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Dan Harris, GM of Baths Hall and the Plowright Theatre, will oversee the running of the new 3,500-cap. Hull Venue in north-east England
By IQ on 27 Oct 2017
SMG Europe has appointed Dan Harris, general manager of its Baths Hall (1,800-cap.) and Plowright Theatre (354-cap.) venues in Scunthorpe, as GM of the new Hull Venue, a 3,500-capacity music and events complex set to open in summer 2018.
Hull Venue, in the city of the same name, will bolster SMG’s presence in northern England, offering a mix of live entertainment and corporate conferences, exhibitions, dinners and trade events. The new venue will have the flexibility to reduce to a 2,500 all-seated capacity with 1,400m2 exhibition space, and also includes 800-capacity conference auditorium with additional meeting rooms.
John Sharkey, executive vice-president of SMG Europe, says: “Dan has been instrumental in the success of our two Scunthorpe venues and I’m delighted to announce we’re now expanding his role to cover our new project in Hull. This new organisational structure, led by Dan, allows us to better programme content across all three venues as we continue to synergise our offering in the north.”
“Following this year’s City of Culture 2017 in Hull, entertainment in the region is now firmly on the agenda”
“Following this year’s hugely successful City of Culture 2017 in Hull, entertainment in the region is now firmly on the agenda,” adds Harris, “and I’m looking forward to leading the team across all three venues as we keep the momentum alive.
“In addition to bringing the best in live entertainment and sporting events to all three venues, we’re also working closely with national conference and exhibition organisers to ensure both our new and existing venues offer a wide and varied programme.”
Joining Harris at the £40m Hull Venue will be Paul Savage, recently appointed head of entertainment sales and marketing for all three venues, with more senior management appointments to be made in the coming months.
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