Newcastle City Hall
My husband is a huge fan of Bill Bailey, buying every DVD of his live tours when they come out. So as a surprise I bought us two tickets to see is Limboland tour at Newcastle City Hall. Now I have not used the City Hall in a number of years and not since being in the wheelchair.
I couldn't see any prices for carers so after finding a section on their website instructing wheelchair users to telephone to book that is what I did. I spoke to a lovely lady who told me that at present they don't offer online booking for disabled or any discounts for carers who attend with someone. If however, you wanted to travel all the way to Newcastle (which I did not), then they were more than welcome to look into it if you can bring proof of being a carer. I was assured that this is something they are currently looking into to change.
Getting parked was a bit of a nightmare as all metered bays where taken and the ones down the side of the venue were cornered off for the truck and vans of the crew. Luckily for us with us having blue badges we parked outside of the venue. I was apprehensive with this being the first time attending this venue in a wheelchair but everything went well. I was very impressed. They had sent a letter out with the tickets with information on for disabled people and wheelchair users. Upon arrival, David had to leave me outside whilst he went in to find a member of staff to open a side door. This they very promptly did and directed us to the area of our seats. Getting across the area from the doors to where our seats where was a little difficult as it involved in having to cut through what is big enough for a walkway across when no one is sitting there but a little bit of an obstacle in a wheelchair when people are already seated. But if your seats were booked at that end there is no other choice.
The view was great couldn't have asked for better we were four rows from the front, although the people behind seemed a little irritated at having a wheelchair in front of them for leg space. This might be because if you look on the seating plan it the seat where the wheelchair goes like a normal seat. At the interval, it was a little awkward. Due to being so far at the front and the number of people heading out for drinks and smokes, getting to the foyer for the disabled toilet would have been difficult, to say the least. In my opinion there would have been no way of making it out of the foyer, toilet or get a drink in the twenty minutes you had between sets.
All in all a very enjoyable night and I felt very relaxed, all worries and concerns disappeared and there was plenty of staff on hand to help. Although attending a gig there might be a different story.