Roseland Ballroom

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Roseland Ballroom

Roseland Ballroom


Roseland Ballroom closed with a series of performances by Lady Gaga, ending on April 8th.

Roseland Ballroom is located on 239 West 52nd Street, Manhattan, between Eighth Avenue and Broadway.  It is actually the second Roseland, the first existed on Broadway & 51st Street from 1919-1956, before it was moved to the current location, a former ice-skating/roller-rink.  It remained an actual ‘ballroom’ until original owner Louis Brecker sold it in 1981, when its regularly scheduled ‘disco nights’ grew increasingly dangerous (discontinued nine years later).

Reflecting its history and high-class Midtown location, Roseland Ballroom is much more of an actual ‘ballroom’ than such locales as Bowery Ballroom, Highline Ballroom, or even Hammerstein Ballroom.  It is a massive venue, holding more than Hammerstein to the south or Terminal 5 to the west, despite being only two levels.  It manages this by being not only wide but also quite long, with a deep balcony (and stage floor area beneath the balcony).  With the stage at the far end, it does mean a lot of the crowd is viewing from a long distance, but Roseland does have an excellent sound system and light show.  There is a bar at the far end of the stage floor (and above that in the balcony), near the entrance, as well as one around the house-left side of the stage (which is much less busy, though the route to it, underneath the balcony, going past the stage, can get absolutely packed).  There is also a VIP area (with cash bar) along the house-right side of the stage floor (the original stage for the space – it is occasionally used as the concert stage for shows/events), raised above the stage floor, with both table and chairs (usually reserved) and standing space behind that, giving a strong view for VIPs.

Roseland only occasionally plays host to concerts, being used more often for Midtown galas such as charity fundraisers, corporate events, and massive parties.  When it does hold concerts (usually through LiveNation), they are of some of the largest acts, more on the level of Madison Square Garden (or at least WaMu Theater at MSG).  Not the greatest place to see a band (unless you’re a VIP), being either in the massive center crush, or else at a point far distant, but one of the few places to see a band that big in Manhattan.


Capacity: 3,500

all ages


239 West 52nd Street (Between Eighth Avenue and Broadway)

By Subway:

B, D & E trains to 7th Avenue/53rd Street – walk 1 block south on 7th Ave., walk 1 & 1/2 blocks west on North side of 52nd St.
1 & 2 trains to 50th Street/Broadway – walk 2 blocks north on Broadway, turn left on North side of 52nd St.
A, C & E trains to 50th Street – walk 2 blocks north on 8th Ave., turn right on North side of 52nd St.
N, Q & R trains to 49th Street – walk 3 blocks north on 7th Ave., walk 1 & 1/2 blocks west on North side of 52nd St.

B, D, F & M trains to 47-50th Street/Rockefeller Center – walk 2 blocks north on 6th Ave., walk 2 & 1/2 blocks west on North side of 52nd St.


QRO Coverage:

-Lorde, with Lo-Fang, March 12th, 2014 – Lorde photos, Lo-Fang photos

-Panic! At the Disco, with The Colourist and X Ambassadors, February 4th, 2014 – Panic! At the Disco photos, The Colourist photos, X Ambassadors photos

-Big Gigantic, December 31st, 2013 – live review

-Violent Femmes, with Wormburner, November 14th, 2013 – Wormburner live review

-Pretty Lights, October 30th, 2013 – photos

-Hot Chip, with Tanlines and Crystal Ark (DJ set), April 9th, 2013 – Hot Chip photos, Tanlines photos, Crystal Ark photos

-Social Distortion, October 26th, 2012 – photos

-New Order, October 18th, 2012 – photos

-The Temper Trap, with The Neighborhood, October 12th, 2012 – The Temper Trap live review, The Temper Trap photos, The Neighborhood photos

-Mastodon, April 11th, 2012 – photos

-deadmau5, October 4th-9th, 2011 – live review

-Primus, September 30th, 2011 – photos

-Descendents, with H2O and The Suicide Machines, September 23rd, 2011 – Descendents photos, H2O photos, The Suicide Machines photos

-Weezer, with Free Energy, December 17th, 2010 – Weezer live review, Weezer photos, Free Energy photos

-Underworld, October 27th, 2010 – photos

-Hanson, with Dan Black and Mia Moretti & Caitlan Moe, September 7th, 2010 (‘Sounds Like PAPER‘) – Hanson photos, Dan Black photos, Mia Moretti & Caitlan Moe photos

-The Sounds, September 17th, 2009 – photos

-Franz Ferdinand, with Born Ruffians, May 7th, 2009 – Franz Ferdinand live review, Franz Ferdinand photos, Born Ruffians photos

-Rise Against, with Alkaline Trio, Thrice, and Gaslight Anthem, October 14th, 2008 – Rise Against photos, Alkaline Trio photos, Thrice photos, Gaslight Anthem photos

-Motörhead, with Year Long Disaster and Valient Thorr, September 20th, 2008 – Motörhead photos, Year Long Disaster photos, Valient Thorr photos

-Kings of Leon, with Snowden, June 5th, 2007 – Snowden live review, Kings of Leon photos, Snowden photos

The Sounds

Live Videos:

Weezer – “Say It Ain’t So”, New York, NY, 12/17/10
Weezer – “Surf Wax America”, New York, NY, 12/17/10
Weezer – “Buddy Holly”, New York, NY, 12/17/10
Weezer – “No One Else”, New York, NY, 12/17/10
Weezer – “My Name Is Jonas”, New York, NY, 12/17/10
Weezer – “Falling For You”, New York, NY, 12/17/10
Weezer – “Island In the Sun”, New York, NY, 12/17/10
Hanson – “Mmm Bop”, New York, NY, 9/7/10
Franz Ferdinand – “This Fire”, New York, NY, 5/7/09

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