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  • O2 Academy Newcastle

    O2 Academy Newcastle   O2 Academy Newcastle is one of the North East’s Premier live music venues.   A beautiful & historic building which boasts a magnificent 2000 capacity auditorium plus a 380 capacity intimate 2nd space. A dramatic and atmospheric place to experience some of the biggest names in music. The venue also hosts two of the country’s biggest and most renowned club nights each and every week:   DIRTY POP – EVERY FRIDAY Newcastle’s Biggest Student Night   PROJEKT – EVERY SATURDAY Newcastle’s biggest Saturday party! #LetsGoDancing 11:00pm – 3.00am   Public Transit Nearest Metro stations are Central Station (2 minute walk) and Monument (5 minute walk). Useful travel information available here:   To find out What’s On at the 02 Academy Newcastle click here.          

  • The Stand

    The Stand Comedy Club Fabulous Comedy Club hosting a great range of top comedians, a guaranteed great night out! Built on the success of their hugely popular sister venues in Edinburgh and Glasgow.  Regarded by many as the best comedy clubs in the country. Their bistro is open everyday too with a lovely, relaxed and enclosed courtyard where you can sit in the sun and enjoy a scone. Attracting some of the biggest names in comedy while supporting new local acts there’s something for everything, come along and find out what all the fuss is about.

  • Metro Radio Arena

    Metro Radio Arena The Metro Radio Arena Newcastle is the largest concert and exhibition venue in the North East of England and is capable of supporting the very best in entertainment. Their superb 40,000sq metre site can support concerts with over 11,000 seats and host everything from weddings to Lady Gaga! You can view a full list of What’s On at the Metro Radio Arena here. General Enquiries: 0844 493 4567  Tickets: 0844 493 6666 Group Bookings: 0191 260 6006 The Metro Radio Arena has a strong commitment to the North East as a region and prides itself on employing local staff within its venues who know the area and its people, and also using local suppliers. How to get there by Car or Coach The Metro Radio Arena Newcastle is only 3 minutes from the A1 North – South route. Take the A184 signposted ‘City Centre’, then follow the A189 over the Redheugh Bridge.  When in the vicinity of the Arena, follow the signs to the appropriate car parks. Our full address for your sat nav is – Metro Radio Arena, Arena Way, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7NA Public Transport Many local bus services, Tyne& Wear Metro and rail services stop at Central Station, which is only around a 5 minute walk away from the Arena. Buses from Hexham, Stanley, Consett and many parts of Gateshead and Newcastle all stop at Central Station. Eldon Square and Haymarket Bus Stations are around a 10 minute walk from Newcastle Arena. Public Transport information can be found at or by calling Traveline on 0871 200 2233. Arena Event Car Parking There are over 600 convenient Official Car Park spaces available on site at the rear of the building that offer; CCTV cameras Regular security patrols Alternatively, when our Car Park is full, we recommend using the NCP Car Park located next to the Arena, with its entrance on Redheugh Bridge Road. You may be able to book your car park place when you purchase your event tickets; we have a limited number of discounted spaces available saving £1 on the usual fee, available for certain concerts. Cars with wheelchair patrons can park at the Arena subject to availability on a first come first served basis. Pre-booking is not available. Dropping Off & Picking Up Dropping off can be made along Railway Street. You are advised to collect people from an area away from the Arena as it is likely that you will become involved in heavy traffic. For many shows the road at the front of the building, Redheugh Bridge Road, will be closed for pedestrian safety and approach should be made via Pottery Lane from the east, or up Shot Factory Lane from Skinnerburn Road next to the river. Taxis Taxis can pick up on Railway Street/Arena Way before and after events. There is also a taxi rank at Central Station.    

  • City Hall, Newcastle

    City Hall  Newcastle City Hall is a concert hall located in Newcastle upon Tyne.  It has hosted many popular music and classical artists throughout the years, as well as standup and comedy acts. Opened in 1927, the City Hall has become a venue for orchestras, rock and pop bands, and comedy acts, as well as for celebrity recitals, talks and civic functions.   For updates on entertainment and what’s on in the North East subscribe to our handy blog.  

  • Theatre Royal Newcastle

    Theatre Royal Newcastle Newcastle Theatre Royal is the leading theatre in the North East.   Every year they present over 400 performances to over 300,000 people, and host the region’s favourite pantomime.  Showcasing some of the finest drama, the brightest West End musicals, the cream of the comedy circuit, award winning ballet and dance, family friendly shows, the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre, Opera North and Rambert Dance. Easily accessible from Monument Metro it is a popular venue and part of the beautiful, a picturesque and photogenic Grey Street. Granted its Royal licence by King George III, the Theatre Royal Newcastle opened on Drury Lane off Mosley Street in 1788 and soon established itself as one of England’s leading theatres. Three months before Queen Victoria ascended the throne, in February 1837, the Theatre moved to Grey Street, a flagship building in Grainger and Dobson’s famous city plan.  It features what is generally regarded as the finest Theatre façade in the UK, later combined with a fine 1901 auditorium by one of the great Theatre architects, Frank Matcham after the original interior had been destroyed by fire in 1899. Over the centuries, many of the great names of the English stage have played at the Royal, from Keane to Irving, Olivier to Dench and the Hollywood greats Orson Welles, Charlton Heston and Jack Lemmon have also trodden the famous boards.  In 2009 the modern great Sir Ian McKellen described the Theatre Royal Newcastle as his favourite theatre. The Grade I Listed Theatre today is both neo-classical monument and cultural engine, with an annual audience of 337,000 and over 400 performances each year.  The third home of the Royal Shakespeare Company, alongside Stratford-upon-Avon and London, its programme is rich and varied featuring world-class drama, including National Theatre productions, an Opera North Season, and a rich array of contemporary dance, musicals and comedy. For updates on entertainment and what’s on in the North East subscribe to our handy blog.

  • Tyne Theatre & Opera House

    Tyne Theatre & Opera House Tyne Theatre & Opera House offers the best in Music, Comedy and Theatre and is run by the Preservation Trust’s subsidiary, Tyne Theatre and Opera House Ltd.  It is a social hub of entertainment, hosting variety performances, comedy, ballet, musicals and live concerts. Opened in 1867, the Theatre itself is a Grade 1 listed theatre rated in the top 4% of listed buildings by English Heritage and has been afforded a the three star rating, the highest available, by the Theatres Trust, branded as “a very fine theatre of the highest theatrical and architectural quality“. The importance of the architectural and theatrical heritage of the building is also recognised by The Association of Historic Theatres in Europe and OISTAT (the International Organisation of Scenographers, Theatre Technicians and Architects).  Tyne Theatre and Opera House Preservation Trust became the freehold owner of the building in 2008. Located in the centre of Newcastle, Tyne Theatre & Opera House is easily accessible by the city’s varied public transport systems.  There is a choice of off-street parking nearby and a wealth of restaurants, shops, hotels and local amenities.   For updates on entertainment and what’s on in the North East subscribe to our handy blog.    

  • Playhouse Whitley Bay

    Playhouse Whitley Bay This beautifully refurbished venue is the flagship of a major re-generation project, breathing new life into the famous coastal resort of Whitley Bay.  The theatre has had a long history and has been an important part of the lives of many people living in and visiting the town. The venue boasts 630 luxury auditorium seats, a 10 seater corporate viewing suite and a contemporary look and feel to its bars and lounge areas which features a fabulous sea view.  The transformation of the venue, situated on Marine Avenue, is a key part of North Tyneside Council’s £64million regeneration programme for Whitley Bay.  It has also become an integral part of the local community programme, regularly playing host to productions from local artistic and drama groups.   Public Transport The nearest Metro Station is Monkseaton Metro Station. Leave the Station and turn left to the end of Norham Road. Turn right and walk down Marine Avenue for 15 minutes and you will see the PLAYHOUSE on your right. From Whitley Bay Station go straight ahead down Station Road at the end of the road turn left onto Whitley Road and the turn second right onto Park Road and follow this road diectly to the PLAYHOUSE. To plan your route, or for more information, visit Nexus Travel free on the Metro with your theatre ticket (up to two hours before and after the performance) – simply retain your theatre ticket for inspection by Metro Staff. New Smart Card System: At stations with ticket gates in operation, show your ticket to the member of Metro staff on duty at the gates.   Car Parking A public car park is available next to the PLAYHOUSE, could you kindly respect the permit parking on the street for local residents. Find the PLAYHOUSE with your Sat Nav – NE26 1LT   Bus Routes Nearby routes, 17, 17a, 1, 309 & 310.   Party At The PLAYHOUSE The PLAYHOUSE is available for private parties.  All of their private events are tailored to meet your needs with their dedicated events team who can arrange as much or as little as you like! VIP Area Make your trip to the theatre a night to remember! reserve a private VIP area or our 10 seat executive suite and enjoy a wide range of specialised catering and bar facilities.   Adult Occasions Fabulous catering and drinks packages available for your special event; from birthday parties to a wedding reception. Offering a range of catering from champagne and canapés to hot and cold buffets all individually tailored to meet your needs and make your occasion one to remember!   For updates on entertainment and what’s on in the North East subscribe to our handy blog.    

  • The Sage

    The Sage Gateshead Sage Gateshead is an international home for music and musical discovery, bringing about a widespread and long-term enrichment of the musical life of the North East of England. Located on the Newcastle Gateshead Quayside, Sage Gateshead is a must see if you’re visiting the region. Easily accessible by both Gateshead and the Millennium Bridge, a pedestrian and cyclist tilt bridge, this landmark building and internationally acclaimed, acoustically perfect music spaces that have become a home and hub for live music and musical discovery in the North East. The Royal Northern Sinfonia, Orchestra of Sage Gateshead, is the UK’s only full-time chamber orchestra and the leading professional orchestra in the North East. Sage Gateshead is proud to have been selected as one of 22 PRS for Music Foundation Talent Development Partners. At Sage Gateshead they offer a dining destination where the innovative menus and own blend coffee enhance your visitor experience.  Overlooking Newcastle Gateshead’s quayside with the accompanying live music on the concourse you can enjoy a delicious array of homemade cakes, afternoon tea and mouth-watering meals. The Sir Michael Straker Café is open from 9am offering a wide range of meals, refreshments and drinks. Closing times vary depending on performances, please call us for more information on 0191 443 4742. Whether you want to book a ticket, plan a visit or simply discover what Sage Gateshead can offer, all the information you need to enjoy your visit can be found here. Ticket Office Hours Ticket Office is open Monday – Sunday from 12noon – 6pm on non-performance days.  On performance days it is open at 12noon up until thirty minutes after the start of the last performance.   On Sundays and Bank holidays phone booking closes at 6pm.  It is possible to book tickets and make donations online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.   View what’s on and book tickets now. Tickets for classes taking place in The Greggs Children’s Room before 12noon can be purchased from Welcome Desk. At weekends tickets are available from Welcome Desk 20 minutes before the start of the session. Welcome Desk Opening Hours Monday to Friday: 9am – 4pm Weekends: Closed During opening hours, Welcome Desk can be contacted on 0191 443 4666. Building Opening Hours Sage Gateshead is open from 9am, 7 days a week unless otherwise stated.  Building closing times vary.  On performance days the building will remain open for up to an hour after the performance finishes.  On non-performance days the building will close 30 minutes after the last workshop has started.  Please note these times may change, please call welcome desk on 0191 443 4666 to confirm.
  Last entry to the building is 30 minutes before it closes.