IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: BOTH VENICE SHOWS OFF
We can confirm with deep regret that, unfortunately, both concerts at the Piazza San Marco have had to be called off.
A structural defect was discovered in the scaffolding just before the sound check this evening, which has rendered the whole stage structure unsafe.
Our most sincere apologies to all those who were supposed to attend these shows this weekend.
There is a possibility that these concerts will be re-scheduled, so, if you are a ticket holder, please be patient. Discussions are ongoing and further details will follow just as soon as we have them.
Venice’s most famous square welcomes David and his band later today – as well as fans from all over the world, by the sounds of it.
The centre of Venetian social life for many a century, the Piazza San Marco is stunningly beautiful and fringed with myriad architectural treasures, the most notable of which is the famous Basilica, on which the story of St Mark the Evangelist is told in paintings.
St Mark became Venice’s patron saint in 828. His remains were initially buried in a chapel in the nearby Doge’s Palace – Palazzo Ducale – but, in 829, a church was built that was to be his perpetual resting place.
The elements were not kind to it and it suffered great damage from fire, hence it was rebuilt and modified many times over the 11th century, resulting in what we see today: elegant arcades, bulbous domes, Gothic arches and breath-taking mosaics.
The interior is decorated throughout with such mosaics, the floor made up of many shades and varieties of marble and glass.
Famous for the four gilded bronze horses of Lysippos, known as the Quadriga, St Mark’s Basilica is also well known for the Pala d’Oro, a Venetian-Byzantine gold relief which is arguably the richest and most precious altarpiece in the world. It is made up of some 250 gold panels and covered with more than 3,000 precious gemstones.
Although the piazza seems enormous, it is only 175 metres long. The white-striped pavement, designed by Andrea Tirali in 1723, creates the impression of a much greater space.
It is bordered by historic buildings, such as the Gothic Palazzo Ducale, with its paintings depicting Venice’s violent past, and the iconic Clock Tower, on which two bronze figures – the Moors – strike the hour against a huge bell.
There is also the 100-metre-tall brick bell tower – the Campanile – constructed in 912 and fortified after it collapsed in 1902. You can climb to the top for a stunning view across Venice.
There are also the 18th century cafés which help attract an estimated 25 million visitors a year.
If you will be in the romantic city of Venice looking for David and the band to sweep you off your feet tonight or tomorrow night, do let us know. We hope you have a terrific time.
The winner of yesterday’s competition will be announced later today, so stay tuned. Please see yesterday’s entry for all the details.