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North-east arena welcomes back live events


By David Porter

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For the first time in eighteen months, live events will return to P&J Live this week, with the entertainment, exhibitions, meetings, conferencing and banqueting venue having been granted an exemption to the maximum indoor event capacity of 2000 by Aberdeen City Council.

Today, Wednesday September 15 sees the venue welcome Floating Offshore Wind, running over two days, organised by RenewableUK and Scottish Renewables, the long-awaited first in-person / hybrid event to take place at the state-of-the-art venue.

In quick succession, the team at P&J Live will prepare for one of its largest ever conferences, The British Orthopaedic Association (BOA) Annual Conference from September 21-24, which has sole occupancy of the entire venue and is expected to attract approx. 1900 delegates from across the UK.

BOA received exemption by the Scottish Government as a Gateway Status event.

These conferences are a sign of things to come, with the venue having secured a portfolio of new conference and association business event wins for 2022 & 2023.

Highlights from the range of confirmed events include the Association of Surgeons in Training Annual Congress 2022, British Society of Prosthodontics Annual Conference 2022, the Association for the Study of Medical Education Annual Scholarship Meeting 2022, the Alzheimer’s Research UK Annual Research Conference 2023, the Energy Geoscience Conference 2023 and the British Gynaecological Cancer Society Annual Meeting 2023, attracting a combined total of 7750 delegates to the region.

Tim Minchin comes to Aberdeen
Tim Minchin comes to Aberdeen

Australian comedian, Tim Minchin, will be the much-anticipated first entertainment act to grace the stage on October 16 giving fans from across Scotland a well over due giggle.

In line with Scottish Government guidance, the venue will continue to deliver its industry-leading set of Covid-safe protocols, known as VenueShield, to instil confidence and make visiting safer for everyone as live music and entertainment events take to the stage.

This is a six-point strategy that includes enhanced cleaning throughout the venue prior to and post event, with a concentration on high touch-point areas.

Ticketholders may be advised to take a rapid lateral flow test before attending and will be asked to wear face coverings when inside the venue, unless eating, drinking or dancing (unless exempt).

Nick Waight, managing director at P&J Live says: “We could not be more excited to return to live entertainment and in-person business events at P&J Live and once again see the state-of-the-art venue be utilised for its intended purpose.

Other acts lined up for the remainder of 2021 include Battle of the Brits – England Vs. Scotland live tennis with Andy and Jamie Murray, STEPS, Deacon Blue, Gary Barlow, Madness, Elton John, Ball & Boe, Chris & Rosie Ramsey, The Drifters and Bill Bailey.

P&J Live will also welcome LOL Surprise!, John Bishop, Comic Con, Simple Minds, Andre Rieu, Magic Mike, Bryan Adams, Alan Partridge, The Script, RuPaul’s Drag Race, Strictly Come Dancing – The Professionals, Jason Manford and many more, already confirmed for 2022.

For more information on the full list of events visit www.pandjlive.com.


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