Two months after the first show, the overhaul of the Bangor concert hall is underway

BANGOR, Maine (WABI) – In less than two months, the sounds of concert music will return to the Bangor Waterfront when the newly rebranded Maine Savings Amphitheater opens for the 2022 summer season.

Concert-goers will notice some big changes.

“We’ve had something of a renaissance since last October,” said Alex Gray, Waterfront Concerts.

Gray showed TV5 the new-look venue on Monday.

Gray said, “You know, we end up with 215 bathrooms on the property. The distribution is 66% women, 34% men. You know, we’ve tried to socially engineer pretty much all the pain points that we’ve read.

“6,405 brand new Hussey seats, wider cup holders that fold up, incredible amount of elevation change throughout the venue for impeccable sight lines.

“Almost everything we’ve done here is fan-facing. For years we’ve done a lot of artist facing, it’s all fan facing.

“You won’t recognize the venue.”

The company received about $10 million in federal funding to help it weather the pandemic. None of this money can be spent on this work.

“It’s something we funded in 2019. When we paused the project in 2019 the basis for really protecting jobs was to make sure we had enough funds to keep people and that saved our stages it was really to save the people on stages. Not specifically the individual stages themselves, which they are or enhance,” Gray said.

The first concert of the year will take place on June 23rd.

“We had the opportunity to have other shows, but we were very specific that we weren’t going to do any shows before that. Contractors are already working six to seven days a week,” Gray said.

He says a major announcement from a fan-favorite band set to play Bangor this summer could come as early as Tuesday morning, part of ongoing work to prepare for the return of a full summer roster.

“A total of eighteen shows we did on budget this year. What we announced, I think we’re close to three, four or five at the moment,” he said.

There’s still a lot of work to do in two months, but he’s confident that people will love it when they’re allowed back in.

“I think they’re going to be absolutely blown away by the improvements that the facility has undergone,” Gray said.

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