All of the latest on how Hurricane Sandy is affecting New York music scene
Update: Recent NME Radar stars Ratking have postponed tonight’s show at London’s Birthdays until November 6 due to travel problems.
Beyonce and Alabama Shakes were due to perform at Alicia Keys’ annual Black Ball, which raises funds for the Keep A Child Alive charity. The event was set to take place at the Hammerstein Ballroom on Thursday (November 1). However, following the fallout from the storm which hit the city, organisers have taken the decision to postpone and will announce a new date in the coming weeks.
Similarly, Smashing Pumpkins have postponed their show at the newly opened Barclays Centre venue. “Ticket holders should keep their tickets for an upcoming rescheduled date. We will announce more information soon,” the band wrote in a statement.
Music venues in New York are battling back against the destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy, with small venues such as Glasslands, Cameo and Death By Audio all open for business tonight (October 31). However, reports from Brooklyn Vegan suggest that the lack of power on the Lower East Side of the city will affect many venues located there, including The Bowery Ballroom and Mercury Lounge.
Earlier this week, Bruce Springsteen‘s New York gig was postponed by a day following the devastation caused by the tropical storm. Additionally, Grimes, The xx, Cat Power and Deftones were among the bands who had their touring schedule affected by the storm.
The damage has also spread to venues in other cities, including the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame building in Cleveland, Ohio as winds of up to 60mph blew portions off the side of the building.