AEG Presents To Manage Watford Colosseum
AEG Presents has been appointed to operate the much-loved Colosseum in Watford, England, when it reopens in 2024, and place the venue firmly back on the live music and entertainment map.
Extensive refurbishment plans are designed to revive what’s described as “a key part of Watford’s heritage and history. It also creates new jobs and volunteering opportunities, and supports local restaurants, bars and businesses,” according to the press release announcing the appointment.
The 10,210-square-foot art-deco space can accommodate 2,000 people standing or 1,392 people seated.
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AEG Presents was chosen in a “rigorous procurement process run by Watford Borough Council,” according to the release. The appointment follows on the heels of AEG Presents’ partnership with the City of Wolverhampton Council to revive the historic Halls Wolverhampton, which will re-open June 1.
Both the Watford Colosseum and The Halls Wolverhampton add to AEG’s global network of over 350 owned, operated and affiliated venues. In the UK, these include the Eventim Apollo London, indigo at the award-winning The O2, and the new live music venue at Olympia London set to open in 2024.
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AEG Presents CEO Steve Homer commented, “We are delighted to bring live music and entertainment back to the stage at this much-loved venue in the heart of Watford. As AEG Presents continues to expand its network of mid-sized venues around the world, we see great potential for this historic venue that has hosted a long list of big names over the years. From live music and dance to comedy, we’re excited to bring world-class artists back to Watford for the local community to enjoy.”
Watford’s mayor Peter Taylor added, “This is very exciting news for Watford. AEG has a worldwide reputation for great venues and fantastic live performances. This is a big vote of confidence in Watford and our multi-million investment in the iconic venue. I know how much local people have missed the Colosseum and so, like me, will be looking forward to next year. With our new partner on board and much-enhanced facilities, the Colosseum will be better than ever before, with plenty of big names and performances heading to Watford.
“Our commitment to the Colosseum’s long-term future has not only protected a vital part of Watford’s heritage and history, it also paves the way for new jobs, volunteering opportunities and a boost to local restaurants, bars and town centre businesses.”