First acts for The Hydro

27 Nov 2012

The first stars to play at the Hydro when it opens next year have been announced.

English comedian Micky Flanagan plays the new venue on October 10 next year, followed by Peter Gabriel on the 24th. On December 7 - just under a year from now - it will be the turn of JLS.

The Hydro has been taking shape at the SECC complex in Glasgow and is due to open on September 2, next year.

And the signs are The Hydro, with a seating capacity of 12,000 and a futuristic design, could have the same impact on Glasgow and Scotland as the O2 Arena has had on London.

Top UK promoters are already queuing up to bring their acts to the venue.

With at least 140 events a year, the new arena expects to play host to one million people a year - or the rough equivalent of a fifth of the population of Scotland.

It will become one of the world's top five busiest indoor entertainment arenas, on a par with London's O2 and New York's legendary Madison Square Gardens.

The city's economy will also gain a huge impact. The most recent figures reveal that the SECC, which stages some 130 event nights a year, has an annual economic impact of £397million, while the O2 has injected an extra £400m into London. And The Hydro has the potential to inject an additional £131m per annum into the local economy.

Scottish Hydro will spend £1.5million per year over the next decade in The Hydro.

Source: Evening Times - Hydro set for debut acts