Last week, O2 Academy Newcastle marked a decade of bringing live music to the city with a 10 band bill of pure North East talent. The massive 10 year celebration took place exactly 10 years after the venue’s launch night which similarly saw home grown talent take to the stage, with performances from The Futureheads, Field Music and Kubichek!
With five hours of live music the festival-style event saw stunning sets in O2 Academy2 from Hazels, Tessera Skies, Street Party In Soho and Cape Cub, with headliners Kosoti bringing the upstairs room to a climatic close. Meanwhile in the main room, Dalarao, Shields, Du Blonde and Hyde & Beast all played ahead of Little Comets whose finale was triumphant and even saw the crowd sing‘Happy Birthday’ in O2 Academy Newcastle’s honour.
Paul Twynham, General Manager, said; “Last night was a fantastic celebration of the North East music scene and ultimately what the heart and soul of the venue is all about. We have been bringing artists from all over the UK and the world to Newcastle for a decade, but to see such a quality line up of home grown talent on the stage for our birthday party was just amazing. O2 Academy Newcastle is proud of its heritage and we’re looking forward to adding more iconic gigs to our list and continuing to be an important part of the city’s thriving live music scene.”
O2 Academy Newcastle has had a fantastic 2015 and before the end of the year will see gigs from Years & Years, Ride, Editors, Sigma, Everything Everything, Reel Big Fish, Nothing But Thieves, Nero, Courteeners, Jess Glynne and Foals. 2016 also has some amazing events lined up for live music fans, with shows from Gabrielle Aplin, Twenty One Pilots, Bowling For Soup and Fun Lovin’ Criminals confirmed to take place at the venue.
The O2 Academy Newcastle has a strong musical heritage and attracts over 350 events in a given year across its two sites, with up to 250,000 visitors. A beautiful historic building, Academy Music Group invested millions into the former city centre entertainment haunt and bingo hall on Westgate Road, and opened in October 2005 as a premier 2,000 capacity venue. Boasting a magnificent auditorium with original features in the ceiling stairways and balcony, it truly is a dramatic and atmospheric space. The venue also houses a secondary room, O2 Academy2 Newcastle with a capacity of 380, the perfect space for showcasing new talent from the local area and breaking new acts on the touring circuit.
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