Newcastle is one of the best places in the UK for a dedicated music scene, that ranges from amateur bands playing cover songs for Elvis in the local pub, to sell-out concerts that attract global artists like Lady Gaga to the Metro Radio Arena. The City of Newcastle is alive with music, every night of the week, and here are some of the most popular venues that attract regular audiences:
The Metro Radio Arena is the largest specifically designated entertainment venue in Newcastle upon Tyne. The Arena has a concert capacity of 11,000, which includes a combination of seating and standing tickets. Since hosting David Bowie in the opening music event, artists such as Elton John and Lady Gaga have played to packed houses. The Metro Radio Arena continues to host the most popular artists from around the world, that tour the UK.
O2 Academy Newcastle
The o2 Academy is at the heart of Newcastle’s premium music scene with fans queuing up for gigs most days of the week. The venue has a capacity of almost 2,000 with a mixture of standing and seating tickets available. The academy hosts both up-and-coming bands and established artists.
More information: O2 Academy Website.
Newcastle City Hall
Newcastle City Hall is a fantastic, multipurpose concert hall, located in Newcastle City Centre. The venue is utilised by the local community, as well as hosting many popular music and classical artists, as well as stand-up and comedy acts.
Newcastle City Hall hosts music performances from every genre, ranging from Catherine Jenkins and Jools Holland to Ronan Keaton and Peter Andre– there’s something for everyone! It is recommended that you always book ahead because local people snap up tickets for high profile performers very quickly.
More information: Newcastle City Hall Website.
The Sage Gateshead is a music centre for performance and education, where classical, jazz, acoustic, indie, country, world, electronic and dance music is currently played. The world-class entertainment venue is an acoustic dream for performers and a wonderful experience for audiences. The venue is the home of the Northern Sinfonia and is fast becoming one of the top classical music venues in the UK.
The Cluny is a live entertainment venue based in the Ouseburn Village, which is around 15 minutes walk from Newcastle City Centre. Live music gigs are at the heart of The Cluny & Cluny 2 (building next door), which is now recognised as one of the most important venues for breaking bands in the region and a natural outlet for mid-range, underground national and international touring bands. The Cluny is a small venue with a capacity of just over 100, but the intimate performances have proved to be very popular with audiences.
More information: The Cluny Website.
Digital is a superclub that attracts some of the top DJs from around the world. The nightclub has a top reputation in Newcastle for the quality of music, which is spread between three rooms and an outside terrace. Digital is primarily a nightclub with its own resident DJs, but Friday nights are reserved for special guest performances, including Turbulence: The best drum and bass night in the North East.