Music Venues in Newcastle

Music Venues in Newcastle

Newcastle has some fantastic music venues that draw in international acts to rock local audiences. Here at Guitar Lessons Newcastle we really encourage our guitar students to go and see as much live music as they can. We also look to support up and coming local bands in any way we can. To help that along we have drawn together a list of the best music venues in Newcastle for local bands to start their gigging career at, along with where you should be checking out to watch some awesome touring UK bands. So, in no particular order...

O2 Academy Newcastle really is one of the best music venues in Newcastle to go and see the best in the business rock local audiences. The likes of Futureheads,  Kasabian, Bloc Party, Maximo Park, Charlie Simpson and Hard-Fi have graced the 2000 capacity venue since its opening in 2005. Local bands should be knocking the door down of the O2 Academy to try and support some of these great bands and with the 02 Academy Newcastle 2, a smaller 400 capacity venue for up and coming local bands the O2 is the perfect place to start building up your audience.

Metro Radio Arena opened in 1995 has seen the likes of Oasis, Coldplay, Robbie Williams, Linkin Park, Foo Fighters and AC/DC perform spectacular gigs. Opening night saw David Bowie play to a sold-out crowd setting the theme for the next fifteen plus years. With international bands regularly using the Metro Radio Arena as their gig date in the North East, it is well worth keeping an eye on who is playing here, but you will have to get your hands on tickets fast as the 11,000 concert capacity often sells out within hours. Seriously one of the top music venues we have.

The Cluny needs little introduction to those of you who know Newcastle's underground music scene. One of the best venues to start your gigging career at the Cluny has seen some great performances over the years from the likes of Maximo Park, Kate Nash, Wolf Gang and many many more, who have all learned there trade on this famous stage. Located at 36 Lime Street, NE1 2PQ all up and coming local bands should be looking to getting a gig at this venue. If you are a fan of music you should get yourself to a few gigs there too as you will be watching the bands that will go onto national fame in a few years time, see you on the front row.

Newcastle City Hall is a 2,000 capacity music venue that has seen some iconic acts over the years, not least the live recording of the Motorhead album No Sleep 'til Hammersmith, a UK number one album, within the venue. Slade also recorded a live album, Slade on Stage at the City Hall, more recently the likes of Ed Sheeran, Steve Vai and Joe Satriani and rock audiences. Certainly a venue worth keeping an eye on, local bands should be looking to support these greats onstage.

If you liked this article and would like to find out what bands came from Newcastle, check out the article about Famous Bands from Newcastle.

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