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The Royal Albert Hall

The Royal Albert Hall is an icon of British culture. Opened in 1871 by Queen Victoria, Prince Albert (Queen Victoria’s husband) originally intended for the hall to be called The Central Hall, and its purpose was to promote the Arts and Sciences. When Prince Albert died in 1861, plans were temporarily halted, until Henry Cole rekindled Prince Albert’s vision. The design is inspired by Roman amphitheatres, a particular love of Cole’s. Queen Victoria renamed the hall in memory of her beloved husband; rumour has it that she was too emotional to speak at the inaugur

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Nobel Prize Winner Bob Dylan: Live at the Royal Albert Hall 1966

50 years after it took place, the recording of Bob Dylan’s mythical Albert Hall show will be officially released for the first time in November, alongside a huge new 36-CD box set, The 1966 Live Recordings. This release coincides with Dylan being awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, which was announced in Stockholm on Thursday, 13th October.

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Kate Simko & London Electronic Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall

London-based Chicago producer and composer Kate Simko will be in concert with her London Electronic Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall on Wednesday 12th October. This is not the first time SEEN has had the pleasure of listening to Simko’s particular blend of classical and electronic music. With music from the London Electronic Orchestra’s debut album,  released …

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Basquiat’s Masterpiece ‘Untitled’ Breaks Artist and Auction Records

Is Jean-Michel Basquiat turning in his grave? Last week in his hometown New York, where he was so badly treated during most of his life, Sotheby’s set an auction record for the artist when ‘Untitled’, a masterpiece from 1982, was purchased by noted collector and entrepreneur, Yusaku Maezawa (the founder of e-commerce giant, Start Today, and ZOZOTOWN, the virtual mall on Japan’s largest fashion e-commerce site), for $110,487,500 (£86,325,105).

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Sónar Barcelona 2017: ‘The’ Music Festival

June is the time to visit Barcelona, including SEEN’s favourite place, the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion (where a sound installation will be on show) for the celebration of the 24th edition of Sónar, Barcelona’s pioneering event and international dance and electronic music festival. It will be taking place for a whole week, from the 12th to the 18th of June.

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Laura Marling: Semper Femina

Laura Marling’s long-awaited new album Semper Femina is released today on Laura’s own label, More Alarming Records via Kobalt Music Recordings. It was recorded in LA in late 2015, and produced alongside musician/producer Blake Mills (Alabama Shakes, Jim James), who’s based in the US.

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Frontier Ruckus Release ‘Enter The Kingdom’: The Personal Becomes Political

SEEN has recently learned that indie-rockers Frontier Ruckus will be playing a few rare UK shows, hot on the heels of the release of their latest album ‘Enter the Kingdom’ on 17th February. Hailing from Michigan USA, the quirky folk-rock band will be wowing the UK with a short tour, bringing their poetic songs of life in suburban America to these shores.