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Our Planet Live coming to London's O2 Arena and Glasgow in 2020

Our Planet Live

Story by Jack Foley

OUR Planet Live in Concert, a re-imagining of the Emmy® Award winning Netflix series as a live experience, is coming to London’s O2 Arena and Glasgow’s SSE Hydro in October 2020.

The show will combining highlights from the series with some all-new arrangements to create an immersive journey across the planet we call home.

The world premiere of Our Planet Live in Concert will take place at London’s O2 on Sunday, October 18, 2020, before moving onto Glagow’s SSE Hydro on October 19, 2020. The city will welcome the COP26: UN Climate Change Summit in the same month.

To coincide with the release of Our Planet on Netflix in April 2019, Decca Records/Universal Music released the powerfully moving soundtrack composed by Oscar®-winning composer Steven Price on CD and vinyl.

Keeping in theme with the series and its exploration of the current environmental issues facing earth, Decca created an innovative album packaging which is made from entirely ecological materials, algae and FSC fibres.

Specially developed by the series producers Silverback Films and Steven Price, Our Planet Live in Concert is narrated on screen by legendary broadcaster, David Attenborough. Combining the outstanding natural world visuals of Our Planet with creative innovations in live production, this concert will be a live experience like no other.

Concert producer Floris Douwes at GEAlive commented: “All past and current natural history shows offer an orchestra with video clippings on a screen and static overhead lighting. Our Planet Live in Concert truly is an event! Audiences will feel like they are fully taken in by it.

“Three large screens will provide razor sharp video footage from across the series, in a narrative that is exclusive to this live event, interspersed with live camera direction of the orchestra and soloist performances. A huge quantity of smart lighting fixtures will extend the visual experience throughout the arena.

“Add a sound system that surrounds the audience with effects from 36 positions and nature will be as close as it can get. Last but certainly not least, we are thrilled and honoured that David Attenborough has agreed to record an exclusive audio-visual narration especially for the live show.”

Steven Price’s Emmy®-nominated score has been reworked for an epic two-hour performance and will be performed by the Philharmonia Orchestra in London and the Scottish National Orchestra in Glasgow.

Irish vocalist Lisa Hannigan will sing alongside the 66-strong orchestra as music and special effects are delivered through 250 speakers to create a complete surround sound experience for the audience, allowing them to be further immersed in the production.

Ahead of the announcement, Steven said: “I can’t wait to bring the music of Our Planet to live audiences for the very first time. Using a combination of the most memorable sequences from the Netflix series exclusively designed for this show, our incredible musicians and I plan to take you on a journey that celebrates the wonders of our planet – the one home we all share – whilst showing the urgent need to treasure and protect it. It’s going to be an emotional and immersive experience and I hope to see you there!”

Three giant screens will present the incredible cinematography of Our Planet on a scale that has never been seen before, allowing audiences to be fully immersed into the wonders of earth’s wildlife and their habitats. Intelligent lighting will heighten the visual experience beyond the screens and around the arena, programmed to run in sync with the footage.

Our Planet Live in Concert is making a conscious effort to reduce the environmental impact of its events in many ways and this includes working with venues who are also committed to sustainability. The O2 Arena has now removed a wide range of single-use plastics from the venue and will continue these conversations about waste in the coming years.

There will also be a discretionary environmental levy from all ticket purchases. All proceeds from this discretionary levy will be used to help conserve forests by supporting the ‘Trillion Trees’ programme, a joint venture between WWF, BirdLife International and Wildlife Conservation Society who are fighting deforestation.

Tickets for Our Planet Live in Concert go on sale at 10am on November 29, 2019 and can be purchased via Ticketmaster.