The Royal Albert Hall



If you have received an e-mail this afternoon from David Gilmour (yeah, right, I thought the same), which congratulates you on being "One of the lucky few to have access to ticket sales for the David Gilmour Tour 2006," and includes a link which offers you the chance to purchase a pair of tickets for the Royal Albert Hall show on 31 May, as well as giving you a personal draw number to allow you to proceed with the sale, then please do not treat it as spam.

It is not fraudulent and you are not at any risk. It is legitimate and completely correct. Trinity Street (the facilitators of the Advance Ticket Booking system) managed to discover a very few extra tickets, so were able to send out an additional message to a choice few.

So, if you are one of the lucky ones to have received this message today, then feel free to purchase your tickets following the simple instructions. Congratulations!

If you did not receive this e-mail, then I am afraid there are no tickets left for you to purchase as the concert is now, officially, a sell out.

A slight change for you today. We will be throwing in the odd ‘Theatre of the Day’ among Polly’s exclusive studio shots, so you can find out a little more about the venues that David has chosen for his tour of Europe and North America.

Many of you have questioned David’s reason for opting for theatres instead of large arenas. As this feature hopes to show, David has chosen to perform at beautiful locations before smaller crowds instead of re-visiting those vast halls where he entertained thousands of people for so many years in his Pink Floyd days.

Today’s featured theatre is South Kensington’s finest, the Royal Albert Hall. David will be visiting this grand setting three times in May. The historic building, which was first opened to the public in 1871, is an arts venue dedicated to Prince Albert, husband of Queen Victoria, whose reigned lasted more than 63 years.

With a maximum permitted capacity of 7,000, it hosts the Proms each summer and the annual Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance in November, as well as a multitude of events raging from concerts to conferences, ballet to boxing. Built almost entirely of red brick and terracotta, the hall is oval in shape, measuring some 272 feet by 238 feet around the outside, and has a glass and iron dome roof which is 135 feet high.

If you’ll be seeing David performing here in May, then you’re in for a treat, because – as you can see from this picture – it truly is a beautiful venue.

And yes, the music should be pretty good, too.

We hope you enjoyed ‘Three Men in a Boat’ last night. For those who couldn’t see it, David played a snippet from ‘Smile’, which is one of the tracks from ‘On An Island’, describing it as "quiet and acoustic-y." However, he made a point of saying that not all of the songs on his new album are like that, so make of that what you will. We also got a tour around parts of his houseboat studio, Astoria, and some history on the boat thrown in for good measure.

That’s all for today, but there’ll be one of Polly’s pictures tomorrow.