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Kaiser Chiefs, Declan McKenna & Bongo's Bingo to close Virgin Money Unity Arena

Photo By Adam Kennedy

Indie legends Kaiser Chiefs, singer-songwriter Declan McKenna and Bongo's Bingo have been confirmed as the closing acts to perform at the pioneering Virgin Money Unity Arena.

Taking place across next weekend, the final instalment of shows will be a fitting and rousing end to what has been one of the few success stories for the music industry as the world still comes to terms with the impact of Covid-19.

The UK’s only active music venue will welcome Leeds indie gods Kaiser Chiefs to its stage on Saturday 19th September, preceded by a final showing of the ever-popular Bongo's Bingo (set to take place that afternoon), followed by the chart-topping and much loved Declan McKenna who brings the celebrations to a close on Sunday 20th September.

Speaking ahead of today's announcement, Festival organiser Steve Davis, said:

“We are delighted with how the event has worked out and we're extremely grateful to Newcastle City Council and to all local residents. Their positive can-do attitude has helped employ over 150 people in the local music industry for the last six weeks.

We plan to make these final shows a big celebration for the city and its music fans. We are delighted with the line-up that will bring the event to a fitting finale.”

Kaiser Chiefs need little introduction. Led by their charismatic frontman Ricky Wilson, they have gone on to be one of the UK's most prolific guitar bands since forming in Leeds at the turn of the century. The band are custom-made for the festival experience and are set to belt out their anthemic indie hits which include Oh My God’, ‘I Predict A Riot’, ‘Everyday I Love You Less And Less’, ‘Ruby’ and ‘Never Miss A Beat’.

British indie singer/songwriter Declan McKenna first emerged in 2015 with the shimmering, politically charged single "Brazil”. All six of his previously released singles eventually wound up on his bright, eclectic debut album, What Do You Think About the Car?, produced by Simian Mobile Disco's James Ford and released in summer 2017. This was then followed up by his latest album, Zeros, which arrived on 4th September 2020, and recently went head to head with the Rolling Stones for the number one album chart position. Self-described as "a major step on from my first record," McKenna cited influences from David Bowie to Crosby, Stills & Nash in the album's artistic direction.

Louise Hodges, Head of Consumer Communications at Virgin Money, added:

“We are delighted with the success of the Virgin Money Unity Arena and are thrilled to be ending the run with a household name like the Kaiser Chiefs and such an exciting new talent in Declan McKenna. Lastly we are pleased to confirm that all three of our Emerging Stars will be performing on the final weekend”.

All three artists from the first intake of the Virgin Money Emerging Stars programme will be on stage at Gosforth Park; Soul singer Aaron Taylor, Indie band Mosa Wild and pop singer songwriter DYLAN will all get to showcase their talents to the Newcastle crowd.”

Bongo’s Bingo is the definitive bingo experience and will once again land on Virgin Money Unity Arena. It’s a crazy mix of traditional bingo, dance-offs, rave intervals, audience participation and countless magical moments, which has taken place in almost 50 locations around the world.

It is globally renowned as being a wild shared social extravaganza and a night of pure nostalgic escapism, with the chance to win iconic prizes from giant pink unicorns and Henry Hoovers to mobility scooters and karaoke machines at each and every show.

Tickets for Bongo's Bingo taking place on Saturday afternoon, September 19th, are on sale now priced at £60 per viewing platform (which holds a maximum of five people).

Tickets for Kaiser Chiefs taking place on the evening of Saturday 19th September will go on sale 16th September at 10 am, priced at £37.50, plus the normal booking fees.

Tickets for Declan McKenna's Sunday 20th September show go on sale 16th September at 8am priced at £27.50, plus the normal booking fees.

Other upcoming acts set to perform at the Virgin Money Unity Arena includes The Hunna (14th September), Joel Corry (16th September), Chase & Status (17th September) and Jack Savoretti (18th September).

For more information about the Virgin Money Unity Arena and to buy tickets visit:

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