Name announced for Aberdeen’s new £333million pound event venue

The name for Aberdeen’s new £333 million conference, exhibition and entertainment venue has been revealed.

The Event Complex Aberdeen has been selected – with the TECA name to be rolled-out worldwide as the new facility is marketed to a global audience.

The project is being delivered by Aberdeen City Council in partnership with Henry Boot Developments and includes a new 12,500 capacity arena, 48.000 Sqm of Exhibition space and Conferencing for up to 5,000, as well as two on site hotels with 350 bedrooms and a further 150 rooms coming shortly after opening. The venue is also extremely environmentally friendly boasting its own energy centre, which will use local renewable resources and advanced technologies to produce an energy eco-system.

TECA will offer a far more flexible and technologically advanced space than the current Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre site, enabling it to compete nationally and internationally for new events as well as broadening the appeal of the north-east to business and leisure visitors from across the globe.

TECA will be operated and managed by SMG Europe, who currently operate over 240 venues worldwide including; Manchester Arena, First Direct Arena in Leeds, Bridgewater Hall, Bonus Arena in Hull and the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle.

The build project is progressing extremely well, with the complex scheduled to open in 2019.

Nigel Munro, Project Director at Henry Boot Developments commented: “Construction on this transformational project is progressing well as you can see, even from outside the site. TECA will have great economic benefits including more than 600 jobs during construction and once open attracting millions of pounds of business to the North East economy. We are delighted to be the development partner and an instrumental part of this significant project.”

Cllr Jenny Laing., Co-Leader of Aberdeen City Council, said: “The Event Complex Aberdeen represents one of the most significant developments in the history of the city. It is fantastic to see the construction continuing at pace and the momentum building as the opening draws nearer.

“The launch of the TECA name is part of the marketing strategy for the venue and it dovetails with the aims of our Regional Economic Strategy, which has internationalisation at its heart. The quality and scale of the complex will enable Aberdeen to attract global events and acts, supporting our ambitions to grow the number of visitors we attract from local, regional, national and international markets.

“We are in the midst of the most important period of transformation Aberdeen has ever experienced and TECA is integral to the Council’s £1billion capital programme. There is a hugely positive story for the city to tell about the vision for the future and today’s announcement is another step forward in the journey we are on.”

Nick Waight, Managing Director at AECC continued “I am proud to be part of this major project for the north east. TECA is the largest ever single investment in a venue in the UK and reflects the ambition of Aberdeen City Council to diversify the local economy and brings an opportunity to add real value to the city, region and to Scotland as a whole. It  boasts an impressive airport location, contemporary design and will be very eco-friendly. Our experienced and dedicated team at the AECC will transfer to the new venue and continue to offer the excellent customer service we are renowned for.”

While TECA will remain the name of the new venue, SMG has various sponsorship opportunities available including naming rights for the venue, which could lead to an evolution of the brand.

The Vamps to perform at AECC

The Vamps are one of the most successful British bands, achieving a huge amount of success and acclaim all over the globe and are heading to Aberdeen!

The Vamps have picked up over 2 billion streams globally and have 8.4 million monthly listeners and 1.7 million followers on Spotify. They are also one of the most watched artists on YouTube, with over 600 million video views. Their most recent album Night & Day (Night Edition) scored the top spot on the Official Albums Chart and also stormed into the Top 10 on iTunes in over 20 countries including Argentina, Philippines, India and Australia.

The Vamps will perform their Four Corners UK & Ireland 2019 Tour at the AECC on 10 May. tickets will be available on Saturday 28 July at 10am.

Bill Bailey to bring ‘Larks In Transit’ tour to Aberdeen!

Saturday 1 June, 2019

Larks in Transit is a compendium of travelers’ tales and the general shenanigans of twenty years as a travelling comedian. With musical virtuosity, surreal tangents and trademark intelligence, Bill Bailey tackles politics, philosophy and the pursuit of happiness. Plus, he fashions a symphony from a ringtone, tells the real story of Old McDonald, and re-imagines the Stars and Stripes. Two decades of touring larks from a comic described by the Daily Telegraph as ‘the brainiest comic of his generation’.

UK Tour 2018 –

“A genuine marvel” The Herald Sun in Melbourne

“Virtuoso…Comedy’s Mozart” The Sunday Times

“Joyous, playful, effortlessly funny” Time Out

“A mind to thrill – breathtaking” Metro

“Bailey cuts a world-beating swathe all of his own” Evening Standard

More information available at

Tickets for the show go on sale at 10.00 am this Thursday 14 June and can be purchased from or by calling 08444 77 9000.

See us at The Meetings Show!

In a few weeks we’ll be at London’s Olympia for The Meetings Show.  See us on VisitScotland stand H400 to find out more about the exciting developments taking place in Aberdeen, including our state-of-the-art new venue opening next year #LoveAberdeen

Healthy Living Award for AECC!

Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC) was the first establishment of its kind in Scotland to receive a healthyliving award back in 2009 and can proudly confirm retention of this award for yet another year.

The healthyliving award was launched in August 2006 and is a national award for the foodservice sector in Scotland.

Caterers play an important role in influencing what their customers eat, AECC has been recognised and rewarded for making it easier for customers to make healthy choices while at the venue.

The award criteria is based on the general principles of a healthy balanced diet and have been developed to be in keeping with Scottish dietary targets. Simple changes to the way a caterer works can make a significant difference to their business.

AECC’s Executive Head Chef, Brian McDonald, said: “We are delighted that our efforts in providing homemade, healthier options to our visitors has been recognised in such a way. To be the first exhibition and conference venue in Scotland to receive a healthyliving award back in 2009 was a tremendous achievement, nine years on, our continued commitment to healthy choices remains key to our offering here at the venue.”

“Over the years it has becoming increasingly important for caterers to provide healthy food alternatives, at the AECC we are constantly developing our menus to offer something new for our customers.”

For further information about Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre please call 01224 824824 or visit

TV Superstar Vet Set for Aberdeen Show

Following the huge success of his Channel 4 show, Professor Noel Fitzpatrick, The Supervet, is delighted to be bringing his first ever live stage show Welcome to My World to major venues across the UK & Ireland next year.

This groundbreaking new show will hit Aberdeen, Friday 9th November next year and is a must see for all animal lovers and fans of the TV show alike.

The show will see Noel enlighten audiences with his incredible life story and explain how he became The Supervet we know and love.

Noel wanted to tell a story about love, a story about hope, with incredible science in the background. He recognised the important bond humans have with animals, how they really are part of the family and how much families will do for them in return for the unconditional love which they give.

Noel Fitzpatrick said: “Come with me on my journey from a field in Ireland to a fantastical world of bionics and regeneration, where everything becomes possible. I am so excited to bring to you my live show and share with you my story. Welcome to my world.”

Join Noel on a journey from his early years in Ireland, where he was full of fantastical ideas through to today where the future of medicine is full of incredible promise.  Welcome To My World is a deeply immersive experience, which will transport Noel into a virtual theatre thanks to the very latest in creative technology, allowing him to illustrate some of his remarkable techniques in front of the audience.

Director of Sales & Marketing for AECC, Louise Stewart said: “Supervet is a great addition to next year’s entertainment line-up, offering something different and giving fans of the show the opportunity to learn more about the professor himself giving them a real insight into his life and where he gets his passion from. A show for all the animal lovers out there.”

Tickets for the show go on-sale next Friday 15th December at 9am, available from or by calling 08444 77 9000

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