RER B works: Soprano postpones its concert at the Stade de France

Bad news for those who wanted to see Soprano at the Stade de France on July 2. The Marseille rapper’s concert has been postponed to May 6, 2023 due to the closure of RER B. Tickets remain valid for this date or can be refunded until May 7. The ticket office for the new show opens this Thursday, April 7 in the morning, at the same prices. The artist’s producer thus closes “a nightmare” of several months.

“We found the least bad solution because we were limited to 50,000 places due to the closure of RER B, says Pierre-Alexandre Vertadier, director of Décibels Productions. We reached this quota a month and a half ago already, we were on track to be sold out, with 85,000 tickets sold. We preferred to shift. We managed to keep a Saturday so that those who come from afar can spend the weekend in Paris. »

The producer and the singer did not want a concert with degraded artistic conditions, forced to end at 10:30 p.m. when night was barely falling, at the beginning of July. The other concerts in a Soprano stadium (in Lausanne, Lyon, Marseille, Bordeaux) are maintained on the scheduled dates.

That of Paris, announced in July, indeed coincides with the closure of the RER B. The one that has the greatest impact on access to the Stade de France. Half of the spectators who join the immense enclosure of Saint-Denis by transport, that is to say 60% of the public, do so on this line. However, with the approach of the Olympic Games, the SNCF must speed up a schedule of works, already particularly tight between the projects of the Grand Paris Express, Charles-de-Gaulle Express between the Gare de l’Est and Roissy, the accessibility of stations, the modernization of the RER B and D lines. Heavy works requiring the operator to regularly cut the lines in the evening and on weekends, as will be the case on the weekend of July 2. The situation forces event organizers to reduce the gauge for questions of security and evacuation of the public around the stadium, or even to cancel the dates, for lack of being able to bring spectators home.

Red Hot Chili Peppers, Coldplay and Lady Gaga shows maintained

And for good reason. Due to line cuts, Transilien (the branch of the SNCF responsible for adapting the transport offer to the number of people) could not offer enough RER or substitute buses to repatriate the 85,000 spectators from the Stade de France. Potentially, all the cultural and sporting events of the spring and summer season were threatened.

At the end of 2021, after several working meetings under the aegis of the prefect of Île-de-France, solutions were found. Several sporting events, such as the Top 14, have notably been moved to weekdays.

As for the Red Hot Chili Peppers concerts on July 8 and 9, Coldplay on July 16, 17, 19 and 20, Lady Gaga on the 24th, Ed Sheeran on the 29th and 30th, they will not move. These weekends, the RER operate, even if they will be at reduced frequency. And the producer of these artists, Live Nation, obtained the guarantee of shuttles to line 12 of the metro, extended to Mairie-d’Aubervilliers. “We can also imagine shuttles to metros 13 and 4. I am not going to tell international artists that we are going to postpone their concerts because we are unable to organize transport in France”, comments Angelo Gopée, director of LiveNation. But the tensions are not over, until music and works tune their violins.

Last February, the instructions were given in high places to maintain the Indochine concert on May 21, to the detriment of major catenary work on the RER D and RER B. Indochine obtained the Moon, not Soprano, which is for the moment the only one to shift its Stade de France.

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