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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The Four Tops + The Temptations
Two sets of bona fide Motown legends run through their gold-plated hits for this nostalgia-soaked revue.Funk, soul and disco Thursday October 27 2016Read more
Mary J Blige + Maxwell
Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Blige, who has been separately anointed the queen of R&B and hip hop soul, shares the bill with neo-soul showman Maxwell, who is promoting his blackSUMMERS' night album.Funk, soul and disco Friday October 28 2016Read more
The most recent recordings by the legendary Celtic soul mystic have flitted between big band jazz, R&B, skiffle and folk, but on stage nowadays he’s been dipping deep into the blues as well as raiding his deep, deep discography (including cuts from his...Jazz Sunday October 30 2016Read more
Van Morrison + Jeff Beck
The veteran singer-songwriter from Belfast, known to his fans as Van The Man, performs his rock, blues and folk hits in the company of iconic British rock guitarist Beck.Rock and indie Sunday October 30 2016Read more
Bring Me The Horizon
The phenomenally popular metalcore combo from steely Sheffield have been banging heads, chugging guitars, and inducing beer-chucking around the world for over ten years now, but their last-but-one album ‘Sempiternal’ was their first on a major label....Punk and metal Monday October 31 2016 - Saturday November 5 2016Read more
This gig coincides with the release of Bastille's second album 'Wild World', the follow-up to their hugely successful first album ‘Bad Blood’ in 2012. No doubt they will intersperse new tracks with the now classic 'Pompeii', 'Oblivion', 'Flaws' and 'Of...Rock and indie Tuesday November 1 2016 - Wednesday November 2 2016Read more
The Disney Channel star, UNICEF ambassador and ex of Justin Bieber hits London full in the face with a load of new songs. Her slinky, R&B-influenced makeunder on new album ‘Revival’ hasn’t done Sel any harm: she bigger than ever.Pop Friday November 4 2016Read more
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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 Friday November 18 2016 - Monday September 4 2017Read more
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 Tuesday November 22 2016 - Saturday November 26 2016Read more
Elvis In Concert
The highly acclaimed Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra will perform The King's most iconic and beloved pop and blues-rock hits to accompany archive recordings and an on-screen video of the man himself.Rock and indie Wednesday November 23 2016Read 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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