Watford Colosseum

AEG Presents to manage iconic Watford Colosseum  

AEG Presents has been appointed to operate the much-loved Watford Colosseum when it reopens in 2024, placing the venue firmly back on the live music and entertainment map

AEG Presents, the live events division of AEG Europe’s global sports, entertainment and venue family, has announced that it has been appointed to manage the Watford Colosseum when it reopens in 2024, following an extensive multi-million programme of improvements and refurbishment.

The appointment, which was the outcome of a rigorous procurement process run by Watford Borough Council, follows on the heels of AEG Presents’ partnership with the City of Wolverhampton Council to revive the historic The Halls Wolverhampton, which will re-open its doors on June 1st following a comprehensive regeneration programme.

Watford Colosseum and The Halls Wolverhampton join AEG’s global network of over 350 owned, operated and affiliated venues.  In the UK, these include the Eventim Apollo London, indigo at the award-winning The O2 arena in London and the new live music venue at Olympia London set to open in 2024.

AEG Presents CEO, Steve Homer, says: “We are delighted to bring live music and entertainment back to the stage at this much-loved venue in the heart of Watford. As AEG Presents continues to expand its network of mid-sized venues around the world, we see great potential for this historic venue that has hosted a long list of big names over the years. From live music and dance to comedy, we’re excited to bring world-class artists back to Watford for the local community to enjoy.”

The appointment of AEG Presents to operate the Watford Colosseum, together with Watford Borough Council’s extensive refurbishment plans, revives a key part Watford’s heritage and history. It also creates new jobs and volunteering opportunities, and supports local restaurants, bars and businesses.

Elected Mayor of Watford Peter Taylor said: “This is very exciting news for Watford.  AEG has a worldwide reputation for great venues and fantastic live performances. This is a big vote of confidence in Watford and our multi-million investment in the iconic venue.  I know how much local people have missed the Colosseum and so, like me, will be looking forward to next year. With our new partner on board and much-enhanced facilities, the Colosseum will be better than ever before, with plenty of big names and performances heading to Watford.”

With many original art deco features, the 10,210 square foot space can accommodate 2,000 people standing or 1,392 people seated.