by Jeff Hahne
The "Uptown Amphitheatre at the NC Music Factory" will open on June 13 with a concert by The Fray, which had originally been scheduled for Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre.
Opening acts are Jack's Mannequin and Richard Swift. Tickets go on sale on April 3 at 10 a.m. Any tickets already purchased for the Verizon show will be valid for the Uptown Amphitheatre show.
The Uptown Amphitheatre is situated in an outdoor setting with views of the Charlotte skyline, elevated lawn seating, traditional outdoor seating, premium box seats with food and beverage service and an indoor VIP area with private restrooms, private bar and views of the stage. The concession area has a bourbon street feel with multiple permanent restrooms with pedestal sinks, full length mirrors and private stalls.
Live Nation plans to book 25 shows a year at the 5,000-seat venue.
The 2,000-capacity indoor venue, The Fillmore Charlotte, is also scheduled to open in June. No shows have been scheduled, but Live Nation says they will host roughly 80 per year there.
Both venues will be operated and booked by The Ark Group.