The best music venues in London: The O2

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The O2

Symbolic of the turn of the century’s cash-rich, common sense-poor mentality, the Millennium Dome was a national embarrassment which took years to sell off. Even once it was off the public’s hands, doubts remained about the building’s viability as a venue, given the drawbacks of its relatively remote location and the fact it used to be the Millennium Dome. 

But the plucky 20,000-seater has proved the critics wrong and established itself as the capital’s de facto home of the megagig.

This was where Prince chose to hold his famous 21-night freeform residency, still spoken of in awed tones by those who were there. It is also, of course, where Michael Jackson fatally decided to base his own 50-night run, with equally memorable results.

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