Hydro opening confirmed for September

24 May 2013

Glasgow's brand new 12,000 seater arena will open this autumn with Rod Stewart in concert on 30 September.

The veteran rocker, 68, has announced that he will also play the Hydro on two other dates in early October, as a result of demand for tickets.

Stewart, who recently topped the charts for the first time in 34 years with his new album, announced last week that he would play a second night at The Hydro just hours after it was confirmed that Andrea Bocelli's show at the venue had been postponed.

A spokeswoman for the SECC said: "The original timescale for our opening programme has now changed and, as a consequence, Andrea Bocelli's performance, scheduled to take place in The Hydro on September 15 2013, has been rescheduled to Saturday November 23 2013 and Peter Pan - The Never Ending Story, scheduled to take place on September 27-29 in The Hydro, has been moved to Hall 4 in the SECC. All tickets will remain valid and will be available in due course.

"We are truly grateful to the artists, management, cast and producers for their co-operation in this matter, and in particular for accommodating the exciting opening programme planned for The Hydro."

At the weekend, the SECC denied a report in The Herald that the 12,000-seater venue, sponsored by Scottish Hydro, was two months behind schedule because of an ongoing dispute with construction company Lend Lease.

A spokeswoman said: "We have always maintained that the venue would be ready to open for business in September and that remains the case."

Source: The Herald - Rod Stewart announces third date at The Hydro