AEG Presents in saddle of Wolverhampton halls



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Following a multi-million-pound rehabilitation program that saw the venue closed for seven years, Wolverhampton Council-owned Wolverhampton Civic Halls (UK) will reopen doors next year with AEG Presents running the show.

‘Access All Areas’ stated that the Wolverhampton Civic Halls, which comprises the Civic Hall (capacity 3,000), Wulfran Hall (capacity 1,134) and Slade Rooms (capacity 500), was closed in 2015. Initial plans, costing £14.4m, were due to be completed in March 2018. The scheme’s budget has since escalated to more than £38m.

The Wolverhampton Civic Hall is a music venue in Wolverhampton, West Midlands, England. It has been one of the most notable live music venues in the county for several decades. It is part of a complex also including Wulfrun Hall and the Slade Rooms.

Los Angeles (US)-based AEG Presents is the world’s second largest presenter of live music and entertainment events after Live Nation. Apart from managing venues, AEG Presents promotes UK festivals including BST Hyde Park, All Points East and Eden Sessions.

‘Access All Areas’ quoted Leader of the Council, Councilor Ian Brookfield, as commenting, “AEG Presents passion for the iconic halls and ambition for the future matches our own and this partnership will not only deliver an outstanding venue with top-class entertainment for generations to come – it will be a keystone of our wider plans to reimagine the City center, to create local jobs and grow vital local businesses. Never has this been more needed than now, as we plot a path out of the pandemic.”

Brookfield added, “This is a great coup and a massive vote of confidence in the Council’s strategy and in our fantastic City. AEG Presents is a leading global brand that sees the tremendous opportunity and potential that both the Civic Halls and our City offer. We are very excited to have the opportunity to work with the AEG Presents team to reilluminate our community halls. This is backed by investments from the Council for Redesigning Outdoor Public Spaces and complemented by our plans to establish a leading hotel brand as part of the City Center of our Westside relocation.”

The Councilor continued, “The Civic Halls are an integral part of Wolverhampton’s entertainment and musical heritage and an important part of our visitor economy. We believe – and this is a belief shared by AEG Presents – that it has the potential to become a recognized event location not only regionally and nationally, but also internationally. The reopening and successful operation of the halls will bring great rewards – not only because it doesn’t cost taxpayers a cent – but also as important in terms of jobs and economic benefits to our City as we hope the effects of the pandemic will be.”

‘Wolverhampton News Today’ quoted AEG Presents CEO Steve Homer as stating, “Wolverhampton Civic Halls has a great history of being a first class venue for live music, when looking to expand our portfolio of venues it was the obvious choice. The Council’s ambition, commercial drive and significant investment coupled with our desire to provide high quality entertainment and customer service will forge a great partnership for years to come.”

The head honcho added, “We’re excited to be part of the team alongside the City Council to help grow the City and look forward to some amazing events in the Bürgerhallen. Personally, I am delighted to be able to help shape the future of this great venue after my first live concert in the Civic Hall.”

‘Wolverhampton News Today’ further stated that AEG Presents will work with development company Willmott Dixon Interiors on plans for the final stages of the redesign of the listed building.

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