© Jim Steele
Time Out says
Posted: Mon Nov 19 2012
A £30 million refurbishment has improved the much-derided 12,500-capacity Wembley Arena no end, with comfy seating, better acoustics and decent sightlines. Built opposite Wembley Stadium it was originally intended to be used a swimming pool. Despite hosting aquatic events in the 1934 Empire Games and 1948 Olympic Games, it's rarely used for sport these days. Wembley Arena reopened to the public with a Depeche Mode concert in 2006 and has since proved a huge success. Pearl Jam drew a record crowd of 12,470 fans for a 2007 gig, Cliff Richard holds the record for most headline shows by one artist (over 60) and Busted hold the record for selling out the most consecutive nights, with 11. The only downside is the slight dearth of decent food and drink options.
For the London 2012 Olympic Games, the Arena will seat 6,000 people who will enjoy the Badminton and Rhythmic Gymnastics.
What's on at Wembley Arena
Pop, Rock 'n' roll, Punk and hardcore
Young, angsty Maryland pop-punk group ATL arrive in London to play to their considerable British fanbase. They've had three Top 10 albums in America and one here, so this mega Wembley gig (to be recorded for an upcoming tour film) shouldn't come as a...
'The Blue Danube' comes to Wembley for two bombastic evenings of classical music, courtesy of waltz-loving Dutch crossover violinist André Rieu and his 60-piece Johann Strauss Orchestra.
Metal, Punk and hardcore
The phenomenally popular metalcore combo from steely Sheffield celebrate their tenth year together in March 2014. That's a whole decade of banging heads, chugging guitars, and inducing beer-chucking around the world, including their latest tour in support...
Things to do, Kids' activities
This circus-themed CBeebies extravaganza is touring the UK and coming to London in April 2015. Expect singing, dancing, comedy from Justin Fletcher's extended cast of creations including Mr Tumble and characters from 'Gigglebiz' and 'Something Special.'...
Solo shows, Big-name talent, Stand-up
There are plenty of space-themed puns in the marketing blurb for John Bishop's 'Supersonic' tour, including 'Ground control to Major John' and 'Set the controls for the heart of fun'. But the Liverpudlian powerhouse's latest show is more likely to be...
You know what they say about Lenny Kravitz's career: it ain't over ’til it's over. To the haters, he's a ’90s relic, a mega-sized tub of pastiched cobblers in shockingly bad clobber. But there are also plenty of people who look on ol' Len as the living...
Pop and rock
Adam Levine's funky soft-rockers from LA tout offensively bland, middle-of-the-road pop fare, but they're unbelievably popular, as evidenced by the success of their five high-charting albums and consistently sold out shows despite high ticket prices....
Stand-up, Solo shows, Big-name talent
Fluffy-haired, baby-faced, observation machine Michael McIntyre hits the road once again with his next huge arena tour, 'Happy & Glorious'. Since breakthrough appearances on 'The Royal Variety Performance' and 'Live at the Apollo' the skipping stand-up...
Pop and rock
- Critics' choice
He just wants to be your sledgehammer, so why not let him? After all, 'So' is arguably Peter Gabriel's greatest album – Kate Bush is even on it, for Pete's sake! The former Genesis leader performed his chart-topping fifth LP to celebrate its twenty-fifth...
Pop, Classic rock
- Critics' choice
Yep, that Queen: the classic rock act with the iconic, irreplaceable, long-dead frontman. Freddie Mercury's continued absence from this world hasn't stopped Brian May and Roger Taylor from reuniting Wayne Campbell's favourite car karaoke band. Paul Rodgers...