Last week, the Natural History Museum’s Venue Hire business held its very first live streaming music concert, a step forward in the venue’s adaptation to COVID-19 safety measures in the era of social distancing.
The concert, ‘Some Summer Night’, performed by Irish pop sensation Dermot Kennedy and joined by his friend and Emmy nominated actor Paul Mescal, was watched by 30,000 viewers worldwide from the comfort of their own homes.
On choosing the Museum as the venue of the concert, Dermot Kennedy told the BBC, ”I’ve been here so many times on days off in London and been to so many different exhibitions and I’ve always been fascinated by nature, it plays a part in my lyrics, it played a huge part in my upbringing. So it’s always been important for me, so it just feels like it makes sense”.
Robert Wetherell, Head of Events and Catering at the Natural History Museum, said: “After such a difficult period for the venue hire and events industry, we are thrilled with the success of Thursday’s event. Moving forward and adapting to the ‘new normal’ is our number one priority in the Venue Hire team and this event really showcased what we are capable of. The Museum being shut has given us the opportunity to work on this beautiful production and are hopeful that during the summer period when the Museum is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, we will be able to offer more entertainment clients the opportunity to utilise our iconic venue in a safe and socially distanced environment.”
The Natural History Museum is one of London’s most unique and iconic venues. Its magnificent architecture and collections create the perfect backdrop for any event. The Museum will be reopening its doors for pre-booked visits on Wednesdays to Sundays from 5 August.