Bradford Odeon Moves Forward To Run As Live Music Venue
Graham Clark, Features Writer
The future of the Bradford Odeon moved a step closer yesterday to becoming transformed into a live music venue as the NEC Group International, the company behind the Birmingham NEC, was announced as the operator of the new music venue, which is due to open in 2020.
They will be the partner with Bradford Live, the group that has campaigned hard over the past 3 years to secure the Odeon's future, taking out a 30 year lease on the building and investing 2 million towards the renovation work which will be needed to turn the venue into one of the best medium sized venues in the country outside of London.
As well as the main auditorium, the magnificent 1930's Art Deco ballroom will be fully restored to its original splendour to host music gigs, weddings, banquets, corporate events and conferences and other live performances.
The plan to re-open the building as a music venue has been welcomed by some of the country's top bands.
The Kaiser Chiefs said:
"We've played a lot of great old theatre venues. Beautiful old buildings are perfect for rock 'n' roll shows - it can make a real difference performing in these characterful rooms, compared to plain black box type venues.
"The Bradford Odeon would make a brilliant venue for the north, especially as there isn't a room of that size in either Leeds or Bradford. It'd be a regular on the touring circuit."
Francis Rossi of Status Quo said:
"What the country needs is more places that can host concerts so that people can get out and hear great live music.
"We've toured up and down the country more than most and we know that places like this are essential. The Bradford Odeon has a great history and should be brought back into service."
A new 15 million cultural regeneration fund has been set up by the Government for the North of England.
Bradford Civic Society have started a petition calling the Leeds City Region to back the Bradford Odeon project and put it forward for a grant from the fund.
A petition has been set up and names can be added at www.change.org
Bradford Odeon Moves Forward To Run As Live Music Venue, 7th September 2017, 9:24 AM