The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall is at the end of Buchanan Street, the large pedestrian shopping street of Glasgow. It is part of a group of concert halls with the City Halls and Old Fruitmarket. Built in the late 80s, and opened in 1990. It was the year when Glasgow was European capital of culture. The building would replace St Andre's Hall, which had been destroyed by fire in the 60s. The city suffered the closure of many factories, had high unemployment. Opening a palace dedicated to the arts as well as being the European Capital of Culture, gave the city a boost to become more dynamic. Built around a shopping center and a new bus station. The largest room can host 250 people, there are other smaller rooms. The Scottish royal orchestra plays here. Also some guest artists, classical or pop, such as Celine Dion and Johnny Cash.
The Pavilion Theatre is one of the oldest theaters in Glasgow. It is in the north of the old town, at the end of Buchanan Street and right next to what is now the city's national theater. As there are many theaters and cinemas in the area, the neighborhood was given the nickname of Theatreland. The theater first opened in 1904 as a music hall. Not much has changed in its outward appearance but obviously the sound and the lights have been fully modernized inside. The theater was designed by Bertie Crew and was heavily criticized for being too expensive at the time. It even had an open-air section! Many stars of the 20's performed at the theater, including well-known performers such as Sarah Bernhardt and Charlie Chaplin. It is now a private theater, the only one in Scotland, which makes it a very popular venue for musicals. They are obviously all in English and tickets can be booked online. It is definitely worth a visit.
Called in Welsh "Canolfan Mileniwm Cymru", this huge complex just a short walk from Cardiff Bay has become known as the Armadillo because of its strange shape. It was opened in two stages, the last of which was on 22 January, 2009. Inside there are three main theaters where you can see opera, ballet, dance, comedy and musicals. The largest room has a capacity of 1900 people, while the two smaller ones hold 350 and 250 respectively. And of course there are bars, restaurants and shops, including a small Welsh souvenir shop to the side of one of the entrances on the ground floor.
Located on "King Dock," Echo Arena and BT Convention Center are the local equivalent of the Palais Omnisport de Paris-Bercy mixed with a convention center! Conveniently located in the center of Liverpool along the Mersey River, it's where most of the major concerts in the city are held. It's also a convenient and cheap place to park if you drive into town.