In June 2019 we were delighted to open an eye catching bandstand to harness creative activity and give local artists and community Bandstand launch partygroups a platform to showcase their work. It is intended to be an exciting, safe, completely free space, whether it be used for outdoor, theatre performances, music events, story readings, or simply resting up in the sun.

The bandstand is made up of three stages, each making use of a different view out from the circular platform. The shelter made from steel arches leans out into the space, drawing inspiration from the millennium bridge just a short walk away on the quayside. The largest of the three arches overlooks tiered seating, allowing for larger audiences to sit and enjoy performances. 

C O N S T R U C T was at first a 48 hour design competition. Architecture students in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne were invited to propose an installation that will celebrate the future entry point of The Culvert, a historical landmark in the Ouseburn Valley. A fantastic team made up of local architecture practices, design studios and members or the Ouseburn Trust and a handful of passionate architecture students worked hard to adapt the award winning design into a deliverable project.

Special thanks to everyone who contributed to the crowdfunding and to local businesses who helped to make it happen.

The Ouseburn Bandstand is now available to use.

We welcome ideas and suggestions to use the Bandstand for events that are free to attend and keep a list of planned events to avoid activities clashing. Get in touch to let us know your idea and to reserve a date

However the land is owned by Newcastle City Council and you will need to

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  • then submit an event application form at least 3 months prior to the event taking place,  There is essential guidance and the events form here here. The events team will then be able to give useful advice about what you need to do to get an events license

We have insurance in place for the structure but you will be required to insure your event.