Since The O2 opened in 2007, transforming the endlessly floundering Millennium Dome in Greenwich into a multi-entertainment centre, it's relied on the pulling power of one giant superstar after the next. Barbara Streisand, Prince, Tina Turner and Bon Jovi have all pitched up to wring whopping sums of money out of their equally ageing fans, while guaranteed crowd-pullers such as Kings Of Leon and Kanye West are enlisted to pack the house with those too late on the bandwagon to have caught them in the far more appealing Brixton Academy. Still, The O2's sprawling 20,000 seat arena isn't the only thing to recommend it. The smaller, less attention-grabbing Indigo2 is a good place to catch soulful crooners such as Estelle and Akon, while the centre also houses an 11-screen Vue cinema, the British Music Experience and space for temporary exhibitions such as Dr Gunther von Hagens's 'Body Worlds'.
As the North Greenwich Arena, it will play a major role in London 2012 hosting Artistic Gymnastics, Trampoline, Basketball and Wheelchair Basketball. A cable car – a section of which will link The O2 with ExCeL – is on target for a summer 2012 opening.
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STAR WARS Identities
Explore a collection of 200 props, models, costumes and artworks from the Star Wars film series to explore the genetics and psychology of characters in its universe. You can even develop your own original character while you visit. Tickets onsale from...Exhibitions Until Monday September 4 2017Read more
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Truly legendary funk-rockers. Expect to hear all the platinum-plated hits – 'Give it Away', Higher Ground', 'Scar Tissue' and, of course, 'Californication'.Monday December 5 2016 - Sunday December 18 2016Read more
Inventive and hugely popular Glaswegian trio play their first UK show of the year, which will also be their second performance for TCT. Expect tracks from their latest album 'Only Revolutions', which features a playful, tuneful take on their ferocious...Thursday December 8 2016Read more
The original Camden nutty boys – ska-punk veterans and diamond geezers – give their pop-ska hits another whirl. Amazingly, they've been a going concern for almost 40 years now, but they're still dynamic (and eccentrically dressed) and there's no shortage...Pop Saturday December 10 2016Read more
Rick Parfitt and Francis Rossi plug their Strats back in and chug their way through their familiar pub-boogie shuffle for their loyal fanbase. Apparently this is their last electric tour. We’ll believe it when we see it.Rock and indie Sunday December 11 2016Read more
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Disney On Ice: Frozen
It's slick. It's commercial. It's had its theme tune murdered by almost every girl under the age of 10. But 'Frozen' doesn't seem to be losing a single snowflake of its popularity among junior Disney fans, so here's a vaguely theatrical excuse to relive...Children's Wednesday December 21 2016 - Friday December 30 2016Read more
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Disney On Ice presents Frozen
Just when you'd got 'Let It Go' out of your head, Disney go and transform their smash hit flick into an icy spectacular and it's right back in your noggin. Mickey and Minnie Mouse will narrate Anna and Elsa's story as it unfolds on skates and a number...Performances Wednesday December 21 2016 - Saturday December 31 2016Read more
Comedy Central's Impractical Jokers
The impish Comedy Central quartet of Yes, Q, Murr, Joe and Sal - aka The Tenderloins perform stand-up, skits, tomfoolery and introduce never-before-seen videos on stage.Stand-up Saturday January 14 2017Read more
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For big sound and more produced artists, this is an ideal space. Saw Depeche Mode here and Trentemoller which sounded awesome! However, for orchestral-led pieces the sound can get lost. I saw Ennio Morricone here a few weeks back and although I was blown away by his talent, I felt the acoustics were lost in the massive space of the O2. So just be aware of that when buying tickets.
Its big, miles away in North Greenwich, represents the totally commercial side of live music, feels like America and is packed with chain restaurants. I should hate it, but I don't. As an arena for staging bigger gigs it delivers. I have spent so many great nights here. The best so far have been Springsteen's Christmas gig, Pink Floyd almost reuniting at The Wall and the Led Zeppelin reunion which ranks amongst my top 5 ever. Just last week I attended Fleetwood Mac who are now ancient but still have it. Triumphant after headlining The Isle of White they put on a very good show. I still prefer smaller venues that don't smell as good as The O2 but when the big boys are in town its well worth a visit.
No complains for anything..its a great place to hang out with friends but the security sucks big time...they don't know what they are doing!! Friendly??!! Are u kidding me...they are not even F of friendly....they are just rude and lazy ...
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