Music

Swansea Arena reveal first shows to go on sale

Swansea Arena has today announced that Alice Cooper and The Cult, Diversity, Katherine Ryan and Rob Brydon will be the first shows to go on sale for the hotly anticipated new venue.

All are on general sale from 10am, Friday 17th September via swansea-arena.co.uk

This reveal is the first announcement of many for the brand-new, state-of-the-art, 3,500 capacity indoor Arena, as it maps out an incredibly exciting future with unwavering focus on bringing world class shows to Swansea. 

The venue’s high profile opening headline music act is yet to be revealed, with the announcement expected in the coming weeks.

Music

On Monday 23rd May 2022, Rock n Roll Hall of Famer Alice Cooper and rock icons The Cult will open their co-headline tour at Swansea Arena as the acclaimed stars from both sides of the Atlantic come together to create rock history.

Renowned for their unforgettable live shows, we can anticipate a dark, twisted trip through goth, psychedelia, macabre theatre and straight up rock anthems when these two giants take the stage.

Alice Cooper

Comedy

Katherine Ryan

Bringing the laughs to the Arena’s stage are top class comedians Rob Brydon and Katherine Ryan.

Coming to Swansea Arena on Saturday 30th April is Rob Brydon – A Night of Songs & Laughter tells Rob’s personal musical journey from South Wales to the West End and beyond. 

With songs from Tom Waits to Tom Jones, and Guys and Dolls to Elvis (and almost everything in between), audiences can expect Rob’s usual warmth and humour as he regales them with hilarious tales from his distant and recent past.

On Friday 13th May, star of Netflix smash hit series The Duchess (along with two global Netflix comedy specials: In Trouble and Glitter Room), comedian and TV’s Katherine Ryan makes a hugely welcome return to the stage with her brand-new live show Katherine Ryan: Missus. Having previously denounced partnership, Katherine has since married her first love… accidentally.

A lot has changed for everyone, and we can look forward to hearing Katherine Ryan’s always-hilarious new perspectives on life, love, and what it means to be Missus.

Entertainment

The first entertainment act to be announced at Swansea Arena is world renowned dance group Diversity, who have added an extra date to their ‘Connected’ 2022 tour due to phenomenal demand. They will come to Swansea on Tuesday 7th June 2022, on a tour that now takes in a staggering 79 shows, their biggest ever tour to date. 

Created by Diversity’s lead member Ashley Banjo, ‘Connected’ centres around the world of social media, the internet, and the digital era we now live in, but more importantly how this connects us all. 

General Manager, Lisa Mart says: “We’re absolutely over the moon to reveal some of the amazing artists that we are bringing to Swansea Arena next year. These are some of the most high profile music, comedy and entertainment acts out there, and for most, aside of course from the wonderful South Wales born Rob Brydon, this will be their first show in Swansea.

“This is the beginning of something truly special; we will be sharing news of further shows over the coming weeks and months, including our yet to be revealed opening act. Watch this space for further announcements!”

Artists impression of the inside of the new Swansea Arena

Cllr Rob Stewart, Swansea Council Leader, said: “We’re delighted that the arena tenants and operators ATG have already secured acts of this quality for Swansea Arena. Many of the acts have never performed in Swansea before, so this shows the impact our new arena development is having.

“This will help build excitement towards the announcement of many more acts in coming weeks and months, including the main opening act for Swansea Arena.

“At the heart of the city’s emerging new £135m Copr Bay district, the new arena will be a world class destination for local people and visitors to the city. It’s one feature of a multi-million pound regeneration story unfolding across Swansea that will create well-paid jobs for local people and attract significant further investment as Swansea is transformed into one of the UK’s best cities to live, work, study and visit.”

The flexible space will allow a number of different configurations, including traditional auditorium seating

Swansea Arena is expected to host up to 200 performances across music, comedy, esports, sport and conference events for an estimated 230,000 visitors each year.

The development of the Arena will be a significant landmark within Swansea’s city centre and its £135 million transformational Copr Bay Phase One project, which is being delivered by the Council working alongside development manager RivingtonHark. Once complete, it will comprise the brand-new 3,500 capacity indoor arena and conference centre – next to Swansea Marina – as well as new independent restaurants, city centre apartments, a 1.1-acre coastal park, two new multi-storey car parks, and a new ‘gateway’ landmark pedestrian and cyclist bridge over Oystermouth Road, to provide a seamless passageway connecting the revived city-centre to Swansea’s Marina and its famed coastline.

Swansea City Centre is one of the largest urban transformations currently being delivered in Europe; over £1billion is being invested across the city, allowing Swansea to realise its potential to be one of the most vibrant places to live, work, visit and study in the UK.

The arena also forms part of the Swansea City and Waterfront Digital District project which is being part-funded by the £1.3 billion Swansea Bay City Deal.

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