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The Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC) is an entertainment complex holding up to 8,500 spectators and is situated on the east side of Bridge of Don, near the Royal Aberdeen and Murcar Golf Clubs. It has been host to the likes of Muse, Kaiser Chiefs, Girls Aloud and Westlife.
Owned by the NEC Group, the National Indoor Arena (NIA) in Birmingham was opened in 1991. At the time, it was the largest UK indoor arena of its type. Its current capacity is up to 15,800 with standing area.
The Bournemouth International Centre (BIC) is a multi-purpose venue that hosts conferences, exhibitions, leisure and entertainment events. Following a series of large redevelopment programmes the BIC now boasts a total of 4 auditoria, with the largest (Windsor Hall) having a capacity of 6,500. The Bournemouth International Centre is the largest venue of its kind on the South Coast.
The Brighton Centre is a multi-purpose venue with the flexibility to accommodate conferences, exhibitions, grand banquets and music concerts. The main hall at the Brighton Centre has a capacity of 5,100 for standing concerts. The Brighton Centre promotes itself as the south coasts premier venue.
Cardiff Motorpoint Arena, formerly known as the Cardiff International Arena or CIA, has been welcoming the world's biggest acts from far and wide since it first opened in 1993. With a capacity of 7,500 the venue is quite compact, but it remains a popular fixture with artists and fans alike. As well as being a successful music concert venue, Cardiff Motorpoint Arena has also played host to comedy acts, ice skating exhibitions, wrestling bouts and business events.
The First Direct Arena in Leeds is one of the UK's newest entertainment venues. Sir Elton John officially opened the venue in September 2013 with his sell-out concert. The First Direct Arena has a 13,500 capacity and is the first entertainment venue in the UK to have a fan-shaped orientation.
The Sheffield Arena was opened by the Queen in 1991 and was initially used to host the World Student Games. Since then it has gone on to host many of the world's biggest music acts including U2, Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen, Robbie Williams and Beyonce among others. This versatile arena offers a capacity ranging from 3,500 (for theatre-style shows) to 13,500 (for larger productions).
Birmingham's Genting Arena has a capacity of 16,000 and remains a favourite venue for many of the world's big live acts. Originally named the NEC Arena after it opened in 1980, the arena underwent a £29 million rennovation in 2008/09 and was then renamed the LG Arena.
The Hammersmith Apollo was originally opened in 1932 as a cinema. With a (standing) capacity of just over 5,000 it has now developed into a very popular concert venue.
The Echo Arena is located on Liverpool's famous waterfront, just a stone's throw from the Albert Dock complex. The 11,000 capacity Echo Arena is connected to the BT Convention Centre and together they are known as the ACC Liverpool (Arena & Convention Centre Liverpool).
Manchester Arena – formerly known as the Nynex, MEN Arena, and most recently the Phones 4u Arena – is one of the largest indoor concert venues in Europe, with a maximum capacity of 21,000. Manchester Arena features full 360 degree (bowl) seating, with an upper tier and a lower tier separated by hospitality boxes.
The Metro Radio Arena is a sporting and entertainment arena holding up to 11,000 spectators. Previously the Telewest Arena, it is now sponsored by Metro Radio and is home to the Newcastle Eagles basketball team and the Newcastle Vipers ice hockey team. The Arena has hosted Beyonce, Jonas Brothers and Michael McIntyre to name a few.
Situated in the heart of Nottingham city centre and with a capacity of 10,000, Motorpoint Arena Nottingham hosts the biggest names in live music, comedy and sports.
London's O2 is the building formerly known as the Millennium Dome and is situated on the Greenwich peninsula. It is also known as the O2 Arena, the O2 Dome and the O2 Centre. It has a 20,000 capacity and has been, and continues to be, host to some of the biggest live acts in the world today.
Belfast's SSE Arena (formerly Odyssey Arena) was opened in 2000 and forms part of a large sports and entertainment complex on Queens Island. With a capacity of 11,000 the SSE Arena is the largest indoor arena in Northern Ireland.
Wembley's SSE Arena was opened in 1934 as a swimming pool to host the Empire Games. From its initial usage as a sporting arena it is now widely recognised as one of the premier music venues in the UK. The SSE Arena has a capacity of 12,500, which makes it London's second largest indoor arena.
The SSE Hydro in Glasgow is one of the UK's newest entertainment venues. Rod Stewart officially opened the venue in September 2013 with his sell-out concert. The SSE Hydro has a 13,000 capacity and stands on the site of the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC).
The 3Arena is Ireland's largest indoor arena with its 14,500 capacity. It is also one of the busiest arenas in the world in terms of ticket sales. The arena was built on the site of The Point Theatre which closed in 2007 to make way for the new building. The venue has hosted many or the world's biggest live acts – including Kings of Leon, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Guns N' Roses, Rihanna, Robbie Williams, Beyonce, plus many others.
Aberdeen Music Hall is a music venue on Union Street in the centre of Aberdeen. The hall underwent a large scale modernisation and rennovation in the 1980s. Regulars to make appearances are the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, in addition to a variety of rock and pop concerts, and the annual Aberdeen International Youth Festival.
As part of the Winter Gardens, Blackpool Opera House is Europe's second largest theatre and can accommodate just under 3,000 people. The Opera House has been host to one of the largest arrays of stars at any venue including Frank Sinatra, Bob Hope, Tom Jones right through to Jim Davidson and Peter Kay.