is reporting that massive concert promoter Live Nation has purchased the club and plans to spend a million dollars renovating the club. The HVAC has already been replaced and they've updated the interior, bars and backstage area. There are plans to address the sound issues with the room and install permanent sound and lighting rigs. The capacity of the club is supposed to be 2,000 when all the changes are made and Live Nation plans to present at least 80 show a year there.

Check out more information about the changes as well as local takes on how the purchase will affect other venues in the area in the original Independent story linked above. Check out The Ritz's current concert schedule below.

The Ritz schedule
11.16.14 - Lecrae w/ Andy Mineo & DJ Promote
11.30.14 - The 1975 w/ Cruisr & Young Rising Sons
12.18.14 - Chase Rice w/ Old Dominion

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