NEWCASTLE, UK (CelebrityAccess) — Academy Music Group Limited announced that following an agreement Fusion Lifestyle and Newcastle City Council, AMG would operate the 2,135-capacity Newcastle City Hall.
“Newcastle has a musical heritage to be proud of. It’s a city that is famed for its nightlife, and live music especially plays a major part in that” says Graham Walters, Chief Operating Officer, Academy Music Group. “Here at AMG, we are renowned for our experience in live entertainment and venues across the UK, particularly historic and listed buildings; and we’re delighted to be shaping one of Newcastle’s most iconic venues with the ambition to entertain and preserve its amazing history. We look forward to presenting a full range of live music and events and securing its future for many years to come.”
“Academy Music Group is an industry leader in concert hall management and promotion” adds Philip Bernays, Chief Executive, Newcastle Theatre Royal Trust. “They have the industry expertise and resources to develop both programming as well as the building to ensure O2 City Hall Newcastle continues to thrive as one of the major venues for Newcastle and the North East.”
AMG is taking over operation of the historic concert hall from Newcastle Theatre Royal Trust, which has been overseeing a revitalization of the facility since 2016.
The venue, which first opened in 1928, was first built to host concerts by major British orchestras, but by the 1960s, was hosting pop and rock shows from major touring artists. Performers who have graced the venue’s stage include Bruce “The Boss” Springsteen, who performed there in 1981, as well as Dire Straits and Elton John, who both launched tours at the venue.
Upcoming shows at the O2 City Hall Newcastle include UB40, The Vamps, Hozier, Eddie Izzard, Will Young, and James Morrison.