Bringing the beat back to Bradford

Latest Updates


Last Friday (28th February), Dan Boulger from the NEC Group spoke all about Bradford Live at The Business Desk Yorkshire’s Bradford Business Lunch. If you weren’t able to make it, don’t worry – we’ve got the lowdown for you right here!


From rock royalty to solo superstars, we’ve welcomed some of the world’s biggest and most iconic acts to Bradford – something which we’ll be aiming to do when we reopen in 2021! Here’s five artists you probably didn’t realise played at our venue over the years!


Earlier this week, we took a bunch of very lucky competition winners behind the scenes here at Bradford Live – and because we couldn’t take you all around the building, here’s a little round-up of what went down.


Before you enter our exclusive Hard Hat Competition Tour, please take a moment to read our T&C's.

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“With the Bradford Odeon everything will be new for the fans and for the artists with some nice dressing rooms. I am so happy that it has been saved, it makes me happy and I am happy for Bradford.” Read what the Status Quo legend has to say on the restoration of our iconic venue!


During the demolition of Bradford Live we’ve found lots of unexpected features – but perhaps the most unexpected of those features was a trio of kittens!

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We’ve spent nine months on the demolition project and now that the steel and concrete partitions that once divided the building have now been removed, we can finally reveal the full, stunning structure of the original auditorium.


The guys at Yeme Architects caught up with the NEC Arenas & The Ticket Factory Chairman, Phil Mead, to talk about why the Group chose Bradford’s iconic Odeon building for its next venture and everything that’s planned for the future. It’s a great watch!


Brand new for 2019, the Bradford Food & Drink Festival takes place this weekend in the heart of the city!


NEC Group Arenas and The Ticket Factory Chairman, Phil Mead, takes you on a journey into Bradford Live, giving you a flavour of what you can expect from our newest venue!


The Bradford Live redevelopment project has been given a boost thanks to a £959,500 grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.


We’ve teamed up with Birmingham’s NEC Group (the guys who run the likes of the National Exhibition Centre, Arena Birmingham and Resorts World Arena) to deliver a sneaky preview of the new Bradford Live venue to all the big hitters in the city.


As the venue development gets under way we have recently had the amazing opportunity to create a new brand for the Bradford Live venue.


Birmingham based NEC Group sparked excitement this week as councillors, business and community leaders were given a sneak preview of what’s to come in the new Bradford Live venue, during an event at the National Museum of Science and Media.

Bradford Live, from City Park - Bradford Live

Bradford Live has today announced that NEC Group International (NECGI), part of Birmingham’s NEC Group, has been chosen as the operating partner for the Bradford Odeon.

Theatres at Risk Register 2018 -

This morning, Dara Ó Briain is launching the Theatres at Risk Register 2018 on behalf of @TheatresTrust.


Bradford Live are delighted that the BMDC bid for the former Odeon has been selected by DCMS to receive a £4m share of the Government’s Northern Cultural Regeneration Fund.

Cultural Icons and Creative Leaders Back Odeon Funding Bid -

This week a collective of world-renowned artists and leading Bradford cultural figures have written an open letter to the Culture Secretary

Bradford Live exchange contracts with NEC Group -

We are delighted to announce that the rebirth of the former Bradford Odeon cinema into a 4,000-capacity live music, entertainment and events venue has reached a new milestone as we have now exchanged contracts with live events company NEC Group.

Leading social entrepreneur Lord Mawson joins the Bradford Live team -

Bradford Live, the ambitious regeneration project to transform the city’s landmark Odeon cinema into a world-class music, entertainment and events venue, has appointed Bradford-born peer and social entrepreneur Lord Andrew Mawson as its Patron.

Planning Application Submitted -

The transformation of Bradford’s iconic former Odeon Cinema into a world-class live entertainment and events venue is one step closer with the submission of a planning application to Bradford Metropolitan District Council.

Planning Permission Granted -

The decision to grant planning permission for the refurbishment of Bradford’s former Odeon cinema, to create a new 4000 capacity world class live entertainment and events venue, was unanimously approved