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Nightlife to Remember - Music, Movies, Shows, and Dancing in Newcastle Upon Tyne

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When it comes to after-dark entertainment, Newcastle Upon Tyne has it all. Multi-screen cinemas show the latest blockbusters and stadiums host the biggest names in rock and pop. High-energy dance clubs attract those who plan to dance until dawn. For less intense nightlife, you can seek out quieter venues where the playlist leans towards jazz and easy listening.

Leisure centres and cinemas

 

You'll find half a dozen cinemas in Newcastle Upon Tyne's city centre. Most have several screens, and all show newly released mainstream movies for all age groups. For a night that can include dining, cocktails, dancing, and casino gaming all under one roof, visit one of the city's big leisure centres, where you'll find all of these and more.

 

The Gate

 

This enormous leisure centre offers cocktail bars, restaurants, a piano bar, casino, and Newcastle's biggest cinema, with 16 screens.

 

Newgate Street, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE1 5TGTel: +44 191 223 5000

 

The Gate website

Arenas and stadiums

 

Newcastle Upon Tyne's biggest venues attract adoring fans in their thousands when the greatest stars of the music world come to town. You can join the crowd at modern arenas and stadiums such as Metro Radio Arena and St. James' Park. You can also watch boxing, wrestling, basketball, and other sporting events at these venues.

 

Metro Radio Arena

 

Metro Radio Arena is Newcastle Upon Tyne's premier venue for massive rock and pop events. This 11,000-seat arena has hosted names like David Bowie, Guns 'n' Roses, and Elton John, and shows such as Riverdance and Cirque du Soleil.

 

Arena Way, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE4 7NA. Tel: +44 844 493 6660

 

Metro Radio Arena website

 

St. James' Park

 

Big names in rock and pop music perform at this huge stadium, which is also home to Newcastle United Football Club.

 

Strawberry Place, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE1 4ST . Tel: +44 870 444 1892

 

St. James' Park website

 

Music bars and clubs

 

Bigg Market is the rowdy epicentre of Newcastle Upon Tyne's bar-crawling scene. At weekends, the neighbourhood is crammed with young locals intent on having a good time. If you prefer less chaotic nightlife, you'll like clubs such as O2 Academy, or music bars where the playlist is geared to a more mature audience.

 

O2 Academy Newcastle

 

O2 Academy serves up live gigs by indie acts and tribute bands, and club nights with resident and visiting DJs.

 

Westgate Road, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE1 1SW. Tel: +44 191 260 2020

 

O2 Academy Newcastle website

 

Jazz Café

 

This lively café-bar hosts performances by local jazz musicians and visiting performers from all over the world.

 

25-27 Pink Lane, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE1 5DW. Tel: +44 191 222 9882

 

Jazz Café website

 

Musicals, cabaret, and comedy

 

Newcastle Upon Tyne's city centre theatres offer a packed calendar of musical shows and cabaret. Some productions come fresh from London's West End. The city also has a well-earned reputation as a hotbed of alternative and stand-up comedy. Newcastle has spawned some of Britain's funniest men and women. They frequently return to home-town venues like Newcastle City Hall and Tyne Theatre and Opera House.

 

Newcastle City Hall

 

You can expect to find stand-up comics, stage magicians, and stars from the golden age of 1960s pop music on stage at this venerable venue.

 

Northumberland Road, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE1 8AF. Tel: +44 191 277 8030

 

Newcastle City Hall website

 

Tyne Theatre and Opera House

 

Despite its grand name, this historic Victorian venue no longer hosts opera. Instead, its playbill features comedy, cabaret, and tribute acts.

 

117 Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 4AG. Tel: +44 844 2491 000

 

Tyne Theatre and Opera House website