© 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 Dutch violinist performs classical works, with a particular emphasis on the Viennese waltz.
Fringe, Comedy, Families
For 11 years, we've spent our Saturday nights curled up in front of the nation's favourite Geordie duo, Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly - AKA PJ and Duncan AKA Ant & Dec - and their Saturday Night Takeaway. We love it so much that only Coronation...
Classic rock, Hard rock
The Kentucky fried headliners crack out pounding, Led Zep-styled riffs with a Southern rock basis. After an intimate tour last year they're back playing arenas, with support sets in London by cock-rockers Airbourne and the Nickelback-ish Theory Of A ...
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...
Pop and rock
- Critics' choice
Everyone's favourite Canadian purveyor of MOR and his gravelly vocals return to the UK to fill out an arena or two. He hasn't released a studio album since 2008, but don't think that'll stop him belting out all the classics, including '(Everything I Do)...
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 Fletche, 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...
He might be small in stature but this talented US comic is fast becoming a comedy giant, chalking up box-office hits ('About Last Night') alongside his globe-straddling stand-up success. They say absence makes the Hart grow fonder, so the fast-talking...
Solo shows, Big-name talent, Physical comedy, Stand-up
Frantic, rubber-faced comic Lee Evans brings his biggest tour to date, Monster, to the O2 and Wembley arenas. His last show, Roadrunner, was the fastest-selling comedy tour at the time, with 227,424 tickets sold in just one day. This time he's upping...