City Hall, Newcastle upon Tyne

Newcastle City Hall is a concert hall located in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. It has hosted many popular music and classical artists throughout the years, as well as standup and comedy acts. Opened in 1927, the City Hall was built as a part of a development which also included the adjacent City Pool. It has since become a venue for orchestras, rock and pop bands, and comedy acts, as well as for celebrity recitals, talks and civic functions.OrganIn 1928, to create the city's first dedicated concert venue, a Harrison and Harrison organ was built. A concert instrument, as opposed to a cathedral specification, it has been used for choral and orchestral concerts as well as organ recitals. It has 4,274 pipes, with a number of unique stops and has been described as "A Rolls-Royce" of organs.The organ is currently in a poor state of repair, although as a result of its neglect, the instrument is probably the last and largest example of a Harrison tubular-pneumatic action (most other large organs were converted to electro-pneumatic action after World War II). The organ is also unusual in that it is unaltered, as most comparable organs have been modified, added-to or revoiced.The British Institute of Organ Studies awarded it a Grade 1 Historic Organ Certificate in 2003, and it is classified as part of the hall's Grade II status.Closure threatIn November 2012, Newcastle City Council announced that, as part of a wider cost-cutting process, the future of the City Hall and the adjacent City Pool is under review, with a number of options being considered including closure or handing over the venue to an external operator. Council leader Nick Forbes pre-empted the outcome of the consulations process by stating that the City Hall has "No long-term future". In response, a 13,000 name petition against closure was presented to Newcastle City Council on 31 January 2013 by members of the Facebook 'North East Music History Group'. The City Pool has since closed, although the City Hall remains open.
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  • The show I saw was good, Islands in the Stream, but the venue keeps the bar open during the performance so people are constantly getting up and down and bringing drinks back into the hall. This shows ...  more »
  • We visited the city hall to see Rhod Gilbert, who was awesome. The hall has comfortable seating and we had good views from the stalls area. The toilets were good and clean, and plenty of them, so alth...  more »
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  • Attended a concert last night; Islands in the Stream. Enjoyed the concert itself but the security was heavy handed especially considering the average age of the concert goers was probably mid 40s - 50; hardly riotous and the venue only half full on ground floor only... When people got up to dance and over spilled into the aisles the young yellow vested security intervened by marching up and moving people back to seats, forcibly on occasion. It seemed every time a small group enthusiastically joined in with the concert, they were shut down. As the second half developed an atmosphere of defiance began to be felt. I believe this was fully down to the overly intrusive security team. Ultimately, the situation escalated for one concert goer who refused to move from the aisle and was forcibly removed with no obvious verbal interaction or negotiation occuring. The situation apparently got worse outside but again, the actions of staff should be questioned rather than blame merely placed on the concert goer. On speaking with a security representative on departure to highlight my concerns, I found them to be rude and dismissive. A real shame that a fun concert was tarnished in this way. If aisles can not not be danced in due to safety or fire regulations surely a short announcement at the start with a midway reminder would have be more appropriate? I will be contacting both the venue and the security team to pass on my comments.
  • I can only describe this as a strange venue. I visited Saturday to see Paul Smith. The queues to get in were big, but the bar queues were astronomical!!! A warm can or carlsberg was £5.25. If you got water you weren't allowed a lid and the seats were uncomfortable. Overall it was a great night but the venue didn't contribute to that although it was pretty.
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