David and the band perform in France tonight at Vienne’s breathtaking Roman amphitheatre.
One of the largest in Roman France and built during the reign of Augustus (between 40 to 50 AD), the impressive Théâtre Antique overlooks the town of Vienne along the River Rhône.
Vienne is one of France’s most ancient cities, located between the Rhône and the surrounding hills. The Romans referred to it as ‘Vienne the Beautiful’.
The remains of the amphitheatre are found on Mont Pipet and its back seats offer spectacular views of the surrounding area.
2,000 years ago, some 13,000 spectators could be seated on its 46 lines of stone steps. The front seats, reserved for the most important, were wider than the others and were made of coloured marble. In its heyday, a 70 foot-long sculptured frieze of animals led by Dionysius, the patron deity of drama, ran across the front of the stage.
Restored in 1938, it is 130 metres in diameter and is now used for a variety of events, including the famous Vienne Jazz Festival, which has grown into one of Europe’s largest jazz events since its founding in 1981.
It also regularly hosts rock concerts, whilst welcoming all kinds of dance, orchestra and theatre.
If you’ll be at the Théâtre Antique tonight, do let us know. If you’ve visited before, please let those who perhaps have never visited previously know what they can expect from the venue. (We do know that a cushion is advisable!)
Whether you have a cushion or not, have a great time tonight and do feel free to share your thoughts with us both before, and after, the concert.
For those arriving early enough, some fans are meeting at the station and having a picnic in a nearby park. See the ‘Meet-up: Vienne’ blog entry for more details.
We also have a new poll and this time we want to know which is your favourite track from ‘On An Island’.