LG Arena
Revamped venue now offers almost 17,000 seats, with Green Day, Spandau Ballet and Deep Purple among opening attractions

Yesterday we brought you news of how LG was planning to rock Singapore in association with Formula One; today the opening line-up has been announced for the LG Arena in Birmingham, which now offers up to 16,700 seats following a multimillion pound redevelopment.

The 30-year-old former NEC Arena has been completely revamped with new seating, bars and restaurants, and is due for completion in October. It became the LG Arena last year following a sponsorship deal, and the revitalised venue will carry the corporate logos and colour throughout.

Among artists lined up for the opening season, which kicks off with Tom Jones on October 18, are Spandau Ballet, Green Day, Deep Purple, the Jonas Brothers, James Morrison, Simple Minds, Placebo and Status Quo.

Meanwhile next February promises Elvis Presley in Concert, in which "Elvis sings lead vocals, as his songs and arrangements are played live by 21 musicians including some of his original band mates, backing vocalists and full orchestra".

Tickets for all events are available via theticketfactory.