The M&S Bank Arena is located on Liverpool's famous waterfront, just a stone's throw from the Albert Dock complex. The 11,000 capacity M&S Arena is connected to the Exhibition Centre Liverpool 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.
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.
The Tower Festival Headland is situated opposite Blackpool's famous tower. It houses a spectacular open-air events space for up to 20,000 spectators.
The Empress Ballroom in Blackpool forms part of the Winter Gardens complex of venues. Originally built in 1896, the Empress Ballroom is a spectacular Grade II listed building and is one of the largest ballrooms in the world. The Empress Ballroom has a capacity of 3,000 and has hosted everything from party political conferences to pop concerts, including The Beatles, Queen, Oasis and Radiohead.
King George's Hall is one of Blackburn's finest entertainment venues and was one of the first in Blackburn to have air conditioning. The venue was sympathetically renovated in 1994 and has a capacity of 3,500.
Located in Lime Street, Liverpool, the Liverpool Empire Theatre is the largest of its kind in the city and also the largest double tiered theatre in the UK. The theatre was originally opened in 1925 and was built on the site of the old Royal Alexandra Theatre and Opera House.
The Manchester Academy is the name of the main venue within the Students' Union of Manchester University. The site comprises four venues, Academy 1, Academy 2, Academy 3 and Club Academy. Academy 1 has a capacity of 2,300 and has been host to Nirvana, Manic Street Preachers, The Ramones and Lady Gaga. Manchester Academy is the UK's greenest venue.
Manchester Central is a highly versatile conference and exhibition facility located in the heart of Manchester city centre. Originally built in 1880, this impressive building operated as Manchester Central Railway Station for nearly 90 years until its closure in 1969. Following a £20 million redevelopment project conducted during the 1980s Manchester Central is now widely recognised as one of the UK’s greatest exhibition centres.
The Opera House, Manchester, is host to some of the world's most well-loved stage shows and ballet including West Side Story, The Phantom of the Opera and Gorillazs' Demon Days Live. The venue was also the host of the premier of the Take That musical, Never Forget, during which a DVD was recorded and is available from Amazon.
Formerly known as the Carling Academy Liverpool, the O2 is on the intersection of London Road and Hotham Street. The venue is comprised of two arenas holding 1,250 and 500 people. The venue has five bars shared between the two arenas. The Academy has been the starting point for many of the UK's top comedians and new bands.
With a capacity of 3,500, the Manchester Apollo was used as a cinema until the 1970s. It has hosted big name acts such as Kylie Minogue, Oasis and Queen. Because of the original usage as a cinema, the seating arrangement remains close to the stage giving a more personal experience than other similar venues.
Costing the equivalent of £2.3 million to construct, the Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool originally opened in 1849 but was destroyed by a fire in 1933. The new Hall opened in 1939 with its inaugural concert being conducted my Sir Thomas Beecham. The Hall is now host to around 250 concerts every year ranging from classical to rock to comedy.
The Preston Guild Hall complex features two large venues that host around three hundred events every year and attract more than 100,000 visitors. The Grand Hall Arena was originally designed as a concert hall with seating for over 2,000. Its multi-purpose layout and flexibility allows the venue to host dinner events, sporting events, conferencing and dance events.
The Sands Centre is the premier venue serving Cumbria and the south west of Scotland. The centre was built in 1984 and serves around three quarters of a million visitors each year. The centre has leisure and conferencing facilities and hosts many established and upcoming acts and sporting events.