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AMG takes over City Hall and adds the O2 brand

20 May 2019

MULTI-VENUE operator Academy Music Group (AMG) has taken over the running of the 2,135-capacity Newcastle City Hall.

The deal followed an agreement between AMG, Fusion Lifestyle and the City Hall. 

As part of the arrangement, the Grade ll-listed venue, which opened in 1927, has now been renamed O2 City Hall Newcastle.

“Newcastle has a musical heritage to be proud of,” says AMG chief operating officer Graham Walters. “It’s a city that is famed for its nightlife, and live music especially plays a major part in that.”

Forthcoming shows at the venue include UB40, The Vamps, Hozier, Will Young and James Morrison.

The Theatre Royal Trust took over the management of City Hall from Newcastle City Council in April 2016 and has made significant improvements to the building over the last three years.

“AMG is an industry leader in concert hall management and promotion,” says the Trust’s chief executive Philip Bernays. “They have the industry expertise and resources to develop both programming and the building to ensure O2 City Hall Newcastle continues to thrive as one of the major venues for Newcastle and the North-east.”

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