Walsall is putting itself on the entertainments map this Spring by showcasing its newly improved Arts Arena. An extra 220 seats have been added to the A3 Arena at the council run Forest Arts Centre, taking the Arena’s capacity from 500 to 720. This makes it an attractive regional venue for a whole host of headline acts.
One such box office draw is Fairport Convention. The legendary UK band is due to perform at the venue on May 12 and the event is expected to sell out. Thinking big names and big spaces is clearly the way forward for the popular Walsall venue and since it was unveiled nearly two years ago. The A3 Arena has been transformed into an exciting state of the art venue attracting over 30,000 visitors and hundreds of new bookings. It boasts cutting edge lighting, digital sound equipment and a live video projection systems across three screens. This makes it one of the most technically advanced venues in the West Midlands and it more than rivals other like-sized venues across the UK.
Neil Johnson, manager of the A3 Arena said; “We are absolutely delighted to be opening our doors to increased capacity inside the Arena. The A3 has gone from strength to strength in a very short period of time and not only has a loyal following in the borough but has made quite a splash in the region and wider.
“We know that big acts like Jenny Eclair, Lee Nelson have loved performing here and that this tradition is set to continue on a larger scale with Fairport Convention. It’s great news for Walsall and the Black Country and means that venue-wise we are up there with the best of them.”