Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Happy 15th Birthday to the Arena; NEWCASTLE'S Metro Radio Arena Is Celebrating Its 15th Birthday. Entertainment Editor GORDON BARR Takes a Fond Look Back at Some of the Highlights of That Time

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Happy 15th Birthday to the Arena; NEWCASTLE'S Metro Radio Arena Is Celebrating Its 15th Birthday. Entertainment Editor GORDON BARR Takes a Fond Look Back at Some of the Highlights of That Time

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Byline: GORDON BARR

NEARLY 10 million people have passed through its doors since Newcastle Arena opened in November 1995 - and tens of thousands more will do the same before the year is out.

The venue has taken an average of 750,000 visitors a year - attracted to an array of events, from sporting fixtures and gigs to musicals and family shows, as well as exhibitions and conferences thrown in for good measure.

It is the city's biggest concert/sports hall, which was first known simply as Newcastle Arena, before becoming the Telewest Arena and now the Metro Radio Arena. The Arena, of course, has seen the world's biggest stars grace its stage since 1995.

It is usually quoted that the first pop act to ever perform there was David Bowie, though that is not strictly true. His support act, hence on stage before him, was a North East country duo, The Proud Ones. Since then the likes of Diana Ross, Kylie, Robbie, AC/DC, Oasis, Janet Jackson, Rod Stewart, Lady Gaga, Neil Diamond, Christina Aguilera, Michael Buble, Take That, Girls Aloud, Whitney Houston and Westlife, to name but a very small few, have appeared there.

The Arena has also attracted huge sporting events and some of the world's major musicals.

Les Miserables enjoyed a run there, while the Arena was the only UK venue included on the Mamma Mia! international tour in 2009 - a major coup. Next week sees comedian Peter Kay play five sold-out nights there - a first for the Arena.

They will mark the occasion by presenting him with a specially commissioned print - something that has become a fixture for record breakers at the venue.

In April 2007 Girls Aloud were presented with one for being the highest selling girl band to play the Metro Radio Arena - and they came back for four nights last year too.

The following year Kylie was presented with a print to commemorate a host of achievements: Quickest selling solo female artist; Highest grossing solo female artist; First solo female artist to perform four consecutive shows; Largest seated capacity for any artist. …

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