Guitarist and singer Chris Rea will open the series of big concerts in February with a gig at the Palace Hall on February 6. It forms part of the European leg of Rea’s Still So Far to Go – The Best of Chris Rea tour, which will accompany the release of a new album. The disc will be launched in Great Britain on October 5. Classics such as Josephine, The Road to Hell (Part 2), Auberge and Julia will feature alongside two new songs, Come So Far, Yet Still So Far to Go and Valentino. Rea broke into the music scene in 1978 with the album Whatever Happened to Benny Santini? which he followed with other successful releases. The 1980s heralded the start of his most successful period, with eight studio albums including the famous The Road to Hell (1989) and Auberge (1991). Rea has sold over 30 million albums so far. Tickets for the concert can be acquired online at Myticket.ro or from Diverta stores for RON 100, 150, 200, 300 and 500.
French electro-band Air will play in Bucharest on February 11 at the Polivalenta Hall. The concert will be organized by One Event. Air – a duo made up of JB Dunckel and Nicolas Godin – made their debut on the music scene in 1998 with the album Moon Safari, and cite Jean Michel Jarre, Vangelis, Pink Floyd and Serge Gainsbourg as their influences. The album sold 2 million copies and earned the act the accolade of “the French definition of cool.” Air are well known for the soundtrack they created for the film The Virgin Suicides, the directorial debut of Sofia Coppola. The band’s latest release, Love 2, came out at the beginning of October 2009. Tickets for the concert cost RON 95 and can be bought from the Diverta, Germanos and Vodafone networks, Muzica, the Palace Hall box office and Control Club, or online at MyTicket.ro, Eventim.ro and TicketPoint.ro
Arguably the most eagerly awaited concert of the year is AC/DC, who will play Bucharest on May 16 as part of their Black Ice World Tour 2010. Since Romania still lacks a stadium capable of hosting a show of this magnitude (the national stadium having been undergoing renovations for a number of years), Constitutiei Square is the only location available that can accommodate the expected crowd of 60,000-80,000. The concert will be organized by D&D East Entertainment and Marcel Avram. AC/DC will come with their own stage and production as well as opening acts. The Australian band’s concert was announced previously, but that proved to be a hoax. On that occasion the band denied it was going to play in Romania, while this time the information is confirmed on its official site. Tickets cost RON 127.2 (for the first 20,000 tickets, after which the price is RON 148.4), RON 265 (Golden Circle tickets in front of the stage) and RON 477 (VIP seats).
Faithless is the first confirmed name for B’Estfest 2010, which will take place this summer from July 16-18. This will be the third edition of the music festival, which is organized by Emag!c Entertainment, and the second time Faithless will play the festival, after their first performance in 2007. Faithless – made up of Maxi Jazz, Sister Bliss and Rollo Armstrong – is a well known band in Romania, having spawned hits such as Insomnia, God is a DJ, Bombs and We Come 1. The style mixes electro, dance and hip-hop, and is therefore difficult to pin down to one musical genre. Faithless are now preparing to launch their sixth album, Calling all the Faithful.