Tag: England

Companies, Fans Chip In for U.K. Venues

The Music Venue Trust has identified 556 venues across the U.K. that are in dire straits as long as they’re not allowed to open their doors because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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OVG Moves Forward in Manchester

Plans call for a capacity of 23,500 for the arena, which would be set to open in 2023. (Courtesy Oak View Group) New $450 million arena envisioned next to Etihad Stadium Oak View Group has confirmed that it will submit a planning application for a new 350 million pound ($450 million) arena in Manchester in the coming weeks. Subject to planning approval, the new venue is planned for a capacity of up to 23,500 and would take three years to build, with the first events planned to be held in 2023. Situated next to Etihad Stadium, the home of the Premier League’s Manchester City soccer club, it would be the biggest indoor arena in Britain, overtaking the nearby Manchester Arena and London’s O2 Arena, which both have a capacity of 21,000 (although Metallica cracked the O2’s attendance record when 22,211 guests saw its 2017 show there, thanks to the band’s […]

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Arena Birmingham to Get New Name in April

A rendering shows Utilita branding on Arena Birmingham, which will take on the power company’s name April 15. (Courtesy Arena Birmingham) Energy provider Utilita to take title role at U.K. venue U.K. energy provider Utilita has been announced as naming-rights partner of the 15,800-capacity Arena Birmingham, which will be known as Utilita Arena Birmingham effective April 15. Terms of the deal were not released. Utilita has a growing presence in the U.K. live events industry. Aside from partnering with a number of festivals in recent years, including Parklife, Trnsmt, Creamfields, V Festival, Bestival and Camp Bestival, it has entered into a naming-rights partnership with another venue, the 11,000-capacity Newcastle Arena. As in Newcastle, Utilita customers in Birmingham will receive exclusive access to presale tickets as well as VIP experiences and exclusive ticket offers at the arena, which has recently hosted the likes of Ariana Grande, Jack Whitehall and Take That. […]

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Bodega’s 20 Years of Breaking Bands

The Bodega was an early stop for bands such as The Strokes, The White Stripes and Arctic Monkeys. (Courtesy DHP Family) Nottingham, England, club marking birthday with series of shows The Bodega, one of DHP Family’s venues in Nottingham, England, is celebrating  its well-earned reputation for breaking bands with a 20th birthday weekender. Artists who have passed through the intimate 220-capacity room over the last 20 years, include The Strokes, The White Stripes, Arctic Monkeys, The xx, Scissor Sisters, Florence + The Machine, The 1975, Easy Life and Slowthai. Bodega’s Sam Keirl said in a statement: “It’s crazy to think of bands playing to a couple of hundred people in Nottingham and then a couple of years later they can be headlining Glastonbury. It’s very exciting to see who will be next! With a gig on most nights, we see a lot of amazing bands, some go on to huge […]

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NFL Arrives at Tottenham Stadium Sunday

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, designed by Populous’ London office, opened in April. (Courtesy Populous Events) Populous Events prepares new urban stadium for Bears-Raiders Tottenham Hotspur Stadium plays host to its first NFL game Sunday when the Chicago Bears meet the Oakland Raiders. For Populous Events, the league’s logistics partner, the challenge is managing crowd flow at the new facility, which is squeezed into an urban North London setting. It’s a gritty environment similar to Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, said Todd Barnes, senior event architect and senior principal for the firm’s Denver-based events group. Retail shops are reinforced with shutters that close after hours to prevent break-ins and low-income housing is close by. Down the street, mass transit lines move masses of people back and forth from downtown London, Barnes said. It’s a familiar setting for Tottenham Hotspur’s 3 million supporters, among England’s largest fan bases for a Premier League team. […]

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Wimbledon Fare: More Than Strawberries

For the annual tennis tournament, the emphasis is on quality. (Courtesy All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club) ‘Trying to deliver a food and drink experience that matches our aspiration of delivering tennis in an English garden’ LONDON – Wimbledon lies awash in a sea of green. From grass to ivy to facades, green plays across the southwest London grounds, but it is red that peppers color into the green. Specifically, 1.4 million single dots of strawberry red as The Championships, Europe’s largest annual catering event, serves up its staple strawberries and cream. Strawberries, though, account for just one aspect in what amounts to a 24-hour-a-day, two-week effort at the Grand Slam tennis event. “From our point of view, we are trying to deliver a food and drink experience that matches our aspiration of delivering tennis in an English garden,” said Anthony Davies, Wimbledon head of food and drink. “Choice […]

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MLB Bringing Baseball Food to London

London Stadium is being prepared for the arrival of Major League Baseball on Saturday and Sunday. (Getty Images) Delaware North puts months of planning into Red Sox-Yankees games When Major League Baseball descends upon London Stadium on Saturday and Sunday for two games between the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees, the first MLB games to be played in Europe, it will bring along the fanfare of America’s pastime. That will include plenty of USA in the food and beverage.  “The thing about the American food plan is it is all interesting, all part of the entertainment,” said Daniel Clark, operations director for U.K. business at Delaware North, concessionaire for the stadium. “You engage eating as part of the occasion, so the menu items are driven on Americana, grande nachos and super dogs loaded with pulled pork.”  Clark’s team visited Delaware North MLB locations in Atlanta and St. Louis […]

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Venue Planned for Closed Manchester Railroad Station

Manchester Mayfield railway station will become a multiuse cultural venue, pending local approval. 10,000-capacity Depot would draw city’s residents to redeveloping area U.K. venue experts Broadwick Venues have announced plans for a new temporary performance venue in Manchester, England, called Depot. The 10,000-capacity space, which is still subject to planning consent, will be created at Manchester’s historic Mayfield railway station. The launch is set for summer, with Manchester Pride Live on Aug. 24-25. The project is a collaboration between The Mayfield Partnership — comprising developers U+I and London and Continental Railways, Manchester City Council and Transport for Greater Manchester — as well as Broadwick Venues and Vibration Group, the team behind venues Printworks London, The Drumsheds and Exhibition London. If approved by the city’s planning authorities, the space will become a multiuse cultural center in a part of town that is undergoing a five-year regeneration process, after which the venue […]

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Manchester Arena Gets Digital Ticketing

Fans at Manchester Arena can use their phones as their tickets for all future shows. (Getty Images) Ticketmaster, SMG Europe introduce option at U.K.’s biggest indoor venue Ticketmaster and SMG Europe have introduced digital ticket technology at Manchester Arena. The aim is to offer fans a safer and easier way to buy tickets while ensuring that tickets are being bought and used by real fans through Ticketmaster’s Verified Fan processes. Visitors of Manchester Arena can receive tickets on their mobile phones, send them securely to friends entering the venue separately and make use of Ticketmaster’s fan-to-fan marketplace to resell unwanted tickets to other gig-goers. When digital tickets are resold, Ticketmaster cancels the original barcode and reissues a new one to ensure that tickets are verified and cannot be duplicated or missold. The digital tickets are animated on the header and footer, making it obvious if the ticket has been transferred […]

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