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Good, not great
Echo Arena Liverpool
Member Name: originl
Echo Arena Liverpool
Advantages: Location (town centre, dock view)
Disadvantages: Toilets, queues for refreshments
With the musical history that Liverpool as a city has (when I tell people from around the world that I'm from Liverpool, the first thing they mention are The Beatles) it was almost criminal that the city didn't have a music venue in place to attract the biggest stars. The Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, whilst it produces excellent sound quality and great service (review coming soon) the limited capacity was never going to attract music's most popular stars, so at least now with The Echo Arena Liverpool has a platform to host music's biggest acts, but also a variety of other events for the people of Liverpool and further.
To start with, the layout of the Arena is excellent, as is the location of Liverpool town centre overlooking the famous river Mersey. The bars and restaurants nearby, both located in the dock and the newly built shopping centre 'Liverpool One' will cater for people of all ages and tastes and the service inside the Arena is also good. Inside the Arena is very presentable and modern, well signposted and whilst you may queue for drinks and food for some time, prices are no more expensive than inside other music venues around the country (although they are more than you would expect to pay in your local pub/bar/club).
The sound quality inside is good, although the further back you go the quieter the music gets (it is still loud, but upper tiers will be much easier on the ears, good or bad point depends on your preferences) and in my numerous visits to the Arena I haven't bought a ticket which left me disappointed with the view.
The few downsides I must note will be firstly, the men's toilets. A number of times they have overflowed and they are extremely busy, and I have been informed the ladies toilets are not all that pleasant either. When the arena first opened I also thought the capacity was, at 11,000 too small to attract the biggest stars, but I have since seen Bob Dylan, Oasis and Paul Weller (amongst others) perform there, and I'm sure there are plenty more good acts to come.
Summary: Good Arena, but nothing on the Millenium Dome/o2 Arena