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  • Address:

    Royal Albert Hall Kensington Gore
    SW7 2AP

  • Venue phone:

    020 7589 8212, bookings 020 7907 7071

  • Venue website:

    www.royalalberthall.com

  • Opening hours:

    Tours run daily 10.30am-4.30pm (Apr-Oct), 10.30am-3.30pm (Nov-Mar)

  • Transport:

    Tube: South Kensington

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Jools Holland And His Rhythm And Blues Orchestra

Music festivals, Soul, Mainstream jazz, Big band

The former Squeeze keysman and amiable lord of 'Later…' returns for more boogie woogie action. Alongside regular Jools sidekicks Ruby Turner, Louise Marshall and Gilson Lavis, you can count on some big-name guest vocalists.

Jools Holland And His Rhythm And Blues Orchestra
  1. Fri Nov 28 – Sat Nov 29
  2. Royal Albert Hall
  3. £45-£50
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BLUESFEST: Level 42

Music festivals, Pop, Funk

Slap-bass master Mark King leads the latest incarnation of the blue-eyed funk boys, still featuring keyboardist Mike Lindup and nowadays with King's brother Nathan on guitar. They'll be cranking out '80s hits like 'Lessons In Love' and 'Running In The...

BLUESFEST: Level 42
  1. Sun Oct 26
  2. Royal Albert Hall
  3. £34.50-£38.50
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Mike And The Mechanics

Pop, Rock 'n' roll

Once described as 'the band Genesis could have become' (shudder), the Mechanics are the project of Mike Rutherford, former guitarist with the prog giants. Since 1985, Rutherford and co have been making poppy, blue-eyed soul-rock and have notched up a...

Mike And The Mechanics
  1. Fri May 8 2015
  2. Royal Albert Hall
  3. £45-£50
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Neil Sedaka

Pop and rock

Veteran hitmaker Neil Sedaka hits London: prepare to revel in nostalgia and sing along to 'Oh! Carol' and 'Calendar Girl'. You never know, he might even play a couple from his 2009 kids' album, 'Waking Up is Hard to Do' – but then he's got a huge back...

Neil Sedaka
  1. Thu Oct 23
  2. Royal Albert Hall
  3. £37.50-£57.50
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Ne-Yo

R&B, Pop

  • Critics' choice

Shaffer Chimere Smith was initially best known as the prolific writer of tunes for the likes of Beyoncé, Britney, Whitney and Usher, but he leapt into the limelight himself back in 2006, and he’s remained a contender for pole position in the great R&B...

Ne-Yo
  1. Wed Nov 5
  2. Royal Albert Hall
  3. £35-£80
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Nick Cave

Singer-songwriter, Alternative rock

  • Critics' choice

After a successful turn as a documentary star in '20,000 Days on Earth' and a career-high record with The Bad Seeds, 'Push the Sky Away', Mr Nicholas Edward Cave cracks his fingers and embarks on a piano-led solo tour. Backed by various Seeds (Warren...

Nick Cave
  1. Sat May 2 2015 – Sun May 3 2015
  2. Royal Albert Hall
  3. £40-£77
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Paul Rodgers

Pop, Classic rock, Soul

The blokey belter who's lent his lungs to Free, Bad Company and Queen (among other groups) plays a solo show, performing his latest album 'The Royal Sessions' from start to finish. The record (so called because it was recorded at Royal Studios in Memphis,...

Paul Rodgers
  1. Mon Nov 3
  2. Royal Albert Hall
  3. £40-£75
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Rodriguez

Folk, Rock 'n' roll

  • Critics' choice

Headlining singer-songwriter Sixto Diaz Rodriguez – to whom the overused word 'legendary' truly applies – makes a rare visit to London. A Detroit native who dropped out of the music industry in the ’70s after releasing two albums (now considered lost...

Rodriguez
  1. Thu May 7 2015
  2. Royal Albert Hall
  3. £49.50
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Titanic

Cost: well over $200m. Disregarding the ethics of such expenditure on a film, this unprecedented extravagance has not resulted in sophisticated or even very satisfying storytelling (11 Oscars notwithstanding). The main problem concerns characterisati...

  • Mon Apr 27 2015:

    • 19:00

Frozen

Rating: 4/5

There are three things classic Disney animations are supposed to have. One: belting showtunes. Two: a bit of danger and darkness amid all the schmaltz. And three: a conservative message wrapped up in a traditional feelgood happy ending. Loosely inspi...

  • Mon Nov 17:

    • 14:00
    • 17:15
    • 20:45

Russell Brand's Trickster Tales – The Pied Piper of Hamelin

Big-name talent, Storytelling

The merry mistrel of mirth, Russell Brand, celebrate the release of his first children's book (yes, Russell Brand has written a kids' book) with this huge live event at the Royal Albert Hall. It's a family-friendly affair, with live art from Chris Riddell,...

Russell Brand's Trickster Tales – The Pied Piper of Hamelin
  1. Fri Nov 14
  2. Royal Albert Hall
  3. £22.90-£79
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The Godfather Live

Things to do

The Royal Albert Hall is gearing up to host the world premiere of The Godfather Live. Francis Ford Coppola's three times Academy Award winning masterpiece, starring Marlon Brando and Al Pacino, will be shown on the big screen whilst conductor Justin Freer...

The Godfather Live
  1. Mon Dec 8
  2. Royal Albert Hall
  3. £17.80-£58.60
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Valeriya and Friends

Pop

  • Critics' choice

If you haven't heard of Valeriya, chances are you aren't Russian. She's a huge star in her homeland, winning dozens of awards, playing gigs at the Kremlin and selling dacha-loads of records. Thus you can expect a strong turn-out from London's Russian...

Valeriya and Friends
  1. Tue Oct 21
  2. Royal Albert Hall
  3. £28-£257
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BLUESFEST: Van Morrison

Classic rock, Blues

  • Critics' choice

The legendary Celtic soul mystic's more recent output has flitted between blues, big band jazz, R&B, skiffle and folk. Tonight, though, Van The Man returns to Bluesfest for the third year running to sing – as you might expect – the blues, incorporating...

BLUESFEST: Van Morrison
  1. Tue Oct 28
  2. Royal Albert Hall
  3. £20-£150
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lee miles

I agee the AH is not the best for sound although its better than it used to be before the hanging baffles were installed . However nothing in london has the same atmosphere as the Albert Hall it seems to have a buzz all its own with a unique feel of closeness to the action that no concert hall i have been can match. Imho the greatest concert venue in the world dispite any accustic failings.

Amie McBye

It was a dark Halloween night last Thursday that I found myself sat at the Albert Hall waiting for the emergence of former Led Zeppelin front-man Robert Plant. The audience were excitable in anticipation, and thankfully there was nothing gloomy about the performance. Rivalling Brain May for the best hair in rock, Plant appeared ready to have a fine time. The wonderfully gifted voice that Plant has possessed since the ‘60s was in fine form, having matured with age and showcasing rich tones that blended so well with the mix of rock, blues and African rhythms vibrating around the hall to much applause. The appearance of the Gambian musician Juldeh Camara added to the layers of high quality musicianship that the band (which featured musicians from Bristol and Liverpool) had in droves. A friend had told me that he had seen Plant play on tour with Alison Krauss last year and that he looked tired and thought that he may be finding it hard to keep up. I have to say the opposite was true here; it is possible that Plant’s decision to not make another album with Krauss after all their success (winning 5 Grammys for their album ‘Raising Sand’ as well as much acclaim)and instead pursue working on something different to keep music fresh and interesting for him seemed to be paying off. While a lot of his peers look tired and worn with their best days behind them, he looked fitter and stronger than he has in the last few years and he was flying around the stage, throwing the microphone around with ease and prowling around with an unbelievably menacing presence; and who wouldn’t feel 10 feet tall with such a remarkable voice? I could have closed my eyes and believed that the man on stage was the Plant of old not a man of pensionable age. He seems to be enjoying the aging process (‘I can travel for free now’) as well as the music more than ever. ‘This is an invigorating time for me’. Quite. The quality of the band was obviously helping to keep him on his toes and he looked to be having the time of his life, and wonderfully, so were we. With the music ranging from old blues classics to Led Zeppelin numbers (which were met with roars of approval), it all blended in together beautifully. ‘Whole Lotta Love’ , ‘What Is and What Should Never Be’ and other classics went down a storm and Plant looked like he could continue all night. Despite finishing at 10 minutes past midnight (leaving most struggling to make the last tube home) I think we would have all quite happily stayed all night for a lock in. Greedy yes, but it truly would have been heavenly. Trick or treat? Treat definitely. A really thrilling night out. Rating; 10/10