Visitors to the park in the late 80s and 90s knew the Piazza by the Towers' ruins as the park's home for live music. A distinctive futuristic dome opposite the main entrance to the house would play host to bands, dancers, impressionists and musicians for over ten years, pumping music throughout Festival Park.
An Open Air Stage was added to the Piazza in 1987 as a new home for live music after the closure of the nearby arena on Talbot Street. The stage was originally open to the elements, which somewhat limited its usage due to the Great British weather and so a couple of seasons later the distinctive dome, which lent itself to the venue's new name, was added in 1989.
The Open Air Stage originally featured the park's house band named Red Sun along with a variety of guest artists, but with the arrival of Henry Hound as the park's mascot he took over as host of the musical revues from 1988. New iterations of the show would be produced each year but the format remained a consistent mix of live music, dance, impressions and other variety-style acts.
In 1993, Henry disappeared from the line-up but the show went on and the following year the show became Music Powerhouse, which would be the final music show in the venue and ran for the next five years. From 1994 through to 1998 the venue also played host to daily performances of the Children's Fun Factory, a variety show aimed at younger audiences.
1998 was the final year that the Festival Park Dome operated as an entertainment venue. When Festival Park was transformed into Ug land the following year, the new entertainment offering moved to the Tree House in the centre of the area, where the Ug Family and Ug Fire Brigade would perform daily.
But the Story didn't end there... The Dome became redundant until it was converted into the Fountain Square BBQ and later the Hogs Head Bar & Grill. Even then, the stage structure remained but was converted into a housing for the barbecue unit. The Dome's final season was 2007 before it made way for a purpose built restaurant venue, which is now known as Woodcutter's Bar & Grill.