Newcastle City Hall prides itself on showcasing the finest acts from around the world, be it Rock, Pop, Comedy or Musicals the biggest names in the business play the City Hall.
The City Hall was opened in 1927 as part of the redevelopment which also includes the City Pool. The Harrison and Harrison Organ was added in 1928 to give Newcastle its first dedicated concert venue.
For almost 40 years the City Hall hosted concerts by major British Orchestras featuring conductors such as Sir Malcolm Sargent and soloists as Yehudi Menuhin and Kathleen Ferrier. In addition local choirs and societies hold their annual concerts here and there were celebrity recitals and talks as well as Civic functions.
The 60′s saw the cultural explosion of pop music and the hall was soon playing host to “package tours” featuring The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Little Richard and Jerry Lee Lewis, as well as Newcastle’s own “Animals”. Many shows featuring five or six acts such as Gerry and the Pacemakers, Gene Pitney, The Kinks and Marianne Faithful on one bill could be seen for 10/6 (52p) or less.
The City Hall has continued to host almost every rock and pop “great” since the 60′s as well as seeing the first tours of future legends. Throughout the 70′s, 80′s and 90′s the City Hall has maintained its position as one of the best and most used 2000 seated venues in the country, and one of many artists favourite gigs. Bruce Springsteen rates the City Hall show in 1981 as one of his three best shows and both Dire Straits and Elton John insisted on starting world tours in the Hall.
As well as music the City Hall has a tremendous reputation for comedy and has seen multiple sell out shows by Billy Connolly, Little Britain, Jimmy Carr, Al Murray, Frankie Boyle the list grows annually.
If you have any memories you’d wish to share that can be added to the website we’d love to hear from you. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or write to Miranda Robertson, Newcastle City Hall, Northumberland Road, NE1 8SF.
If you require a wheelchair seat please contact the Box Office on 0191 778030.
Selected reviews for this venue:
Mick Hucknall (30/04/13) - Still a great performer but.......
Mick still has it but could have really sent us all home with 1 more Simply Red song at the end! The show was short at 1.5hrs and the encore somewhat rehearsed. It was a great show but to close on Simply Red Money made me think thats what it was all about rather than the fans who paid above average prices!!
Address: Newcastle City Hall
Alight at Haymarket Metro Station and follow the signs for the Theatre Royal. We are less than five minutes walk from the Metro entrance on Northumberland Street.
The nearest Quaylink bus is on John Dobson Street only one minute walk from the City Hall.
The City Hall al is only fifteen minutes walk from Newcastle Central Station.
The City Hall is only five minutes walk from the Haymarket bus station.
Free Parking in all City Council multi-storey carparks after 5pm!
The two closest to Newcastle City Hall are Oxford Street multi-storey and Eldon Gardens Multi storey. Please note that these car parks close at 10pm Click here for more info.
John Dobson Street multi storey car park is open 24hrs. Please enquire at the box office on 0191 2778030 for discounts.
There are two parking spaces for blue badge holders on and three on Hood Street. Most parking meters are free to Blue Badge Holders.
Any customer booking a wheelchair seat will receive comprehensive information on access to the City Hall and it’s facilities when booking. Access to the box office is via College Street and is fully accessible.
There is no access to the Concert Bar and refreshment area for wheelchair users. Where customers are unable to access these areas due to ambulatory difficulties, a drinks service is provided by the City Hall. Members of staff are available and can take drink orders and arrange for then to be brought to the foyer/auditorium, on request.
There is no lift access to the balcony.