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Bradford Live announces the first shows as part of its 2024 launch season

Bradford Live announces the first shows as part of its 2024 launch season

  • Written by Charles Hayslett
  • BBC News, Yorkshire

Image source, Tim Ronalds Architects

Comment on the photo, The Bradford Live façade will feature a large screen advertising upcoming concerts and events

Honoring two music greats are the first shows to be announced at a long-awaited new entertainment venue.

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The former cinema has sat empty for 23 years, with work continuing to transform the site into a 3,800-capacity venue.

Darren Moore, general manager, said it was “very exciting” to start advertising events.

The venue is scheduled to open in the fall, although the exact date has not yet been confirmed.

NEC Group, the operator, said it expects the developer to hand over the space mid-year, allowing it to complete the final fit-out.

Comment on the photo, The former Odeon building on Goodwin Street has been empty for 23 years and is scheduled to open as a 3,800-capacity venue in late 2024

The venue hopes to attract 300,000 visitors annually and host more than 200 events.

Opened in 1930 as the New Victoria, the building later became Gaumont and hosted some of music's biggest stars such as Buddy Holly and the Beatles.

It became a center for Odeon films and a top-ranking bingo club in 1969, but closed in 2000 and was threatened with demolition.

Tickets for the first shows go on sale Friday.

“We are now in the opening year, and to be able to start announcing events is very exciting,” Moore said.