Bradford Live will be a multi-purpose live events venue offering a strong calendar of world class music, comedy and family entertainment, as well as offering great conference and meeting spaces. The conference and meeting spaces will be multi-purpose from weddings to graduations and banqueting events.
The NEC Group will operate the building, bringing their expertise in live events, conferencing and catering to Bradford. The Group has made a 30-year commitment to attracting music, comedy, family entertainment and many other live events to the region, with plans for over 200 events annually.
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.
Bradford Live will host a wide variety of events from iconic music artists, to comedy, family entertainment and maybe even some sport.
The exciting nature of the events market mean the next type of event genre that will be in Bradford Live may not yet exist! Who would have believed e-sports would become so popular 5 years ago? Or that acts that played the venue in the 50’s and 60’s could ‘comeback’ in the 2020’s on a hologram tour!
We hope to host more than 200 events at Bradford Live each year.
We will have a variety of food and drink outlets inside Bradford Live to suit all dietary requirements, including halal.
Amplify, Bradford Live’s hospitality provider, will have a variety of options to upgrade your experience to include VIP seating areas and pre-show hospitality.
Our standard policy is that under 14 year olds will need to be accompanied by an adult aged 18yrs + with a valid ticket, into the venue. (i.e. 14yrs and over can come into the building on their own with a valid ticket). Certain shows may have further restrictions, depending on the content.
Sustainability has been at the heart of our plans and refurbishing the building rather than demolishing and re-building is the biggest sustainable action we took.
A building’s operating systems has the next biggest environmental footprint in its lifetime. To minimise this the original heating and cooling system has been re-purposed, all lighting will be LED, production systems will encourage event organisers to bring modern low energy LED stage lighting, and a comprehensive building management system will be installed to reduce energy use throughout the venue by area and by level.
Within our day to day operation our award-winning caterers, Amadeus, have a number of sustainable solutions for customers buying food and drink in their venues. 98% of Amadeus’s disposable packaging spend is on sustainable products – be that recyclable, biodegradable or compostable. The majority of ingredients and products will be sourced from within a 30 mile radius.
As we appoint a waste carrier, zero-to-landfill will be a target, after waste minimisation and recycling has taken place.
In a 1930s venue it has been a challenge at times, but we hope to have made Bradford Live fully accessible to all.
Firstly through flat floor access routes and secondly via lifts to access different floors, the customer journey has been considered throughout. From entering the building through to buying food, drink or merchandise, using the general or accessible toilet provision, enjoying our hospitality and then watching your chosen show or event from a choice of seating areas, an event at Bradford Live should offer equal access to all. We are also pleased to have a Changing Places facility.
Furthermore, we know the customer journey starts before getting to the venue. We are proud of the developments The Ticket Factory, our ticketing partner, has made to make online bookings as easy as possible for disabled people. They have launched a new registration scheme for disabled customers which will result in your access requirements being linked to your account and allow you to choose the right access online for all bookings we have access tickets available for. This also facility will be available for those booking events at Bradford Live.
We will have a hearing assistance system, assistance dogs will be welcome and medical facilities will be available and as design is completed more details will be published here. Signed performances are at the discretion of the event organisers, not the venue, but we will facilitate these at every opportunity.