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The Black Country Chamber of Commerce has announced their latest Patron Group member is one of the world’s leading venue operators and concert promoters, AEG Presents. 


AEG Presents – part of the AEG global sports, entertainment and venue operator family – beat off premier competition recently to secure the long-term deal to run Wolverhampton’s iconic Civic Halls, they now join some of the Black Country’s biggest firms on the expanding list of Patrons at the longest-running business support organisation in the region. 

Colin Chapple, Chief Operating Officer for AEG Presents said, “We are delighted to join the Chamber’s Patron Group. 

“We approached the Chamber knowing that working closely with them over the coming months will help us access their extensive network and experience and help us work with the best business partners as we plan our major relaunch and opening of this iconic venue.” 

The Civic Halls, due to reopen in 2022, has undergone a major multi-million-pound refurbishment programme, it will see the global player with its first Midlands-based venue as they are supported by ASM Global, the world’s leading venue operator to deliver a first-class customer experience in the venue including sales, marketing, food & beverage and other services. 

AEG Presents CEO, Steve Homer, who grew up in Kingswinford and a lifelong Wolverhampton Wanderers supporter said, “Wolverhampton Civic Halls has a great history of being a first-class venue for live music when looking to expand our portfolio of venues it was the obvious choice.   

“On a personal note, having attended my first ever live concert at the Civic Hall, (The Clash), I am delighted to help shape the future of this great venue.” 

Once open, the famous venue will play a key part in the city’s economic recovery and will again host leading musical and entertainment acts business events and conferences. It will attract hundreds of thousands of visitors to the city and boost the local economy by millions of pounds at a vital time, whilst provide over a hundred full and part-time jobs. 

AEG Presents own and operates over 40 venues including the iconic Eventim Apollo London, Indigo at the award-winning The O2 arena in London, and the recently announced new live music venue at Olympia London. 

They will now bring forward exciting and ambitious plans for the Civic Halls with bigger and better acts and events. Plans will also benefit local businesses, see new jobs created and raise the city’s national and international profile.   
Calum Nisbet, Commercial Director at the Black Country Chamber said, “The Chamber is very excited and absolutely delighted to be working with the AEG Presents. 

“The Civic Halls is an integral part of Wolverhampton’s entertainment and music heritage and an important part of our visitor economy, it has the potential to become a recognised venue not just regionally and nationally, but also internationally.  

“Key to delivering our work here at the Chamber, has always been the role of our Chamber Patrons, they are our key strategic partners with a sense of civic pride and a passion to make a positive impact across the Black Country economy and we are delighted to welcome AEG to this select group.” 

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