THE MUCH ANTICIPATED ARENA...
A concert and sporting venue that is worthy of events of international importance: the Arena Bordeaux Métropole- designed by Rudy Ricciotti- officially opens its doors in early 2018.
It has been many years in the waiting, perhaps even since 1981, when its predecessor opened: the futuristic Mériadeck ice-skating rink, which has a reputation for difficult acoustics. With twenty possible layouts that can hold somewhere between 2500 and 11,300 people, the Arena Bordeaux Métropole is designed to offer the best conditions for events and productions that bring in large crowds. Its outer shell of white concrete also denotes the deployment of the ‘Euratlantique’ redevelopment project which includes Bordeaux’s right bank; its pebble-like curves give it a delicate look in the daytime, while at night it shines out, with its bay windows lighting up to look like sound levels on a mixing desk. Rudy Ricciotti- a major French architect and engineer- is the creator, and here he achieves a dreamlike functionalism. The list of the first acts performing, both prestigious and eclectic, is equally dreamy, put together by Lagardère Unlimited Live Entertainment, who also manage the equipment. By way of proof, Depeche Mode will be the venue’s opening act on 24th January, before leaving the stage to Charles Aznavour three days later. Afterwards, Vitalic, Feder and Petit Biscuit will be performing for a celebration of electro.
Jérôme Langlet is the director of Lagardère Unlimited Live Entertainment (LULE). He will also run the Arena in Bordeaux, thus marking the importance of this venue for the Lagardère group.
Where did the idea for the Arena Bordeaux Métropole come from?
We already operate several venues (1), but for us this was our first time as a contracting authority. The project has been carried out in a harmonious relationship with all parties, delivered while strictly respecting deadlines and budgets. It was also a real pleasure to work with Rudy Ricciotti. There were no concessions in obtaining the best in terms of the welcome and comfort of the audience, and he listened to our operating concerns. We will see now if the Arena’s daily activity will justify our choices. But I’m not worried. The trials have shown the venue to have high quality acoustics.
LULE also produces shows, are they given priority?
They’re two different jobs, with the success of an artistic project on one side, and the management of a venue on the other. We take the artist into account and what sort of environment suits them. We are happy to work with other producers, hosting tours for their artists and we work with companies which, like us,
produce shows and manage equipment.
How do you go about booking acts?
For venues of this size, we don’t look for a particular artistic dimension; that is determined by the national and international tour calendar. But, in the end, eclecticism is the key word, we want something for every audience: Musical comedies, popular music, current music, the circus, one man shows, ballets, etc. At the heart of our bookings, there are also sporting and “corporate” events, and potential regional events. For example, we are working with the Bordeaux SMAC (2) on a shared production. In
total, at the very least we book over a hundred dates per year. Bordeaux Métropole Arena Avenue Jean Alfonséa in Floirac www.bordeauxmetropolearena.com
1- Folies Bergères, Casino de Paris, Zénith de Paris, Bataclan, Arena du Pays d’aix 2- Scène de Musiques Actuelles, label awarded by the Ministry of Culture to venues that promote current music. In Bordeaux the SMAC includes Rock et chanson, Krakatoa, Rocher de Palmer and Rock School Barbey.
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