Culture and heritage abound in Aberdeen. With its sweeping seascapes, vibrant arts scene and award-winning attractions, the city itself is a must-see. With many of our team proud Aberdonians, bursting to showcase the city to visitors, we caught up with Steve Daun, Business Development Manager – Associations at P&J Live who, in his own words, told us exactly why he’s so proud to be an ambassador of the city.
“I’m an Aberdonian, born and bred. I love the city and I love showcasing our amazing region to new and existing clients.
“Working in a modern, state-of-the-art venue makes my job so much easier. It’s a gift and has meant we are now a real competitor to other large venues across UK when submitting bids to bring conferences to the region. As the most sustainable venue of its kind in the UK, with our very own on-site energy centre, it’s something we are immensely proud of.
“When it comes to selling Aberdeen, we work with some brilliant strategic partners. Knowing we have a fantastic team waiting to provide first class service to clients and their delegates adds to our strengths considerably.”
“When delegates ask about Aberdeen, they can often ask about travel and connectivity. Some perceptions seem to remain that the city is difficult to get to, but our transport links are really quite excellent.
“I get asked daily, ‘how easy it is to get to Aberdeen? Can you fly to the region? Do you have an airport? What are the rail connections like? What can you do when you get to the city?’, and my favourite question is, ‘can you see or visit an oil rig?’ Sadly not.
‘I do, however, love to see the reaction when I explain we have one of the best regionally connected airports in the UK, flying to a range of cities and to major key hubs in global locations. In fact, we are lucky to have a great relationship with LoganAir, allowing delegates attending a conference at our venue to receive discounted flights - it’s simple. This allows us to work with the UK’s biggest regional airline, who are flying into key cities across the UK into Aberdeen on a daily basis. This really helps us to connect with delegates and exhibitors, but of course it has also bolstered connectivity with international locations. Providing this additional service to clients is something I am really proud of.
“It is great to have travel choices. Many clients take the Caledonian Sleep Service from London Euston up to Aberdeen. It’s an overnight service where you get the chance to experience the incredible food and drink Scotland has to offer, all while travelling in style. I’ve experienced this and I think it’s an amazing way to travel. Waking up to the beautiful east coast of Scotland, with picturesque views of our amazing coastline – BREATH-TAKING. And, of course, our delegates receive discounted rates when attending an event at the venue – say no more.
“Let’s not forget, the regular train service to Aberdeen provides fantastic direct routes to key locations across the UK. Yes, we are slightly further north than other locations, but we are accessible, and connected, with regular services, 7 days a week. Trust me, delegates will love it.
“So, let’s take a minute to reassess. We have an international airport (tick), a bustling train station with regular services (tick) and we have a venue which is literally connected to them. Visitors can reach our venue within minutes of landing. It really is from plane to P&J Live within 20 minutes. Our airport is literally a stone throw away from the actual runway. We also have a train station which is a 5-minute drive from the venue, allowing visitors to connect to the main station within 8 minutes. And last but not least, we have a bus service that runs from the airport, to the station, via the venue every 10 minutes. So, when I get asked if the venue is connected and accessible to key travel partners, I’m delighted to say YES.
“I’d love to tell you more. With fantastic travel partners and an amazing team of staff who are available to make your next event MEMORABLE in Aberdeen – there’s nothing not to love.
“Get in touch and I’ll tell you all about it.”
Steve Daun - Business Development Manager - Associations
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!
- 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.