The National Bowl, Milton Keynes

2.1
Performance · Concert / Show
The National Bowl is an entertainment venue located in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, England. The site was a former clay-pit, filled in and raised to form an amphitheatre using sub-soil excavated by the many new developments in the area and it has a current maximum capacity of 65,000. The arena is open-air grassland, without seats.HistoryThe venue opened in 1979, with gigs by Desmond Dekker and Geno Washington. In 1982, Genesis performed their reunion show Six of the Best at the venue with Steve Hackett and Peter Gabriel.In 1983 on the 1,2, and 3 July David Bowie played three dates of the Serious Moonlight tour at the bowl. He returned in 1990.On 21 and 22 June 1986 Simple Minds performed at the bowl. Also on the bill were Doctor and the Medics, Lloyd Cole and the Commotions, Big Audio Dynamite and The Waterboys.On 10 September 1988, Michael Jackson performed at the bowl during his Bad World Tour in front of 60,000 people.In 1992, Sony/Pace bought the venue and re-branded it as the National Bowl, building a permanent massive sound stage. They pulled out in 1996 citing profitability reasons.
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  • I have been pining to go to The National Bowl (though I call it the Milton Keynes Bowl) for years now, ever since I became aware of Queen's show there on June 5th 1982. Over the years I came to...  more »
  • Amazing experience with friends Although it's a festival, the toilets were cleaned regularly and surprisingly had toilet roll everytime - what a bonus!!  more »
  • Went to the EDC here for the first time in July 2016. Loved the fact that you could sit on the hill and still see the main stage, the tents with the other stages were crowded and we found it easier...  more »
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  • Went to the Car Boot at this venue as a seller, it is very large, and has lots of different stalls including some traders. The reason for the 2 STARS is solely for the state of the portable toilets, they are an Health hazard, DO NOT USE THEM
  • Amazing venue for rock concerts, I only wish it was used more often, because it is a bowl, it's a natural amphitheatre so you have a choice to be at the front or to get a better view you can sit up on the sides, down side is that the food and drink is way way overpriced, but it is easy to get to with plenty of parking and other good transport links.
  • Great place for a days racing, easily accessible.
  • Come here most Sundays for the boot fair. Just recently it has got quite small, Hoping it will pick up again in the warmer months
  • Such a great place. Free parking and easy to get to. Huge bowl which probably isn't used enough for things other than concerts.

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