CGI of planned OVG Arena

UK’s biggest arena planned for Manchester

US-based Oak View Group, the developer behind proposals to bring a 23,500-capacity venue to Eastlands, is eyeing a 2023 opening for its £350m project. The venue, which is being designed by Populous, would become the largest indoor arena in the UK overtaking Manchester Arena and the proposed 21,500 MSG Sphere in London. Designed primarily for music concerts, the arena would feature an interior bowl that would offer close proximity between performers and attendees, while maintaining the structural flexibility to host a range of other events. Improvements to the main walking…

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Epson report: 'The Experiential Future'

Epson report shows consumers expect immersive experiences

Epson, the laser projection specialist, has released a new report entitled The Experiential Future which reveals that consumers are demanding more immersive experiences. Epson is pleased to announce the release of its new research report, The Experiential Future, which explores what guests feel about participating in events and attractions. It has found that demand for immersive technology is on the rise, as half of British people want to participate in experiences, not just watch. Technology allows brands to connect with audiences in new and exciting ways, and more people now want to be immersed in experiences,…

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CGI of Blackpool Central Station masterplan

Blackpool joint venture promises highly ‘entertaining’ offer

Blackpool Council has sold a 17-acre plot of land at Blackpool Central to a joint venture between Nikal and Media Invest Entertainment, enabling work to start on a large-scale leisure and entertainment masterplan for the area. Regeneration company Nikal and Media Invest Entertainment signed a deal in 2018 to deliver a £300m mixed-use scheme for the site, including a new visitor attraction featuring the UK’s first “flying theatre”, virtual reality entertainment zone, food hall and other elements. The parties have completed a deal tipped last September to acquire the site on a…

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