Bringing the beat back to Bradford



An exciting transformation is underway to breathe life back into an iconic Bradford landmark. 

Located in the heart of a thriving city centre and originally built in 1930, the magnificent art deco building formerly known as the Bradford Odeon is being restored, bringing it back to its former glory as an entertainment hub for the city. The venue will open in 2022 as a world-class leisure and business destination.

The development is being managed by the Bradford Live team and the NEC Group (UK’s leading live events business) and when open is expected to attract 300,000 visitors each year. The venue will host a calendar of 200+ world class music, comedy and family entertainment events as well as providing the city with great conference, meeting and banqueting spaces.

Our vision is to create a cultural hub for the region that will celebrate the city and venue heritage while ensuring world-class event spaces for generations to come.


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The Bradford Live project is one step closer to transforming the city centre’s former Odeon building into a multi-purpose live events venue, following the appointment of local contractor RN Wooler & Co Ltd.

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In the third of our new series of podcasts, local historian Mark Nicholson reads an extract from his forthcoming book about the history of the Bradford Live building.

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