Madison Square Garden to host Stromae
Following the announcement of a concert date in Montreal last week, this morning Stromae announced five additional dates in North America for 2015. These include several west-coast dates in April 2015 and a date at the legendary Madison Square Garden in New York City on October 1.
The date at Madison Square Garden marks an important point in Stromae’s career and the realization of an ambitious dream for him. Seating capacity for concerts varies depending on the set-up of the event: the venue seats between 18,000 and 20,000 concert-goers. In terms of ticket sales, The Garden is the busiest venue in the United States and the third-busiest in the world. Performing there is an achievement that many would have believed impossible for a francophone singer in the United States.
Last September, at an interview filmed the day after Stromae’s concert at Terminal 5 in New York, host Twan Huys brought up the subject of the Holy Grail of American concert venues.
Huys: Your manager told me this is only the beginning. Next stop in New York will be Madison Square Garden.
Stromae: (looking flustered) Ah ha. (laughs) He love to talks before we, we do stuff. No but, yeah, and it’s, actually I’m ambitious like him. And I, I, my dream of course is to perform in biggest venue, and yeah. But I don’t want to–in French we say “ne pas vendre la peau de l’ours avant de l’avoir tué” (don’t sell the bear’s skin before you’ve killed it). Of course. But we never know and we don’t want to do the Madison Square Garden just only for the, for your ego, you know. Of course, if you can, you know, it has to be sold out, you know. Just make a Madison Square Garden completely empty, it’s not really interesting.
Huys: But seriously, it is the ambition to go there?
Stromae: Yeah, yeah.
Congratulations to Stromae and his team on the realization of this ambition, and here’s hoping for that full house at Madison Square Garden on October 1st!
Tickets for Madison Square Garden go on sale this Friday at 12 p.m. EST.
Tickets for the West Coast shows go on sale this Friday at 10 a.m. PST/1 p.m. EST. See Stromae’s Facebook page for details.
More North American tour dates will be announced soon. Dates in Asia and Africa are also expected to be announced in the coming weeks.
Update: MSG presale info
UPDATED December 9: There will be a Madison Square Garden ticket presale this Thursday, December 11, at 9 a.m. EST. We’ll post the special link and code here as soon as it’s available.
UPDATED December 11: PRESALE LINK available today only, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. EST: http://www.thegarden.com/content/msg/the-garden/events/promos/stromae-presale_SOCIAL.html
Use code “SOCIAL”.
UPDATED January 20: Tickets are still available by using the presale link above.
Important Update: New Concert Dates in North America
February 12: More North American concert dates have been confirmed since the original publication of this article. Several of them are not currently found in the list of tour dates on Stromae’s official media (such as his website or Facebook page). Stay up to date with the full listing here.