© 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, Punk and hardcore, Rock 'n' roll
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...
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.'...
Things to do
Watch the magic of Disney unfold before your very eyes at this icy show starring all your favourite characters. As well as telling the stories of princesses Ariel, Belle and Rapunzel the performance will feature the newest additions to the Disney canon...
Things to do
Roll right into the Christmas week in spactacular style at this enormous carol service at Wembley, which anticipates an audience of more than 10,000. Organised by Hillsong, ‘a Pentecostal megachurch’ (thanks Wikipedia) with chapters around the world,...
Pop and rock, West End, Musicals
OMG, it's Princess Elsa! The Tony Award-winning star of 'Wicked' and TV's 'Glee' had her profile further raised last year when her voice starred in Disney's 'Frozen', and the film's epic ballad 'Let It Go' catapulted her into the enormodome league. Thus...
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....
Pop and rock
You may remember that earlier this year there was a Kickstarter project called 'Don't Let Nickel Back' that asked for donations to prevent Nickelback ever playing a show in the UK again. Well, it didn't work. The distressingly popular grunge latecomers...
The original Lady Marmalade and Queen of Soul Food is stepping out with fellow retro R&B belter James Ingram for an arena-filling night of classics, including 'If Only You Knew' and 'You Are My Friend'.
Pop, Latin music, Acoustic
- Critics' choice
Childhood friends Rodrigo Sanchez and Gabriela Quintero used to be in a thrash metal band before they moved to the seaside to hone their slinky, enjoyable, AOR-tinged take on flamenco. They're now international stars with four albums under their belts:...
Pop, Rock 'n' roll, Chart pop
A young bubblegum-pop boy band who formed in Sydney in 2012, this lot toured with One Direction for six months. Unlike the 1D boys, 5SOS play their own instruments: think Busted, but from Down Under.