Bournemouth International Centre

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Bournemouth International Centre
BournemouthIC.jpg
Exterior of the Bournemouth International Centre, April 2008
Location Bournemouth, Dorset, England
Coordinates 50°43′00″N 1°52′41″W / 50.71667°N 1.87806°W / 50.71667; -1.87806Coordinates: 50°43′00″N 1°52′41″W / 50.71667°N 1.87806°W / 50.71667; -1.87806
Owner Bournemouth Borough Council
Operator BH Live
Built 1982–1984
Inaugurated 16 August 1984
Opened 6 September 1984 (1984-09-06)[1]
Renovated 2004
Construction cost
£19.5 million (£60.4 million in 2018 pounds[2])
Classroom-style seating
10–50
Banquet/ballroom 2,500 (Purbeck Hall)
1,300 (Solent Hall)
Theatre seating
4,045 (Windsor Hall)
1,100 (Tregonwell Hall)
Enclosed space
 • Total space 6,982 m2 (75,150 sq ft)
 • Exhibit hall floor 1,973 m2 (21,240 sq ft)
 • Breakout/meeting 1,000 m2 (11,000 sq ft)
 • Ballroom 2,748 m2 (29,580 sq ft)
Parking 650 spaces
Website
www.bic.co.uk

The Bournemouth International Centre in Bournemouth, Dorset, was opened in September 1984. It is one of the largest venues for conferences, exhibitions, entertainment and events in southern England. Additionally, it is well known for hosting national conferences of major British political parties and trade unions. At opening it comprised two halls, the Windsor Hall and the Tregonwell Hall.

Venues[edit]

Bournemouth International Centre on the seafront

The venue's Windsor Hall has a concert capacity of nearly 4,100 and is one of the bigger indoor music venues in the UK, often included on the arena tours of major artists. This hall has the largest tensile grid in Europe - a tensioned mesh comprising 30 miles of steel wire hung 40 metres above the stage which can suspend approximately 90 tonnes of weight.[3]

In 1990 the circular Purbeck Hall was added at a cost of £6 million.

The Solent Hall can house exhibitions or hold up to 2,000 people for standing music concerts. As part of a refurbishment costing £22 million this hall replaced the well-known swimming pool and wave machine in 2004.[3]

Managed by social enterprise BH Live in partnership with Bournemouth Borough Council, Bournemouth International Centre is operated alongside its sister venue, The Pavilion Theatre and Ballroom.

Notable events[edit]

Since 2006 the Bournemouth International Centre has hosted the Premier League Darts on several occasions.[4][5][6][7]

Dates Performing Act Event
6 October 1991 Morrissey Kill Uncle Tour
22 January 1996 Bjork Post Tour
14 December 1997 Louise Soft and Gentle Tour [8]
15 March 2001 Kylie Minogue On a Night Like This Tour
27 January 2003 Counting Crows Hard Candy World Tour
10 March 2007 Journey UK Tour
25–26 March 2007 Westlife The Love Tour
3 June 2008 Avril Lavigne The Best Damn World Tour
30 October 2009 The Nolans 30th Anniversary Reunion Tour
9 April 2011 The Wanted The Behind Bars Tour
3 January 2012 One Direction Up All Night Tour
2 March 2012 The Wanted The Code Tour
7 July 2012 Blink-182 Neighbourhoods tour
16 February 2013 Little Mix DNA Tour
18–20 May 2013 Eddie Izzard Force Majeure
13 December 2013 Imagine Dragons Night Visions Tour
23 April 2014 Gary Barlow Since I Saw You Last Tour
21–22 & 28–29 May 2014 McBusted McBusted Tour
4 June 2014 Little Mix The Salute Tour
18–24 August 2014 Lee Evans Monsters Tour
22 September 2014 The Saturdays Greatest Hits Live! Tour
12 October 2014 The Vamps Meet the Vamps Tour
9 March 2015 The Script No Sound Without Silence Tour
14 March 2015 Morrissey N/A
15 March 2015 Paloma Faith Paloma Faith Autumn Tour 2014
26 July 2015 British Gymnastics GymFusion Legends Tour 2015
19–23 September 2015 Liberal Democrat Party Autumn Conference
10 October 2015 Fall Out Boy American Beauty/American Psycho Tour
1 December 2015 Alt-J UK Tour
15 March 2016 Little Mix The Get Weird Tour
4 April 2016 Years & Years UK Tour 2016
21 June 2016 Barry Manilow One Last Time Tour
19 March 2017 Craig David Following My Intuition
28 March 2017 Olly Murs 24 Hrs Tour
10 June 2017 Anastacia Ultimate Collection Tour
25 November 2017 James Blunt The Afterlove World Tour
27 November 2017 Steps Party on the Dancefloor Tour
30 November 2017 James Arthur Back from the Edge Tour
11 March 2018 Paloma Faith The Architect Tour
26 March 2018 Niall Horan Flicker World Tour
1–2 June 2018 Gary Barlow Gary Barlow In Concert
22 September 2018 Kylie Minogue Golden Tour
27 January 2019 Snow Patrol Wildness Tour

References[edit]

  1. ^ Adido. "About The BIC · BH Live". www.bic.co.uk. Retrieved 2017-12-23. 
  2. ^ UK Retail Price Index inflation figures are based on data from Clark, Gregory (2017). "The Annual RPI and Average Earnings for Britain, 1209 to Present (New Series)". MeasuringWorth. Retrieved November 6, 2017. 
  3. ^ a b "Bournemouth venue marks 25 years". 2009-09-09. Retrieved 2017-12-24. 
  4. ^ "Darts: Historic achievement can help Taylor bounce back in Bournemouth". Bournemouth Echo. Retrieved 2017-12-24. 
  5. ^ "Darts: Tickets still available for BIC Premier League show". Bournemouth Echo. Retrieved 2017-12-24. 
  6. ^ "2015 BETWAY PREMIER LEAGUE DARTS". BH Live Tickets. Retrieved 24 September 2017. 
  7. ^ "Premier League darts: Anderson to savour BIC atmosphere". Bournemouth Echo. Retrieved 2017-12-24. 
  8. ^ "Louise Redknapp Setlists". setlists.fm. Retrieved 1 May 2018. 

External links[edit]

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