Mann Gains A Second Stage

For summer music concert-goers who find seated "shed" shows confining or acoustically unsatisfying, AEG Live will pose a new alternative this season at Fairmount Park's Mann Center for the Performing Arts.

Called the Skyline Stage, this new general admission, second show space will be set up at the very top of the Mann campus, in a large open field behind the concessions area, Crescendo restaurant  and restroom facilities.

Our favorite ambient/prog-rock group, Sigur Ros, is the first announced  headliner for the Skyline Stage, to land there July 30. Seats go on sale Friday, April 20 at 10 a.m.  Sigur Ros prides itself on the bell-like clarity and haunting atmospherics of its alt-Icelandic sound, as do fans. So all should find this wide-open, reverberant free,  back-to-nature  concert space much to their liking.

 Gotta wonder if the ringing will reach all the way to  Festival Pier at Penn's Landing, where Live Nation stages shows in a similarly basic, standing-room-only  space.