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Wolverhampton Civic Hall
Opposite the Civic Centre, the Wolverhampton Civic Hall in the West Midlands, UK, is one of the most important live music venues in the county. Over the years many top names and established acts have performed either in the Civic Hall or the adjacent Wulfrun Hall. The events are now mostly popular music based. Among the most popular musicians and bands that the venue has attracted so far are Blur and Radiohead. Many mid-sized acts on UK tours have also performed here.

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The Civic Hall/Wulfun Hall complex is owned and operated by Wolverhampton City Council and is a Grade II listed building. Wolverhampton is only 20 minutes on the train from New Street, and the Civic Hall is a further five minutes' walk once you're there. Wolverhampton is a modern city - it was granted city status on 31 January 2001. As such, Wolverhampton is constantly building and rebuilding. The city centre has undergone radical change over the years, not once but twice. First there were extensive changes in the last quarter of the 19th century. This was followed by redevelopment of the city centre in the 1960's and 1970's. Wolverhampton today has a streamlined city centre with a number of modern buildings. However if one looks closely you can find buildings that have survived the test of time and stand as true monuments to Wolverhampton's past.
Designed by architects Lyons and Israel in 1934 the Wolverhampton Civic Hall opened in 1938 comprising a large concert hall and a smaller hall (the Wulfun Hall). The design was influenced by that of Stockholm Concert Hall in Sweden. The Civic Hall was typical of the buildings of that time. The hall was medium sized, with a balcony running right round the outside. Downstairs was all standing, and the balcony was all seated. The first concert was performed on the evening of May 16, 1938 by the Old Royals Association with Webster Booth, Ann Ziegler and several other soloists. In 2001, as part of a major restoration and expansion project, the halls were refitted and reorganized to increase the capacity to over 3,000. New backstage areas and public facilities were also added as well as a third smaller venue, the Little Civic, was created to hold smaller events. The original Compton Organ (made up of over 5500 pipes and containing an early electronic division known as a Melotone) was also re-built and enlarged and is now capable of being played as a Cathedral organ or Theatre organ. Two Borough Organists have served Wolverhampton based at the Civic Hall, Arnold Richardson (1938 - 1973) and Steve Tovey (1991 - present).
With a capacity of 3000 standing and 2215 seated, Wolverhampton Civic Hall is an award-winning venue. Recent improvements and extensions to provide better facilities and disabled access received a Civic Trust award in 2004. However, the interior retains many original period features. The venue has been in competition for many of the bigger names with Birmingham's Carling Academy, among others.
Parking is facilitated in Corporation Street, which is located down the left hand side of the building. Disabled parking can be found in the Civic Centre car park directly opposite the Civic Halls, or alternatively, in Blossoms fold off North Street or Cheap Side off North Street. Snacks are available at most events. The Civic Hall is also accessible on all public levels to wheelchair users. With a lift providing access to the balcony viewing areas and balcony bars. Disabled toilets are situated on the corridor to the right of the building at ground level, and on the right balcony near to the stage, just past the bar. There is also a hearing loop installed in the Civic Hall.
The Wolverhampton Civic Hall as well as the adjacent Wulfrun Hall and the Little Civic hall boast some of the richest venue histories in the UK. Morrissey played his first solo performance at the Civic Hall on 22 December 1988. Nearly 20,000 fans were reported to attempt to gain entry to the show many of which had queued for days. Slipknot's performance at the Civic Hall in 2001 was noted for turntablist Sid Wilson stage-diving from the 20ft high balcony onto the crowd, as per his trademark. Mott the Hoople, Ned's Atomic Dustbin, Morrissey and Space have all released live DVDs or videos of concerts filmed at the venue.
In addition to music these halls are the premier venue in Wolverhampton for comedy. Comedians, such as Ken Dodd, Peter Kay and Jim Davidson, have appeared here. The hall has also staged Sky Sports Darts tournaments. Throughout much of the 1980s professional wrestling was broadcast live from the venue on Saturday afternoons. The Civic Hall has also promoted dances since 1938, originally on Saturday evenings where many top dance bands and orchestras have performed to a full house. Today, Friday afternoons see one of the largest Ballroom and Sequence dances in the UK. If you want to see a band before they make the big time keep a close eye on the Little Civic listings, many of the names in the charts today performed on this stage. The Battle of the Bands competition is also another popular event along with regular comedy evenings. 'Cheeky Monkey' and 'Blast Off' club nights, which take place on Fridays and Saturdays, are also extremely popular. A new rock night called Corrosion has recently started, along with the U18's night called Generation. Regular Classical and Theatre organ concerts are also still held.
Other famous performances that are held here at present include BBC Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Glasgow Orpheus Choir, BBC Men?s Chorus, Dr. Malcolm Sargent, George Stratton, and Wolverhampton Youth Orchestra.