Artists Den presented secret concert with James Bay
ARTISTS DEN PRESENTED SECRET CONCERT WITH JAMES BAY AT THE ICONIC, NEWLY RENOVATED WEBSTER HALL IN NEW YORK CITY
Concert Taping to Air at a Later Date during Season 13 of Live from the Artists Den on American Public Television
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New York, NY (May 13, 2019) – On Sunday, May 12, Artists Den, a critically acclaimed television and music series best known for presenting intimate concerts by extraordinary artists in non-traditional settings, presented a secret concert event – James Bay: Live from the Artists Den – as the first installment of their 2019 Spring Series.
The exclusive concert featuring James Bay taped at the iconic, newly renovated Webster Hall in New York City, and will air at a later date during Season 13 of Live from the Artists Den on American Public Television.
GRAMMY Award-nominated and BRIT Award-winning multi-platinum singer, songwriter, and artist, James Bay performed live for an audience of more than 700 fans, captivating the room with anthemic hits including “Let It Go” and “Hold Back The River” as well as new single “Bad” and recent release “Peer Pressure” featuring Julia Michaels, from his brand new EP, Oh My Messy Mind-released on Friday, May 10. Prior to performing, Bay participated in an intimate chat moderated by Billboard’s Editorial Director Hannah Karp. The event was sponsored by timepiece maker Vacheron Constantin.
Artists Den events are free and invitation-only. General Admission audience members were randomly selected through a ticket sweepstakes, available exclusively via the Artists Den mailing list. Unlike other televised music series, Live from the Artists Den breaks away from the confines of a conventional studio set by unveiling new, unexpected venues for each concert, with the venue serving as the co-star alongside each featured artist. Audience members were surprised with the reveal of Webster Hall as the venue just days prior to the event.
BSE Global and The Bowery Presents, AEG Presents’ regional partner, acquired the operating rights and assets to Webster Hall in February 2017 and closed later that year for a comprehensive renovation. Webster Hall re-opened on April 26, 2019 revealing a transformation that preserved the iconic features of the venue, while modernizing it to meet today’s entertainment and guest experience standards.
Webster Hall, which has operated as a venue since 1886, has undergone several waves of transformation throughout the past century. In the 1920’s, Webster Hall notoriously held masquerade balls and was nicknamed the “Devil’s Playhouse.” RCA Records purchased Webster Hall in the 1950’s and renovated the venue to include a state-of-the-art acoustically treated ballroom.
Beginning in the 1980’s, Webster Hall reemerged as “The Ritz,” hosting artists such as Eric Clapton with Keith Richards, U2, Tina Turner, The Beastie Boys, The Pretenders, Prince, Sting, Metallica, Aerosmith, KISS, B.B. King and Guns N’ Roses. In 2004, The Bowery Presents began booking Webster Hall with artists including LCD Soundsystem, The National, Modest Mouse, John Mayer and Keith Urban, presenting more than 1,000 shows over 10 years.
VIP guests in attendance included Mark Lieberman (Founder and CEO, Artists Den), Aldis Hodge (Actor, What Men Want), Leslie Kobrin (President of the Americas, Vacheron Constantin), Avery Lipman (Founder & President, Republic Records), Ryan Lofthouse (Artist Manager, Closer Artists), Justin Petzschke (Model), Rhys Pickering (YouTuber / Model) and more.
For more information, visit ArtistsDen.com . To join the Artists Den mailing list for a chance to win tickets to future Live from the Artists Den tapings, fans can visit ArtistsDen.com/join.
The Artists Den is a critically acclaimed television and digital music series best known for presenting intimate, secret concerts by extraordinary artists in non-traditional, often historic settings for the TV show Live from the Artists Den. The show connects fans with a unique and intimate musical experience for some of the industry's finest acts. Featured artists include John Legend, alt-j, Alabama Shakes, Ed Sheeran, Imagine Dragons, Lady Antebellum, The Killers, Zac Brown Band, and Shawn Mendes.
Our artists have performed in a variety of extraordinary venues, including Graceland, a Masonic temple, a 1930s silent movie theater, the world’s oldest merchant sailing vessel, a former archdiocese cathedral, The New York Public Library, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and a repurposed window factory in Brooklyn. The Artists Den has filmed 70 episodes and is broadcast around the world in the United Kingdom, China, Japan, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Israel, and across Latin America.
James Bay is the definition of a modern-day rock star. This year with the recent release of his Oh My Messy Mind EP which included infectious duet “Peer Pressure” featuring Julia Michaels, he continues to highlight his songwriting and music prowess. The two recently performed the song on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and James debuted the song on Late Night Seth Meyers. The EP also included fan favorite single “Bad” written by Dan Wilson (Adele) and “Rescue” co-written by Ryan Tedder. Recently James finished his sold out US heading tour and this summer James will open for Ed Sheeran on his overseas European arena tour. In 2018, afterthe release of his sophomore album Electric Light Bay won the world over again with its singles “Wild Love,” “Pink Lemonade” and “Us.” Bay co-wrote and produced most of the album with his longtime songwriting partner Jon Green and Paul Epworth (Rihanna, Adele). Last year, he made his Saturday Night Live debut performance, performed a duet of “US” with Alicia Keys on The Voice Season Finale performed on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live !, Late Night with Seth Meyers , and sold out shows across the globe. In the summer of 2018, he opened for The Rolling Stones as direct support at London’s Twickenham Stadium and joined Mick Jagger onstage for a duet of “Beat of Burden.” Following the release of his debut album Chaos And The Calm, featuring—“Hold Back The River” and “Let It Go”— BAY was nominated for “Best Rock Album,” “Best Rock Song,” and “Best New Artist” at the 2016 Grammy Awards. In the UK, the record became the “Biggest New Artist Album Release” that year and has sold nearly 5 million albums in global consumption, and 3.5 billion streams worldwide. Receiving the BRIT’s Critics Choice award in 2015, BAY has gone on to receive a win for “Best Male Solo Artist” at the BRITS, “International Newcomer” at the ECHO Awards, “Best New Act” & “Best Solo Artist” at the Q Awards, “Most Performed Work” at the Ivor Novello Awards and was nominated for “Best New” & “Best PUSH” at the MTV EMA’s and a MTV VMA for “Best New Act.” On the other side of the globe, he has received a nod for “Best International Artist” at the ARIA Awards in Australia. In addition to selling out shows and performing at festivals across the globe, BAY lent a new version of his song “Running” for the 2016 Sports Relief charity, is an advocate for the international non-profit Wateraid, designed his own signature line for Topman, and Epiphone created the Limited Edition James Bay Signature “1966 Century” Guitar in his name.
Founded in 1755, Vacheron Constantin is the world’s oldest watch Manufacture in continuous production for over 260 years, faithfully perpetuating a proud heritage of watchmaking excellence and stylistic sophistication through generations of master craftsmen. At the pinnacle of high horology and understated elegance, the Maison creates timepieces with unique technical and aesthetic signatures, and an extremely high level of finishing touches. Vacheron Constantin brings to life unparalleled heritage and a spirit of innovation through its key collections: Patrimony, Traditionnelle, Metiers d’Art, Overseas, Fiftysix and Historiques. It also offers its discerning clientele of connoisseurs the rare opportunity to acquire unique and bespoke timepieces by means of its “Les Cabinotiers” department.
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