Have you got your front row seat at Andre Rieu’s musical extravaganza in Maastricht? Have you got your front row seat at Andre Rieu’s musical extravaganza in Maastricht?
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Have you got your front row seat at Andre Rieu’s musical extravaganza in Maastricht?

Our broadcast of Rieu’s legendary Maastricht concert gets you close enough to see the sparkle in Rieu’s cravat pin and the twinkle in his eye.

Words Kirsty Knaggs.

Although he’s affectionately known as the King of Waltz, André Rieu’s popularity transcends far beyond the boundaries of classical music. His concerts are glittering, technicolour events, with spectacular scenery, vibrant costumes, firework displays, balloon drops and dazzling light shows.

Why is Maastricht so special?

His 60-strong Johann Strauss Orchestra has a hectic global touring schedule, selling out stadiums everywhere they go, but the highlight is undoubtedly when they return to Maastricht, Rieu’s hometown. For several evenings every summer, the city’s stunning medieval square Vrijthof is turned into an open-air concert hall, with tens of thousands of fans travelling from all over the world to join the party of the year.
Have you got your front row seat at Andre Rieu’s musical extravaganza in Maastricht?

What's in store this year?

This year will be more special than ever, as the Johann Strauss Orchestra is marking its 30th anniversary: it was founded by Rieu in Maastricht back in 1987 with just 12 musicians, some of whom are still with the orchestra. Tickets for these lavish shows always sell out months in advance, and this year’s anniversary performance has been more in demand than ever.

How do I get a ticket?

It’s not too late to get a front row seat: we’re screening the penultimate concert on 22nd July, with an encore on 23rd July. Our broadcasts get you close enough to see the sparkle in Rieu’s cravat pin and the twinkle in his eye.

What can I expect?

The cameras take you right in amongst the orchestra, the music swelling around you in surround sound, and you’ll get an uninterrupted view of every performer on the stage and every face in the packed square. It’s also an all-access pass to backstage – in the interval, Rieu will take part in an interview just for broadcast audiences, giving you an exclusive insight into the man behind the music.

Get tickets for Andre Rieu's 2017 Maastricht Concert at Vue on 22nd July.