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By Shah Amin

Senior Staff Writer

24 December 2021

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Culture

New Year’s Eve Laser Light show to go ahead in Newcastle

Newcastle’s skyline will be lit by spectacular high-powered interactive lasers for three nights over the New Year’s Eve period.

Tyne Bridge laser lights
The interactive lasers will be positioned on the Tyne Bridge, Hadrian’s Tower, Civic Centre, Sage Gateshead, Baltic and Malmaison from 30 December to 1 January

With the fireworks displays cancelled due to COVID concerns, the laser light display will still go ahead as it has been designed to be safe under the strongest restrictions and social distancing. As it runs over 3 nights across the entire city crowds are not likely to congregate in any particular area. 

The council, NE1 and BAFTA award-winning artist Seb Lee-Delisle have worked together to bring this dramatic laser light show that will illuminate iconic landmark locations across the city heralding in the New Year.

The interactive lasers will be positioned on the Tyne Bridge, Hadrian’s Tower, Civic Centre, Sage Gateshead, Baltic and Malmaison from 30 December to 1 January and will be visible from at least 10 miles all around.

It can be viewed from all around the Newcastle Quayside, as well as from the North of the city with lasers situated on Newcastle’s Civic Centre and Hadrian’s Tower.

The public will be able to take turns to control the colour and movement of the lasers from their smartphones via the Laser Light City website where you can find more information and will direct you to the interactive interface once the lasers go live. The light displays will take place on:

  • Thursday 30 December: 5pm - 11pm
  • Friday 31 December: 5pm - 1am
  • Saturday 1 January: 5pm - 10pm

Cllr Ged Bell, Cabinet Member for Development, Neighbourhoods and Transport, said “Despite the challenges, we’ve been able to welcome visitors back to the city and enjoy some amazing Christmas events and activities in the city this year.

“The Laser Light show is going to be fantastic and will be a wonderful way to end the year. It’s going to be great to see the lasers light up the city’s skyline and illuminate our iconic landmarks.

“People will also have a chance to take charge of the laser beams and control it via their smartphones which is a great way for everyone to enjoy the event safely.

“In light of the new Omicron variant and the rise in Covid cases, please consider wearing a mask in crowded places and stay home if you have tested positive for Covid or are displaying symptoms.”

The Laser Light show is going to be fantastic and will be a wonderful way to end the year. It’s going to be great to see the lasers light up the city’s skyline and illuminate our iconic landmarks.

Cllr Ged Bell

Cabinet Member for Development, Neighbourhoods and Tran