It's the perfect live music venue for artists to end their UK tours on a high, with a performance in a unique, intimate coastal concert hall, before hopping on the ferry to the mainland.
Wylam Brewery is a much welcome addition to the Newcastle music scene. Part venue, part working brewery (we’re sure that will be popular with touring bands, who’s ever met a band that doesn’t love beer?) the artist-friendly live music space is a must-visit if you’re in the Newcastle area. Here’s what you need to know…
Address: Palace of Arts, Exhibition Park, Claremont Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 4PZ
Telephone Number: 0191 650 0651
Brief History: The Palace of Arts is a Grade II listed building that was built in 1928 as one of 13 buildings to hold the North East Exhibition in 1929. The exhibition was a world fair aimed at attracting industry and art during the Great Depression. Over 5 million people visited. It is the only remaining building from the exhibition. In 2016 after 2 years of planning, Wylam Brewery was granted permission to renovate the building after it remained derelict for over a decade. It now houses a 30BBL Micro Brewery, Gig Venue, Tap Room and Restaurant.
How many people does it hold? The Grand Hall has a standing capacity of 800 and can seat 350 theatre style.
Who has played there? / Have there been any “I was there” moments?
Although only opened in late May 2016, Wylam Brewery has already seen notable performances from Michael Kiwanuka, Mystery Jets, Evan Dando, Ron Sexsmith, Wilko Johnson, Nick Mulvey and more as well as DJ sets from Mr Scruff, Giles Peterson, Norman Jay, Huey Morgan, DJ Yoda and the like. As well as hosting Live Shows and DJ Gigs, Wylam plays host to cracking Beer and Gin Festivals and numerous Food Events.
How do I get there?
Finding Wylam Brewery is quite literally a walk in the park. Access details can be found here http://www.wylambrewery.co.uk/access/
Where should I eat?
Wylam’s Tap Room serves sumptuous small plates of local produce and at Gig nights they have Street Food Traders in attendance… so look no further.
Where can I stay?
Newcastle has a whole host of hotels however we recommend Motel One as it is central and great value for many.
Where can you carry on the party?
Well if you still have it left in you after visiting the brewery you can check out the likes of World Headquarters or Hoochie Coochie who are both excellent late night independents with a music first policy and a great crowd.
The brewery runs tours every Saturday from 11am. Sample four of their beers for £11 including fees. A bigger bargain than Alan Shearer.
Grab tickets for shows at Wylam Brewery from www.ticketweb.co.uk/wylambrewery