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Venue Guide: Boiler Shop, Newcastle

Everything you need to know about the Newcastle venue...

Boiler Shop is a new, multidisciplinary arts and music Centre in Newcastle. They’re booking events that will represent contemporary culture from all over the world, as well as working alongside major UK promoters and staging their own fun in-house offerings.

Address: 20 South St, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 3PE, UK


Brief History:

Steeped in history, Boiler Shop played a pivotal role in the region’s industrial revolution heritage as the birthplace of Stephenson’s Rocket locomotive. In 1823 George Stephenson opened the world’s first purpose built locomotive factory at South Street on Forth Banks, Newcastle upon Tyne.

Locomotives built at these works were exported to developing railways all over the world and were often the first locomotives to be seen and used in those countries. Stationary engines for collieries, marine engines, bridges and even a steam driven chain ferry were all constructed here.

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Who has played there?

Boiler Shop, the original site of George Stephenson’s Locomotive factory was described by none other than Melvyn Bragg as the crucible of the industrial revolution. So it was appropriate that it opened in 2017 with a live show from the German titans of Industrial music Einstürzende Neubauten. Since then it has firmly established itself as the type of venue that reflects whatever is happening in contemporary music from across the world. There’s been a rich programme of live and club events featuring acts such as Jon Hopkins, Sleaford Mods, Fat Freddy’s Drop, Fat White Family, Jungle, Primal Scream, Kate Tempest, Aurora, Roisin Murphy, Parquet Courts, Shellac, The Fall, and many more.

Boiler Shop is also the proud host of the global phenomenon that is the remarkable Bongo’s Bingo.

Have there been any “I was there” moments?

During the prolonged silence part of the Einstürzende Neubauten song, Silence Is Sexy when one lone voice shouted, “Blixa’s a Geordie”

How do I get there?

We suggest walking, cycling or using public transport to get to Boiler Shop. The venue is located to the rear of Newcastle Central Station and is an easy walk from the city centre.

Where should I eat?

If you want to go all out hit up THE FRENCH QUARTER for tapas-style sharing plates and larger platters based on recipes from the French owner’s grandmother.

5 mins away from the venue is a host of chain restaurants such as Nando’s (who doesn’t love a cheeky Nando’s), Wagamama, Byron and Five Guys.

It’s a short walk but Shark Club is worth it for the best wings in The Toon: they’re mad cheap after 3pm on Wednesdays and Fridays too.

Where can I stay?

Crowne Plaza Newcastle is located across the road from Boiler Shop:

If they’re fully booked try Airbnb.

TicketWeb Tip 

Come down to the gig nice and early to sample the selection of fine beverages…

Where can you carry on the party?

Digital, this is the biggest student club in Newcastle it has a few different floors, a massive capacity and a crazy sound system. Think Tank at Digital is worth a look too.

Head up towards where Neville Street meets the A186 from Boiler Shop and you will have a near endless selection of late night clubs and boozers. Some of which are Geordie Shore hot spots if you’re into that sort of thing.

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