BANGOR — Concerts will be making a comeback in Bangor Thursday night with Luke Bryan as the headliner.
This will be the first time performers take the stage and audience members fill the seating area at Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion since summer 2019.
“I would say that it’s gonna be a sold-out show and it’s gonna be a great time,” said Robert Ervin, architect of record with Ervin Architecture.
Robbie Snow of Waterfront Concerts said construction on the pavilion began prior to the 2020 season, which was canceled due to COVID-19.
When they found out concerts could take place during the summer of 2021, he said they had to pick up where they left off.
“We’re really trying to cram in about six months of work in about two months,” Snow said.
According to Ervin, a primary improvement is the elevation change between the front and rear of the venue.
“We have a terracing of sorts that moves down from the lawn towards the front of the stage with improved sightlines, really unprecedented for a venue this size,” Ervin said.
Although not everything will be completed for this season, Snow said there will be more concrete surfaces, bathrooms, and food services hopefully added by next May.
“We’re just trying to get it to a world-class venue, you know, just a little bit at a time, really up the fan experience, so people are happy to come here and celebrate with us, and that’s what it’s really all about,” Snow said.
Even though only four concerts are currently scheduled for this season, Snow said they are already in negotiations for 2022.
“It’ll give us some time this year to really spruce the venue up,” Snow said. “Pardon our appearance for the first couple shows while we work through some of this clean-up, but the idea is just to continue to pick away at it.”
Snow said there are no COVID-19 restrictions for audience members since the concerts are outside.