Lauren Marcella, our Sales Researcher gives an insight working at P&J Live...
Born and bred Aberdonian and soon to be graduate from the Robert Gordon University in International Tourism Management, my education and career go hand in hand. I started at the AECC back in 2013 so have been able to see first-hand the journey and evolution of our new chapter P&J Live. I have been in the role as Sales Researcher coming up for 2 years and quite quickly realised I wasn’t just filling an events venue I was selling the destination on a global scale.
I am determined to overcome the perception that we are too far North, Grey and only famous for our seagulls. This could not be further from the truth, as much as we are proud of our oil and gas heritage Aberdeen is re-writing its story. I am not biased when I say Aberdeen is Scotland’s best kept secret and we need to start being loud and proud of our beautiful city.
Scotland is renowned for its culture, cuisine and do not forget the Castles - Aberdeen excels in all of these areas. A city by the sea and a vast amount of shire with 260 castles set in incredible landscapes, a Royal residence and miles of coastline bustling with wildlife, we offer a destination to be explored.
A unique conference experience especially for our international delegates with trips to Dunnottar Castle, a walk around Footdee or “Fittie” and the sampling of the local cuisine from The Bays fish and chips to the delights of the Silver Darling.
My research covers everything from International Association conferences, local award ceremonies to National medical events. To give you a flavour I am currently working on attracting events such as the Congress of the European Association for Cancer Research and the International Conference on Alzheimers & Parkinsons to showcase the world leading research currently being conducted by our local Universities and Institutes. A large portion of my week is spent researching conferences that include the words Endocrinology, Neuro-Psychopharmacologicum and Hemodialysis to name a few so my medical knowledge has certainly been broadened.
It is not just the likes of Michael Bublé we go after….
With help from the Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce and their newly launched website ABZolutely I am able to access tools to help promote the region and highlight the continued investment coming into the city. I work closely with VisitAberdeenshire our local convention bureau with spreading the word that Aberdeen is closer than you think. Did you know you can reach the city by air within 1 hour 20 minutes from any UK Airport and have direct flights from 17 National cities?
I am passionate about business tourism and the effect these events can have on a region both economically and culturally. Get ready Aberdeen, our new venue P&J Live is a game changer and I am #ABZolutely buzzing to see what is next in store. Watch this space.
#VisitAberdeenshire #ABZolutely #AGCC #Aberdeen #Associations #Businesstourism #Thebayfishandchips #Silverdarling #Dunnottarcastle
Frequently Asked Questions
- How can I buy a VIP View Bar Upgrade?
You can purchase a VIP View Bar Upgrade to selected events here. It includes early access, fast-track entry, complimentary drink on arrival and access to the View Bar before, during and post-show.
- How can I purchase tickets for a concert at P&J Live?
Tickets are available from our ticketing agent Ticketmaster on www.ticketmaster.co.uk
P&J Live do not sell tickets directly.
- How do I register for access to venue presale?
For certain events, venue presale tickets might be on offer. This means you'll be access tickets before they go on general sale.
To gain access to our exclusive venue presale, sign up to our newsletterhere and we will send you an email with the presale link for tickets go on general sale!
Tip: Also follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to stay updated.
- How can I book a table at 195 Bar & Grill?
Our 195 Bar & Grill offers a unique dining experience before selected shows at P&J Live. You can check availability and book a table here.
- Will I be able to purchase food at P&J Live?
There is a wide range of food and beverage options available to purchase for concerts and events, including catering outlets offering a variety of hot food options.
Please note - it is against venue policy to allow patrons to bring in their own food and drink to the venue. At P&J live it is our aim to be completely cashless, all of our bars, kiosks and restaurants accept card payments, this is more efficient, safe and ensures a speedy transaction. There are therefore no cash machines on the TECA site.
- Is there parking available at P&J Live?
Yes, there is parking available on-site at P&J Live.
There are various ways to pay for your parking at P&J Live
On site payment machines: We accept both cash and card payments on site, pay on exit is required by entering your vehicle registration at any one of our machines located in the car parks. Please note payment machines only take coins and not notes.
APCOA Connect App: Up to 24 hour after you have left the venue, you can pay for your parking on the APCOA Connect App. Once you have downloaded the app, use location code 6680 for the Sub-T Car Park (underground) and location code 2356 for the Surface Car Park.
You can also pay for parking via the APCOA website here, click which car park you parked in and then you will be able to pay for parking.
- Can I pay by cash within P&J Live?
At P&J Live it is our aim to be completely cashless, all of our bars, kiosks and restaurants accept card and contactless payments. This is more efficient, safe and ensures a speedy transaction.
There are no cash machines on the TECA sites.
- What bus can take me to P&J Live?
Regular buses will be coming in and out of the complex daily for public use. Details on bus routes and operators are still in discussion and any updates will be posted on the getting here page of the website.
Currently, the Stagecoach Bluebird Jet Service 727 runs regularly from Aberdeen City Centre to Aberdeen Airport, stopping in the TECA site.
- How do I purchase accessible seating for a show at P&J Live?
All the tickets for our Special Access Platform are sold via our ticket agent Ticketmaster.
Further information on accessibility at the Venue can be found on our Accessibility page.