Stockton Globe, ATG’s brand new flagship music and comedy arena, due to open its doors in 2021, has revealed its £28m restoration and a raft of hotly anticipated new music and comedy shows due to go on general sale at 10am Friday 23 October on the venue website.
The news was announced at a digital industry showcase, hosted by DJ and broadcaster Georgie Rogers and Stockton Globe’s General Manager, Jo Ager, who presented from the historic venue’s stage via green screen VR technology.
The line-up of acts is a statement of intent by the ATG venue, in its ambition to emulate a history that saw global stars such as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Stevie Wonder and Chuck Berry grace the Globe’s stage in its previous life.
The historic 3,000+ capacity North East venue, currently being restored to its former Art Deco glory, has been revealed via a fly through CGI video, that showcases exactly how the stunning venue will look, highlighting features including the flexible standing and seated configuration, new purpose built bars, VIP areas, dressing room suites, orchestra pits and of course the additional 200 capacity gig venue and cafe bar, The Link.
The venue has been designed with a modern audience in mind, with exceptional customer and artist experience, a £1.8m technical infrastructure and digital ticketing system.
Re-opening in 2021, after more than 45 years since the last live performance, the Stockton Globe will be a huge asset for the Borough’s economy, attracting up to 200,000 visitors per year and bringing millions of pounds into the local economy each year. Its restoration is key to the development of Stockton High Street and will create the biggest live entertainment venue between Newcastle and Leeds, right at the heart of the Tees Valley.
Its restoration has been led and funded by Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council with support from a £4.5m National Lottery grant through The National Lottery Heritage Fund’s Heritage Enterprise scheme.
The Stockton Globe is due to complete in April 2021 and will be run by the world’s leading operator of live entertainment venues, Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG).
Councillor Jim Beall, Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Health, Leisure and Culture, said: “The calibre of these acts speak for themselves and I have no doubt that these shows going on sale following on from the Paloma Faith and Diversity announcements will be starting to get people from near and far very excited for the Globe’s reopening next year.”
He added: “It’s an eclectic mix of entertainment on offer and it demonstrates just how well-suited the venue is to a wide range of performances. The momentum is building quickly as more of next year’s programme gets announced and I’d encourage everyone to get signed up to the mailing list so they can avoid disappointment!”
General Manager, Jo Ager said: “We’re ecstatic to reveal the amazing names that we are bringing to Stockton Globe when we re-open next year. The people of Stockton know the history of the venue, but what we have planned for the future will make everyone, everywhere, sit up and take notice. This is the start of something really special; as we move forward, we will continue to focus on music, comedy and family-based performances and bringing the best in the business to our stage.”