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M&S Bank Arena
M&S Bank Arena logo.png
Echo Arena Liverpool at night.jpg
The arena at night with previous branding (2008)
Former namesEcho Arena Liverpool (2008–2019)
LocationArena and Convention Centre, King's Dock, Liverpool, England
Coordinates53°23′48″N 2°59′27.45″W / 53.39667°N 2.9909583°W / 53.39667; -2.9909583Coordinates: 53°23′48″N 2°59′27.45″W / 53.39667°N 2.9909583°W / 53.39667; -2.9909583
OwnerLiverpool City Council
Capacity11,000 (arena)
7,000 (Space)
1,350 (The Auditorium)
OpenedJanuary 2008
Construction cost£164 million[1]
ArchitectWilkinson Eyre
Project managerDavis Langdon, An AECOM Company
Structural engineerBuro Happold
Mersey Tigers (BBL) (2008–2010)
British Gymnastics (2011–present)

The M&S Bank Arena (previously Echo Arena Liverpool) is a multi-purpose indoor arena in the city centre of Liverpool, England. The venue hosts live music, comedy performances and sporting events, and forms half of ACC Liverpool complex located on the former King's Dock. The BT Convention Centre forms the other half of the complex.[2]

Architecture and design[edit]

The Echo Arena soon after completion (2008)

The ACC Liverpool complex as a whole was designed by Wilkinson Eyre architects[3] and Sport Concepts. There are six dressing rooms, five team locker rooms and two promoter offices within the arena.[3] Vehicles weighing up to 38 tonnes can gain access to the basement of the arena.[3] The complex has a BREEAM rating of "very good".[3]

M&S Bank Arena has a capacity of 11,000 and 22 hospitality boxes, making the venue the 11th largest in the United Kingdom in terms of capacity. The venue's 1,600-capacity car park has been closed since a major fire in 2017, but has been replaced temporarily by a 550-capacity car park.[4] A nine-storey, 1,650-capacity car park facility is due to be constructed.


The venue opened its doors on 12 January 2008 as the Echo Arena Liverpool, with the official opening ceremony for the Capital of Culture. The ceremony launched a year-long celebration and signified the culmination of a decade of regeneration in the city. The show, named 'Liverpool the Musical', featured 700 performers and took 15,000 hours to organise.[5] Since opening, the arena has attracted 6.6 million visitors to over 3,500 events, as well as generating £1.5 billion in economic benefit for the Liverpool City Region.[6]

In November 2018, it was announced that the Echo Arena Liverpool would be renamed to its current title, as part of a sponsorship deal with M&S Bank. The name took effect from early 2019, with the Liverpool Echo continuing as a business partner of the arena.[7][8]

Notable events[edit]

8 November The Prodigy UK Arena Tour [10]
List of notable events at the M&S Bank Arena[9]
Date Performer(s) Event
12 January 2008 Various Liverpool the Musical
5 March 2008 Rihanna Good Girl Gone Bad Tour
26 July 2008 The Australian Pink Floyd Show
25 August — 3 September 2008 World Firefighters Games 2008
7 October 2008 Oasis Dig Out Your Soul Tour
8 October 2008
6 November 2008 2008 MTV Europe Music Awards
14 December 2008 BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award
5 May 2009 Bob Dylan Never Ending Tour
19 May 2009 Girls Aloud Out of Control Tour
2 June 2009
3 June 2009
6 June 2009 Beyoncé I Am... World Tour
14 July 2009 Leonard Cohen Leonard Cohen Tour
5 November 2009 Muse The Resistance Tour
7 November 2009 Morrissey Swords Tour
13 November 2009 Arctic Monkeys Humbug Tour
4 May 2010 Kiss Sonic Boom Over Europe Tour
30 May 2010 Leona Lewis The Labyrinth Tour
21 July 2010 Rod Stewart Soulbook Tour
20 October 2010 MOBO Awards 2010
8 December 2010 Paul Weller Wake Up the Nation Tour
11 March 2011 Justin Bieber My World Tour
12 May 2011 The Monkees 45th Anniversary Tour
31 August 2011 Dolly Parton Better Day World Tour
20 December 2011 Paul McCartney On the Run Tour
31 January 2012 Snow Patrol Fallen Empires Tour
4 April 2012 Steps The Ultimate Tour
22 April 2012 Drake Club Paradise Tour
20 May 2012 Guns N' Roses Up Close and Personal Tour
10 October 2012 George Michael Symphonica Tour
11 October 2012 Cheryl Cole A Million Lights Tour
3 November 2012 MOBO Awards 2012
24 February 2013 Justin Bieber Believe Tour
8 March 2013 Ne-Yo R.E.D. World Tour
20 March 2013 Girls Aloud Ten: The Hits Tour
30 June 2013 The Who Quadrophenia And More Tour
24 November 2013 Bruno Mars Moonshine Jungle Tour
24 March 2014 Rebecca Ferguson Freedom Tour
12 April 2014 Elbow The Take Off and Landing of Everything Tour
8 June 2014 Dolly Parton Blue Smoke World Tour
26 June 2014 Eagles History of the Eagles – Live in Concert
24 September 2014 Kylie Minogue Kiss Me Once Tour
31 January 2015 Kaiser Chiefs Education, Education, Education & War Tour
26 February 2015 Queen + Adam Lambert
13 March 2015 Lionel Richie All the Hits, All Night Long
6 April 2015 Nicki Minaj The Pinkprint Tour
28 May 2015 Paul McCartney Out There! Tour
7 December 2015 Mumford & Sons Wilder Mind Tour
5 April 2016 Electric Light Orchestra
17 June 2016 Barry Manilow One Last Time! Tour
23 December 2016 Status Quo The Last Night of the Electrics Tour
22 May 2017 Take That Wonderland Live
26 May 2017
15 July 2017 Blink-182 California Tour
17 September 2017 John Legend Darkness and Light Tour
9 November 2017 The Killers Wonderful Wonderful World Tour
20 March 2018 Paloma Faith The Architect Tour
2 May 2018 The Vamps Night & Day Tour
7 May 2018 Nickelback Feed the Machine Tour
21 June 2018 Katy Perry Witness: The Tour
3 October 2018 Kylie Minogue Golden Tour
8 December 2018 Deacon Blue To Be Here Someday - 30th Anniversary Tour
12 December 2018 Paul McCartney Freshen Up Tour
14 December 2018 André Rieu André Rieu Tour 2018
27 January 2019 Boyzone Thank You & Goodnight Tour
22 March 2019 Sheridan Smith A Northern Soul Tour

Space by M&S Bank Arena[edit]

In September 2015, the opening of sister venue Exhibition Centre Liverpool resulted in the ACC complex being able to offer a broader offer for standing concerts and international sporting events. This venue features 'Space by M&S Bank Arena', a new 7,000-capacity arena that is sub-divisible into three interlinked halls.[11]


2017 car park fire[edit]

On the evening of 31 December 2017, a fire broke out in an adjacent multi-storey car park and as a consequence, the Liverpool International Horse Show, taking place at the arena, had to be cancelled.[12] Around 80 horses were safely evacuated from temporary stabling built on the ground floor level of the car park, and held on the arena floor and the land surrounding the building. The fire continued into the small hours of 1 January 2018.[13][14] Virtually all of the 1,400 cars there were destroyed, but no serious harm to people or horses was reported.[12]

Death of Eric Bristow[edit]

On 5 April 2018, after attending a Premier League Darts event, darts legend Eric Bristow collapsed in front of the venue due to a heart attack and later died.[15]

Transportation links[edit]

Direct public transport to the M&S Bank Arena is by bus. James Street railway station is a short walk away and is served by the Merseyrail Wirral Line. The station is two stops away from Liverpool Lime Street mainline station via the city's underground Loop Line.

The arena is situated opposite the portal of the now disused Wapping Tunnel which runs from Edge Hill in the east of the city. There have been calls to reuse the 1.26 miles (2.03 km) tunnel with a station serving the arena and immediate docks on the site of the demolished Park Lane station which was at the end of the tunnel.

In August 2009, the Liverpool Daily Post reported that a new tram-train link from Edge Hill in the east of the city to the arena at Kings Dock is being considered.[16]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Liverpool, Echo Arena. "The Venue".
  2. ^ It's the Echo Arena Liverpool Echo, retrieved on 5 June 2007
  3. ^ a b c d "Liverpool Echo Arena". Emporis. Retrieved 14 June 2010.
  4. ^ Thorp, Liam (21 November 2018). "The ECHO Arena car park is FINALLY being pulled down - all the key details". liverpoolecho. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  5. ^ "Echo Arena Liverpool Opening Extravaganza". ACC Liverpool. 14 January 2008. Retrieved 6 January 2019.
  6. ^ "Facts and Figures". Echo Arena. Retrieved 6 January 2019.
  7. ^ Breslin, Maria (27 November 2018). "Liverpool's waterfront arena to get a new naming partner". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 27 November 2018.
  8. ^ "Echo Arena will become the M&S Bank Arena in 2019". The Guide Liverpool. 27 November 2018. Retrieved 27 November 2018.
  9. ^ McLoughlin, Jamie (6 January 2018). "Ten years of Liverpool ECHO Arena - a year-by-year history". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 27 January 2019.
  10. ^
  11. ^ "Space by M&S Bank Arena Liverpool". Exhibition Centre Liverpool. Retrieved 6 January 2019.
  12. ^ a b "'Ferocious' fire engulfed arena car park". BBC News. 2018. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  13. ^ "Liverpool Echo Arena car park fire destroys 1,400 vehicles". BBC News. 1 January 2018.
  14. ^ "Car park fire at Liverpool's Echo Arena has destroyed all vehicles". Sky News. 1 January 2018.
  15. ^ Richards, Alex (2018-04-06). "Darts legend and five-time world champion Eric Bristow dies aged 60". mirror. Retrieved 2018-04-06.
  16. ^ "Tram link bid for Liverpool airport". Liverpool Daily Post. 3 August 2009. Retrieved 20 August 2009.

External links[edit]

Media related to Echo Arena Liverpool at Wikimedia Commons