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Odd Future @ Hammerstein Ballroom - 3/20/2012
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As you may have noticed when Bowery Presents announced an Odd Future show at Hammerstein Ballroom, the big NYC venue is no longer exclusive to Live Nation. The room also received a technology uprade. Venues today reports...

One of New York's iconic theaters is being retooled into a HD broadcast-capable concert facility, equipped to stream or broadcast any event live in beautiful 1080p.

The iconic Hammerstein Ballroom, built in 1906 and once a popular stop for vaudeville acts, is now home to a new revolution in performing arts -- the complete integration of a state-of-the-art broadcast and recording studio. Since 1997, the Hammerstein has been the anchor of the Manhattan Center, a television and music studio used to record musical performances for television, special concert events and other programming.

In December, the Manhattan Center made two large changes to open the space up to new clients. First, they ended Live Nation's exclusive booking contract for the facility, opening up the 3,500-capacity standing room concert hall to independent promoters and anyone interested in booking the building.

The Manhattan Center management team also completed the installation of TV1, a new fully HD recording studio that allows any content performed at the space to be streamed in HD, or digitally delivered for future distribution. The upgrades come on top of some physical improvements to the building including renovated dressing rooms and a new marquee.

Tickets are on sale now for AEG-presented Tenacious D show at Hammerstein Ballroom which we're also giving away a pair of tickets to.

A few more pictures from the Bowery-presented Odd Future show, below...

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Comments (34)

Linsanity does not approve of this Odd Future garbage. Kid tested, not Linsanity approved.

Posted by Anonymous | March 30, 2012 10:40 AM

Please odd future, go away.

Posted by Anonymous | March 30, 2012 10:43 AM

I think it's actually 3,900 (slightly bigger than Roseland) but I could be wrong. Always like going there though.

Posted by Anonymous | March 30, 2012 10:45 AM

This proudly brought to you by Bowery Presents.

Posted by Anonymous | March 30, 2012 10:46 AM

hate all you want, 'oldie' is a killer track.

"since i made it back to fahrenheit, grimey get dinero type / feral, fuckin' ill apparel wearin' pack of parasites / threw his own youth off the roof after paradise." -earl

Posted by <>< | March 30, 2012 10:48 AM

WHAT THE FUCK IS CAUTION / OFTEN I LEAVE YOU FLOSSIN' AND CAUSE EXES NEXT TO COFFINS

Posted by @1048 | March 30, 2012 10:51 AM

Best show at Hammerstein I've seen in the 90s : Radiohead in 1997

Best show at Hammerstein I've seen in the 2000s: Wilco in 2007

Yours?

Posted by Anonymous | March 30, 2012 10:52 AM

10:52 I saw Wolfmother at Hammerstein Ballroom in 2007. That was the best show I've ever been to in my life, ever.

Posted by Anonymous | March 30, 2012 10:54 AM

That Wilco show was fantastic. Enjoyed the Ryan Adams Halloween show, too.

Posted by Anonymous | March 30, 2012 10:55 AM

Hammerstein > Roseland

Is it just me or is it always really loud at Hammerstein? I usually earplug it when going there.

Posted by Anonymous | March 30, 2012 10:57 AM

Maybe now they will maybe finally have shows there with some frequency. Livenation neglected it a bunch...

Posted by Anonymous | March 30, 2012 10:58 AM

Kraftwerk '99 best show @ hammerstein

Posted by Anonymous | March 30, 2012 11:00 AM

You should earplug it at every show.

Posted by Anonymous | March 30, 2012 11:00 AM

I'm 1052am but I forgot about Portishead show last year!

So in the 2000s: Wilco in 2007 & Portishead in 2011:)

Sorry I couldn't pick...

Posted by Anonymous | March 30, 2012 11:02 AM

Damn didn't Kraftwerk play at Hammerstein in 2005 as well?

Posted by Anonymous | March 30, 2012 11:03 AM

So much potential, so few good shows here. Good work.

Posted by Anonymous | March 30, 2012 11:07 AM

Actually one of the few venues of that size I don't hate. Hopefully this means better bands skipping T5 to play here.

Posted by Anonymous | March 30, 2012 11:10 AM

YANNERSTEIN BALLROOM

Posted by Anonymous | March 30, 2012 11:57 AM

I am Trayvon Martin.

Posted by Anonymous | March 30, 2012 12:04 PM

100%

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Posted by Anonymous | March 30, 2012 12:08 PM

Why is it even people who dislike Odd Future make them seem like a big deal? Ooooh, they played Hammerstein! So?

Posted by Anonymous | March 30, 2012 12:18 PM

Favorite show for me was Joey Ramones' 50th birthday party.

Posted by Anonymous | March 30, 2012 12:23 PM

@1218 because they started an empire. they ain't even old enough to buy beer, they're tipsy off that soda pop.

Posted by Anonymous | March 30, 2012 1:35 PM

Blipsters. lolz

Posted by Anonymous | March 30, 2012 1:36 PM

NIN @ hammerstein one of the best shows i been too

Posted by Anonymous | March 30, 2012 1:50 PM

This is pretty awesome. I love the venue, but I rarely get to go there because its usually reserved for pretty big acts thats come around infrequently. Hopefully this also means that bands that were going to play terminal 5 will be booked at Hammerstein or Manhattan Center.

Posted by Anonymous | March 30, 2012 1:54 PM

Glad to see Hammerstein back on the map...certainly gives BP room to stop booking bands that can't fill T5...also...it prevents many shows from going straight to T5.

Posted by BLG | March 30, 2012 1:55 PM

Strike that...never knew T5 was only 3000 person capacity....ugh.

Well, i guess Hammerstein is still a better option even if these smaller bands can't sell it out.

Posted by BLG | March 30, 2012 1:56 PM

10:58 - I don't think Live Nation neglected booking at Hammerstein... I think they just couldn't book acts that draw enough to play there. Bowery has the up and coming and mid-level acts on lock, for the most part. They neglected developing relationships with new acts.

Posted by Anonymous | March 30, 2012 2:34 PM

So Hammerstein can be booked by anyone now huh?

Yeah, anyone who has $50-75K and might have to agree to a bar guarantee (cuz $35-50K isn't enough) to rent the place which is less than 1% of anyone out there who does shows in/around NYC

Bowery Presents, Live Nation, MSG Entertainment, and AEG Live will be the exclusive bookers without official exclusivity because they are the only live music promoters who could afford to rent the place to do shows and I bet they wouldn't even have to rent the place, they could just give Hammerstein a flat percentage plus the bar (no bar guarantee.) See how Bowery Presents and AEG Live are having shows there. And just because Live Nation isn't the exclusive booker anymore doesn't mean they can't or won't still do shows there.

Non-news and phony egalitarianism on Hammerstein's part.

Posted by D | March 30, 2012 4:42 PM

Correction: $50-75K rental fee isn't enough for Hammerstein, they'll probably want a bar guarantee, too.

Posted by D | March 30, 2012 4:43 PM

it costs much much less to ret out Hammerstein. Prudential Center costs around $75k or $80k, so how could Hammerstein cost the same?

some great shows at Hammerstein:

-Portishead last year
-NIN in '05
-PANTERA when they toured behind their reinventing the steel
-Iron Maiden in '01 or '02 i believe with Bruce back in the lineup
-and by all accounts that Radiohead show from '97, even though i wasnt there.

Posted by Anonymous | March 30, 2012 6:32 PM

Correction: $50-75K rental fee isn't enough for Hammerstein, they'll probably want a bar guarantee, too.

Posted by Bezaat | April 3, 2012 6:58 AM

I gotta say I like this

Posted by jordon | August 3, 2013 7:19 PM

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