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The Bowery Presents announces plans for outdoor concert venue

The Bowery Presents and HYM Investment Group have announced plans to open a seasonal outdoor, general admission concert venue at Suffolk Downs, a racetrack in Boston. 

The Stage at Suffolk Downs will be located infield of The Track at 525 William F McClellan Highway, and will be able to host up to 8,5000 concert-goers. The open air location is set to open in spring next year. 

It will not be the first time the Suffolk Downs has forayed into live music. The Beatles were the first band to perform there, in front of 25,000 fans in 1966. Since then, other legendary artists have also taken to the stage including The Jackson 5, Radiohead and Bjork. 

Josh Bhatti, vice-president and head of the Boston office of The Bowery Presents, an AEG Presents company, said: “The Bowery Presents has always focused on creating and operating venues where both fans and artists alike can have a great experience. We are confident Suffolk Downs will join Roadrunner, The Sinclair and Royale as a beloved concert venue in Greater Boston, delivering on our commitment to keep the music first.

“The Bowery Presents is honoured to have the opportunity to work alongside the HYM team to bring The Stage at Suffolk Downs to fruition.”

The Stage at Suffolk Downs will expand The Bowery Presents’ portfolio within the Boston area, including the 3,500-capacity Roadrunner and The Sinclair, which has a capacity of 525. This is in addition to the 1,200-capacity Royale, which is exclusively booked by The Bowery Presents. 

Thomas O’Brien, managing partner and chief executive of HYM, added: “Suffolk Downs has been thoughtfully designed as a place that brings people together and connects communities. 

“We are thrilled to partner with The Bowery Presents who will help us continue to realise this vision as we bring the proud history of live music back through The Stage at Suffolk Downs.”