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'.
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The arena is great and although it's huge, it doesn't really feel that way. An intimate setting for some of the best shows in the UK. Plenty of food and entertainment options in the area to kill time before any show and very easily accessible by train or boat. I would recommend this as a venue option.
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 ...
This site is amazingly well put together and I enjoy navagating my way through it. Very informative and up to date. One area of inprovement would be a calender in bold and bright colours to attract ons attention and that makes it easier to find out whats happening tonight or tomorrow in such a way that makes the user more inclined to find and pland thier outing with just a click.
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