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 2017
The mighty masters of morbid rock return for what will, apparently, be their last ever tour. Sabbath bear the responsibility for some of the most monstrous riffs ever created. Minus drummer Bill Ward, the current line-up is the same one that came together...Sunday January 29 2017 - Tuesday January 31 2017
The BRIT Awards 2017
The annual celebration of British and international music featuring performances by some of the nominated acts. Ten winners are announced on the night, all of whom receive an exclusive statuette, alongside the previously announced 2016 Critics' Choice...Wednesday February 22 2017
Da ya still think he's sexy? Doggedly punk-haired and gravel-voiced rocker and serial model dater Stewart shakes his thing for a stadium packed with nostalgic matrons tonight. Expect hoary old faves, plus new cuts from his album 'Time' – his first set...Rock and indie Sunday February 26 2017 - Monday February 27 2017
Despite most of their recent albums being a bit rubbish, the Chiefs haven’t stopped going like a jackhammer live. Ricky Wilson remains a ball of energy onstage, commanding the crowd like a ringmaster – especially when he makes them carry him to the mixing...Rock and indie Wednesday March 1 2017
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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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