Decade of success at ACC and Echo Arena

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The Echo Arena. Photo: Ida Husøy JMU Journalism

A decade of bringing the best in pop, politics and entertainment to the city is being celebrated with the 10th anniversary of the opening of the Echo Arena and ACC Liverpool.

The business complex, located on Kings Dock, welcomed the Liberal Democrats’ spring conference as its first major event back in 2008, paving the way for a whole host of different activities.

Since opening, the site that’s home to the BT Convention Centre, Echo Arena and Exhibition Centre Liverpool, has seen 6.47 million visitors walk through their doors.

To date, the ACC firm has generated over £1billion pounds worth of economic benefit for Liverpool, following thousands of conferences and performances that have been held between the buildings.

Conference highlights have included some big names and organisations, most of which have returned multiple times, including the BBC Worldwide Showcase, the Labour Party conference and the Royal College of Nursing and NHS Confederation.

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The Echo Arena has also become Liverpool’s hub for music and sporting events over the years, with around 1,200 concerts and shows, attracting 5.4 million visitors.

Some of the music industry’s biggest stars, such as Bruno Mars, Katy Perry and Sir Paul McCartney have taken to the stage there, and more recently BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year Awards has returned for the second time.

To mark the ACC’s milestone occasion, the Echo Arena has produced a soundtrack and film. Local singer song-writers, Katy Alex and Cameron Warren, have produced an original song called ‘Home’. The soundtrack accompanies footage of crowds that have enjoyed performances at the arena over the years.

Assistant marketing director for ACC Liverpool, Michelle Kemp, said: “We really wanted to celebrate the arena and the people it belongs to, with the footage focusing on the audience having the time of their lives and the emotion and experience of an event night.

“Everyone involved in the project has exciting credits to their names and an emotional connection with the city’s arena and its creative music sector.  We are thrilled with the result which we hope our customers will enjoy, like and share.”

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