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For the last month the owners of Scann, Canteen and Cocktails and the Middlesbrough Empire have joined forces to prepare, cook and delivering over 120 free meals, 6 days a week with help from Muse and Cena Yarm, 12 Harland Place and Blackwells Norton, all heading to North Tees Hospital to be distributed to our front line NHS staff finishing their challenging 12 hour shifts.

“Now is the time to increase production, purchase more provisions and deliver more fresh treats for our local NHS heroes, the only way we can do this is with your help and further donations. We’ve set up a new Feed The NHS, GoFundMe web page to help raise enough money to achieve this target”.

We would also like to thank the very generous and ongoing support from our suppliers, Country Valley Food Service, QFS Ltd, Bestway Wholesale, Leaders Packaging & Catering and Italica UK ltd.

If you are a supplier and want to help, contact
@scrannnorton 449 Norton Rd, Norton.

Feed the NHS 

We are looking for donations that we can use to purchase more provisions to increase the number of freshly cooked meals we can provide free to our local NHS heroes.

"We believe that decent people do what they can to help others in these unprecedented times, especially those putting themselves at risk to save others. We also feel by doing this we are utilising what we have to do our bit too" - Ashley & Barry



Due to UK Government and Public Health England we can no longer bring you the Shangri-La closing party. Currently tonight’s Fang will still take place as preparations, staff and precautionary hygiene and security measures are already in place.

It’s important we take these further measures to reduce the spread of Covid-19 and protect our wider community and hopefully bring the good times back sooner.

We’re also thinking of the other clubs, music venues and their teams around the world, this community is one of our biggest strengths, and once the overall outlook improves, our collective energy will make us more united. We’ll be ready and waiting.

Best Wishes

The Empire Team


Built in 1897 as a music hall The Middlesbrough Empire has played host to a variety of performers including Charlie Chaplin, Laurel & Hardy, The Scissor Sisters, The Arctic Monkeys and Kasabian! Since he bought the venue 1991 Barry Faulkner has transformed the derelict building into one of the countries finest venues/nightclubs. The Empire retains all it's former glory with 3 floors dedicated to style and music.


'Devilish beats, old school anthems and dancefloor curveballs'
+pop-up bars, cheeky décor and regular visits from satan himself

Saturdays, upstairs at The Empire 'follow the sign for the devil!!

Apple Pay & Contactless Payments
We now take Apple Pay and contactless payments.

Keep your phone safe and re-charge it
at the same time in our new phone lockers.



Fang - Fridays @ the Empire



Your weekend starts here! ...with the undisputed champ of Friday's in the North East. Our epic main hall hosts resident DJs playing the biggest rock, alt and punk anthems. Head upstairs for chart bangers, indie, pop and more. Plus guest rooms, pop-up gigs, regular themes and awesome bar promos. 18+




A brand new soundtrack to your Saturday nights 'Only the Biggest and Boldest Empire Sized Anthems’. Boutique rock-n-roll beats and wild performers, Empire sized feel-good dance floor fillers up the stairs, plus live acts, bands, artists and everything in between. 18+


Good Thursday 9 April

Kicking off a huge Easter weekend of Empire treats, Tangerine bring you the belly rushing, fanny tickling, original joy riding, fun fair swingboats. Experience the Empire from new heights as you tug your way through the smoke with a massive soundtrack of freshly-squeezed delights.


Easter Sunday 12 April

Tangerine feat. Creeps present Easter in the Enchanted Forest
with the infamous Rude-Rabbit Circus. Woodland Creatures, Dance Anthems, Living Decor, Guilty Pleasures, Fire Breathers, Flying Fairies, Hip-Hop, Stilt Walkers, Mr Tom Foolery, Playboy Bunny Masks, Circus Performers, 1000+ Beautiful Souls, RnB.


The Pigeon Detectives

Sunday 25th Oct

The Leeds-based Pigeon Detectives play an exciting blend of rock'n'roll born out of a love for classic rock music and the indie rock of the 1990s. 'Perfect fodder for indie fans who like to jump up and down as if it's 1995, this band's crunching guitar is simple but effective' says Camden Evening News, reflecting quite accurately the Pigeon Detectives' ethos- to play exciting music to packed out venues.

MK -Nightlapse

Friday 8th May

Revered producer, remixer and DJ, MK’s storied background is one of long-term creative development. His roots are pure Detroit, taking his early cues from electronic leaning bands like Depeche Mode, New Order and The Cure. Dig a little deeper and you’ll find that MK’s musical path is made up of seamless transitions from house and techno to hip-hop and R&B, only to return to house during recent years.

Big Country

Thursday 10th October

Big Country were formed in 1981 by Stuart Adamson and Bruce Watson. The band broke massively worldwide with the release of the album’s classic singles ‘Fields Of Fire’, ‘Chance’, 'Look Away' and signature song ‘In A Big Country’, which went on to become massive worldwide hits. Big Country have toured alongside The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant & Jimmy Page, U2, and The Jam.

Bury Tomorrow

The Black Charade & Fell Out Boy

Friday 20th November

We’ve scoured the globe to find the greatest tribute bands to honour to sound and stage show delivered by two of the biggest rock acts of our generation!
Not only does the ticket include the 2 bands but also gets your inclusive entry into FANG Fridays, our weekly Rock clubnight from 11pm, so the party can carry on well into the night.



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Book a cab:

Blueline cabs Tel: 01642 224466

Nearest Train Station:

Middlesbrough Station (08457 48 49 50) or visit

Nearest Bus:

For bus routes visit

Book Tickets:


To purchase tickets in person, the Middlesbrough Empire Box Office is open for ticket sales 10.30am till 5pm Mon to Sat inclusive. Public holidays may vary.

Door sales on the night of a show are CASH ONLY.

Other official outlets:

SEE tickets

Ticketmaster 0844 847 1697 or 


Nearest Hotel:

Jurys Inn Tel: 0161 774 2987

A minute walk from The Empire, this modern hotel is also 1.1 km from Riverside Stadium sports venue.

The relaxed rooms feature free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs, plus desks and tea and coffeemaking facilities. Upgraded rooms add contemporary decor and air-conditioning; some have sitting areas.

There's a stylish bistro and a casual bar. Additional amenities include a fitness centre, a spa, an indoor pool and a whirlpool tub. Meeting rooms are also available, as is parking for a fee.

Nearest Car Parks: 

There is a Free (after 5pm) Car park to the rear of the Empire with spaces for 60 cars.

Zetland Multi-Storey: Free for two hours, £1.50 all day, £30 monthly permit, £300 annual permit

Station Street: Free for two hours, £1.50 all day, £30 monthly permit, £300 annual permit

Gurney Street: £1 for two hours, £3 for 4 hours, £4 for over 4 hours, all day, 1 month long stay - £45

Cannon Park Lorry/Coach Park: 5p0 for 2 hours, £1 for 4 hours, £2 all day.

Captain Cook Square Long Stay: (levels 4, 4a, & 5) (level 6 is available on Saturdays & Sundays only). Free for 2 hours, £2.00 for up to 4 hours, £3 all day

Denmark Street £1 for 2 hours, £2 for 4 hours, £3 all day

Jedburgh Street: 50p for 2 hours, £1 for 4 hours, £2 all day

Wood Street: 50p for 2 hours, £1 for 4 hours, £2 all day

Cannon Park Way Car Park: 50p for 2 hours, £1 for 4 hours, £2 all day

Transporter Bridge Car Park Free for 2 hours, £1.60 for over 2 hours, £2.20 all day.

Middlehaven: There is a suspension of on street car parking charges in northern Middlehaven around Middlesbrough College (Vulcan Street, Commercial Street, Lower East Street and Lower Feversham Street). Take care as there are private car parks in operation in the area. 

Please note: Captain Cook Square and Zetland Multi-Storey Car Parks are closed at night. Their standard opening times are Monday-Saturday 7am-7.30pm and Sunday 8am-6pm.  All on street pay & display parking is free to use after 6pm Monday to Saturday and all day on Sundays. Other than Captain Cook Square and Zetland other Middlesbrough Council managed street-level/surface car parks are also free to use after 6pm



In accordance with section 27 of the licensing law the venue has the right to refuse admission without providing a reason. If you have consumed alcohol prior to arrival & appear to be in an intoxicated state or behave inappropriately in the queue or in view of the venue staff you may be refused entry without a refund.

Crowd surfing, smoking within the venue, the throwing of drinks and any other behaviour deemed as inappropriate whilst inside the venue will result in ejection from the premises without a refund.


Live shows

The Empire holds a 14+ Licence

Children who appear to look under the age of 14 that arrive at a show and cannot prove they are 14 or over may be refused entry depending on the type of show. This decision will be made by the duty manager. Parents will be called to collect their child if the show is not suitable for the person to attend unaccompanied. No refund will be given in this instance.

Club Nights

Stricktly 18+

If under 25 ID will be required

The Venue Management have the right to refuse entry without a refund.

Please ensure you read all the show details prior to booking tickets.


All tickets should be purchased through one of the recognised outlets or in person at the venue box office. The Box Office opening times are 10am till 4pm Monday-Saturday

Tickets can not be purchased over the phone directly with the venue.


Fraudulent tickets such as cancelled & duplicated tickets can be sold on the secondary ticketing market. The venue is unable to help with ticketing problems unless tickets are purchased with an authorised ticketing agent.

A list of official ticketing agents can be found on the websites, these include, TicketWeb, Ticket Master, SEE Tickets, etc.


For the satisfaction of other customers iPads and/or tablet devices are not permitted to photograph or film during any performances. Customers who persist may be asked to leave the venue.

No professional cameras (with large or detachable lenses), video cameras or tape recorders are permitted in the venue. Should you be found to have these on arrival you will be asked to either take them back to somewhere safe or be asked to deposit them in the cloakroom.

Small compact cameras/mobile phone cameras are allowed unless otherwise specified on the day of the show.


If you are lucky enough to look under 25, you will be asked to prove that you are over 18, when you purchase alcohol.

Challenge 25 is the same principle as challenge 21. All customers who look under the age of 25 will be required to provide ID when purchasing alcohol.

If you are under 18 you are committing a criminal offence if you attempt to buy alcohol and you may be ejected without a refund or held until a responsible adult can come and collect you.

People over the age of 18 found purchasing drinks for those not of legal age will be ejected without a refund.

Only acceptable forms of proof are accepted. These are listed under the ID policy.


The venue cloakroom is situated in the foyer area on the right hand side and charges £1.00 per item.

If you are bringing a bag bigger than a ladies handbag and items such as motor bike helmets, backpacks etc with you we request that these are left in the cloakroom.

Please be aware that no item will be given out from the cloakroom without the matching ticket being presented. If you have lost your ticket you will be asked to wait till the end of the event, after all other customers have collected, to collect your belongings.


If you have selected the Box Office option when booking tickets they will be available for collection from the box office when doors open on the night of the show.

To collect tickets from the box office you will need to have a copy of the order confirmation, ID and the card used as payments for the tickets.


The Middlesbrough Empire is keen to promote equality of opportunity for people with disabilities and where possible have taken the necessary steps to meet customers requirements. However the venue is over 100 years old and is a listed building so we are limited in what we can offer. 

Please note We would strongly recommend you contact Peter as we can only offer a limited number of disabled tickets/spaces and passes per show.

Disabled persons must be in possession of a full ticket for the event. However, if they are registered disabled, they may apply to Peter Hope (email: for a free carer’s pass for a companion..


There are no restrictions with regards to clothing at most events, however if wearing a hat, hoody or bike helmet you may be asked to remove these prior to entry and that they be deposited in a cloakroom. Some items of fancy dress may be confiscated.


No food or beverages should be brought into the Venues; these will be removed on search and confiscated. This includes sweets & chewing gum.

The bars at the venue do stock snacks, however we advise you to eat before arriving at the venue.

Free drinking water is available on request at bars throughout the venues.

Should you require the items for medical reasons please make this known to the security personnel on the front door who will contact the Duty Manager & medical personnel to discuss this in private.

Alternatively if possible contact the Venue via email in advance of the show.


Anyone who looks to be under the age of 25 years will be challenged to prove their age to buy alcohol. The venue operates Challenge 25.

Accepted forms of ID are: Driver's license (full or provisional), or a Passport (valid) or PASS Card with the pass hologram.

Any ID found to be fraudulent will be confiscated and passed onto the police.


If you have a complaint about the venue or event please speak to a member of security who will try to assist and in turn, if necessary, contact a Duty Manager immediately during the show to try and resolve the issue.

Complaints after an event should be sent in writing (via email) directly to the Venue’s enquiry address listed on the website. 


If you have lost items or left them in the cloakroom please call or email the venue directly on Tel 01642253553 with a description of the missing item, date of the show contact details and any other relevant information. The venue will check and if the item can be located will be in contact to arrange for you to collect the item.

The venues keep items for a maximum of 2 weeks after this period they are passed to local charity shops. Valuable items may be held for a longer period.

Items such as passports etc are kept for 28 days then destroyed. Confiscated ID's are handed to the police.


Merchandise can be purchased from the stand located in the foyer


Please be aware that there will be high sound levels during shows and patrons may be subject to continuous sound levels which may cause potential damage to hearing. Ear plugs are available on request should they be required.

The venue operates a neighbour friendly policy, when leaving the venue please make as little noise as possible


Once you have entered a venue there will be no pass outs and no re-admittance. Should you leave the venue for any reason you will not be readmitted and no refund will be given. Unless its for emergency or within the smoking area.


We discourage bringing medication to the Venues; however we do understand that for some people this is a necessity. Therefore should a person attend a show with prescription drugs the following applies:

A sealed package of prescribed medication of a small quantity is permitted providing that the persons name is on the label. A prescription for the medication if possible should be brought with you if possible.

Any person with items that are deemed unidentifiable / not in the original packaging or of a large quantity will be asked to speak with the Medics on the night who will assess the situation and the items may be removed until after the show and held in the medical room where they can be accessed if required.

Please be aware that evidence may be requested by security or the medic on entry. You may also be requested to speak with the Duty Manager.

A person who intends to bring into a venue medical sharps will be asked to discuss their usage with the Senior Duty Manager & the venues medical staff, in a private area, to ensure that their condition requires immediate access to these items and to also ensure the customer is aware of how to locate and access an area whereby they can administer the required treatment without any concern.


These are limited as its an all standing venue. People with difficulties or unable to stand for the duration of the show please contact the venue to make prior arrangements on 01642 253553


For the majority of shows the doors open at 7pm with a curfew of 11pm. On nights when there are club events after a gig (Fridays & Saturdays) doors will open at approximately 7pm with a 10.30pm curfew.

Door opening times will be printed on the tickets.

Late night events start and finish times differ and details will be on the tickets and the event information page found on the venue’s website.

Show times & support acts will be listed on the venue’s website & social networking pages as and when they are known to the venue. Normally this is not known until the day of the show.

All times and support acts listed are subject to change and are to be used as guidance only. Do not use the stage times listed to make travel arrangements.


In line with the law, The Middlesbough Empire is a non smoking venue.

Smoking is not permitted in any area of the venue. As a result of customer demand there is a dedicated smoking area which is accessible via the front entrance

Please be aware if you appear to be under 18 you may be asked for ID to enter the smoking area.

Those found to be smoking inside the venue may be ejected without a refund.


Some shows will contain strobe lighting or smoke effects. Signage will be up in the venue to advise of this. Should you have an issue please speak to a member of staff on the night.


Terms and conditions can be found on the reverse of all tickets and on the bottom of home printed tickets.

These can be viewed by clicking this link

Crowd surfing and the throwing of drinks are strictly prohibited in the venue and those who do this will be ejected without a refund.

Patrons who appear to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs will be refused entry without a refund

censing law the venue has the right to refuse admission to any patron without providing a reason.


For live gigs - Companion / Carer Ticket. This venue offers one free companion ticket, which can be booked by contacting the venue directly. These can be limited in availability so please ensure you contact the venue as soon as possible to arrange companion / carer ticket Holders should be able to meet the needs and assist the person they are accompanying in the event of an emergency.


Braille information sheets are available on request please email or call venue on 01642253553


We recommend arriving at the venue 10 - 15 minutes prior to the doors opening. The door time will be stated on the tickets or confirmations. Please try to arrive at the venue no later than 60 minutes after the doors open.

On arrival please go to the front door and give your name to security / present your email confirmation. Security will guide you through the process of getting your carer pass (if applicable) and getting to the required viewing area.


There is one accessible toilet in the ladies and one in the mensin the venue.


Events may use strobes, stroboscopic lighting, smoke effects & pyrotechnics. On such shows signs are displayed. On shows with a higher than usual amount / level of this effect extra signage is displayed.