A POPULAR entertainment venue is set to reopen at full capacity for the first time since March, with big names set to take to the stage.

Brighton Dome will re-open with a packed programme that includes renowned comedians, musicians and TV personalities on September 10.

Brighton and Hove singer-songwriter Passenger will kick things off, while contemporary music artists Little Simz and Easy Life promise performances.

Simon Amstell is also set to perform his first stand up show since the release of his critically-acclaimed film Benjamin, while Nina Conti attempts to match-make audience members in The Dating Show.

With social distancing restrictions now lifted and the vaccine rollout continuing, the venue can finally return to full capacity.

A spokesman said: "Audience safety remains a priority in the venue and audiences will be required to follow the latest Covid Policy requirements in line with UK and local Government guidance in order to help reduce the risk of COVID-19."

Last year, the Brighton Dome and Brighton Festival, along with its music services, have been given a total of £841,000 to help recover from the impact of the virus.

Brighton Dome and Brighton Festival received £493,000 and the music service it manages, received just over £348,000 to ensure a sustainable future for the arts in the region.

Since closure in March 2020, Brighton Dome lost 67 per cent of its self-generated income through ticket sales and events and the music service.