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Historically, the North East has created a wealth of diverse musical talent and O2 Academy Newcastle's city centre site already had a musical heritage. Originally built as a Picture House (The New Westgate) in 1927, it was once the legendary Majestic Ballroom, famed for a performance by The Beatles in 1963, who went on to write their biggest selling UK hit, ‘She Loves You’ after the show! As well as The Beatles, The Moody Blues, The Kinks, Spencer Davis Group, The Hollies, Van Morrison and the Small Faces are just a few other famous names that graced the Majestic Ballroom stage.
Academy Music Group announced the successful acquisition of building on Westgate Road in April 2005 and a £4 million total refurbishment of the site took place to create a magnificent near 2,000 capacity auditorium. The venue opened on Friday 14th October 2005 with an exclusive, sell-out live performance by The Futureheads, plus support from fellow locals, Field Music and Kubichek!
O2 Academy Newcastle has retained the original ceiling features, stairways, stage and balcony creating a dramatic and atmospheric space to present to major artists and AMG has invested heavily in its production equipment to offer high quality, professional, in-house services as standard. The venue also has the capability to become an ‘all seated’ format as an alternative arrangement for varied shows and events.
The 400 capacity O2 Academy2 Newcastle is a stand-alone gig venue and also acts as a second room for club nights and dance events. It is perfect for showcasing new talent from the local area and breaking new acts on the touring circuit.
O2 Academy Newcastle is also home to popular club residencies 'Dirty Pop'; the city's biggest student party on a Friday night, whilst the weekend satisfies clubbers with 'PROJEKT' every Saturday.
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We operate our own guest list and box office from the venue entrance and provide staffing for this from 30 minutes before doors. We will happily deal with all your guest lists from our box office.
CURFEW – THERE IS A STRICT NOISE STRICT CURFEW UNTIL 4PM MON-FRI
The Venue operates a strict 10pm curfew with a club turnaround on Friday nights and some Saturday nights (TBC when booking). On these shows the house racks and stacks must be used and touring lighting kept to a floor package.
There is a purpose built booth at the back of the main room. Please contact our designated agent CMI Ltd. to discuss merchandise arrangements for your show. Tel: 0121 683 0901.
Security is provided by Showsec International Ltd. and booked through the Venue, please contact the general manager for details, or to discuss any specific security requirements.
Local crew is provided in-house and are booked through the venue.
There are 4 dressing rooms, 1 production / promoter’s office, 3 showers and 2 toilets backstage.
Please note there are no laundry facilities available at the venue.
There is a small kitchen and dining area that can be used for catering, caterers must bring their own cooker and gas supply. There is 2 x 16A single phase+ 1 x 32A single phase available.
The dining area is set up in the main room and must be clear 60 minutes before doors open. Any touring catering company wishing to use the venues facilities must fill out and return the ‘Visiting Caterers Agreement’ form available from the technical manager.
Included with the hire of the venue and fixed at a distance of 1.2m is a Mojo-style ‘blow through’ front of stage pit barrier, for audience safety we insist this be used on all standing format shows. The FOH position is also protected with Mojo at the front of the position and at the sides and back by a purpose built barrier.
A parking map can be found HERE. Bays can be suspended for £15/bay + £25 council admin charge per booking (max. £250). There is space for up to 4 x buses / 3 x trucks or a combination of either. There are 2 x 16A single phase supplies for bus power.
Load-in is located at street level via a ramp through a set of double doors to the dancefloor, a short push then via ramp to stage. There is very limited storage for empty cases, most will have to go back on the truck / trailer. During changeover support acts load gear off the front of the stage in to the pit, down some stairs and out of the stage door to the street to be packed down outside. There is security to keep an eye on it.
For further Technical Specifications please contact our venue technical manager: