NEC Group welcomes Bradford Live to the family!

We’ve recently added Bradford Live to the NEC Group after announcing that we’ll take over the existing Bradford Odeon and create an all singing-all dancing 4,000 capacity venue! Read everything you need to know right here!


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Right, so where are we currently at with our latest venue? Well, demolition work is well underway at the former Bradford Odeon meaning we held our launch event over at the National Museum of Science and Media where we officially introduced Bradford Live to all the local councillors, businesses and community leaders who LOVED what we're doing with the place.


During the initial renovation phase, we’ve unearthed some absolute gems in terms of original building features which were hidden by the cinema shell which was installed in the 1960’s. It’s the first time in over 40 years that we’ve seen the fantastic art deco inspired structures which were used when the building was constructed way back in the 1930’s– and those original features are something we’re keen on incorporating into our restoration works ahead of the grand re-opening in 2020/2021…it’s going to look amazing!


We’re transforming the building, both inside and out, to deliver a brand new all singing, all dancing venue in the heart of this vibrant city. We’ll take all the beauty of the original 1930’s ballroom into our versatile conferencing and banqueting suite, plus, the original features from the auditorium will be fused into the new 4,000 capacity home of hot gigs, big shows and the best live events!


Our food offering within the venue will reflect the many beautiful cultures Bradford has pumping through it's veins – we’re talking a la carte dining through to street food, vegan to halal, we’ll be catering to suit everyone who walks through those grand doors. Our buddies Amplify, who give you lot the best hospitality experiences when you head to our place and over the road at Resorts World Arena, will be the lovely people behind the magic of Bradford Live's VIP offering for those extra special occasions!


Speaking at last week’s event Phil Mead, NEC Group Chairman for the Group’s arenas and ticketing company said: “We really want to put Bradford back on the map for major touring artists. The venue has seen legends play there, such as the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, and I’ve no doubt that we’ll see legends play there again. We are in preliminary talks with a number of promoters and event organisers to discuss the opening season and will announce this as our plans progress next year and construction dates are finalised." How excited does that sound!


He went on to say: “We’d like to encourage everyone in the Bradford area and beyond to start to share our enthusiasm for Bradford Live.”


Keep a look out because things are going to be moving fast. Remember, sign up for all the latest news, behind the scenes updates, exclusive content and for breaking artist and event announcements! Bradford Live is coming real soon!