Thursday, 14 August 2008
The 20,000-seater auditorium in the former Millennium Dome will overtake New York's Madison Square Gardens as the venue to have sold the most tickets in the year - despite only opening in June.
The milestone will cap a remarkably successful start for the Greenwich complex now run by US entertainment giant AEG.
It comes as the O2 revealed that U2 will host "multiple" nights there next year. New figures released by concert database Pollstar shows the arena's three-month ticket sale of 601,056 is beaten only by those of Madison Square Gardens, Manchester Evening News Arena and Wembley Arena - sold over nine months. With several big name in the run-up to Christmas, the O2 is predicted to comfortably overtake all three.
The arena opened in June with Bon Jovi and has hosted some of the world's biggest names including Prince, the Rolling Stones and Barbra Streisand.
Wednesday, 13 August 2008
STEVIE Wonder has announced details of a European tour including a night at London’s O2 Arena in September 2008.
He also revealed that he first began planning a return to the stage last year after his mother – who died in 2006 – came to him in a dream.
“I want to thank everyone for the contribution you’ve made over my life,” he continued. “Had it not been for you I would never have had the chance to get the support for my music. And I would never have been able to allow my mother to have a far better life than she would have had.”
He then performed eight songs, including Superstition, Happy Birthday and Master Blaster.
Run to the Beat is a half lengthy taking place throughout the London Borough of Greenwich. The event will begin and finish at The O2. As well as being London's first half marathon, the second unique aspect of the event is that it will work with Dr Costas Karageorghis to scientifically position live music throughout the course to inspire the 10,000 runners taking part. Dr Karageorghis will analyse the runner's demographic and their tastes as well as using his existing scientific research to choose the right music for the competitors. That music will then be implemented with live acts, local London bands and musical talent.
Entry to the event is £30 with limited capacity. To enter visit www.runtothebeat.co.uk
The run will deliver motivational live music at strategic points along the route using a variety of talented artists and a network of hi-tech speaker systems. The event will have a genuine carnival atmosphere and will be hugely inspiring for competitors and spectators alike.
Below there is a list Bars and Restaurants that is near to O2 Arena.
Nestle 'Take a Break'
- Sound Bites Grill
- Beck's Vier Bar
- Two Degrees Bar
- O2 blueroom
- Sandwich Filling Station
- Chop Chop Stir Fry
- Carve Up
- Salt + Vinegar Fish and Chips
- Base Pizzeria
- All The Lost Souls
- Barry Manilow
- Elton John
- Here and now - Christmas Party 2008
- Katie Melua
- Lee Evans
- NBA Europe Live 2008 - New Jersey Nets V Miami Heat
- Queen and Paul Rodgers
- Simply Red
- Stevie Wonder
- Strictly Come Dancing Live
- Tina Turner
The O2 arena Box Office opening times12:00-19:00 on non arena event days 12:00-21:00 on arena event days
Tickets for events at indigO2 can also be purchased from The O2 arena Box Office or from Ticketmaster.
Tickets for 'Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs' can be purchased at The O2 bubble Box office.
Please note tickets can only be purchased from the The O2 arena or The O2 bubble Box Offices in person. For telephone bookings, please contact Ticketmaster on 0871 984 0002.
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While all of the original exhibition and associated complex has since been demolished, the canopy or shell of the dome still exists, and it is now a key exterior feature of the The O2 entertainment district.
The dome is served by North Greenwich tube station on the Jubilee Line, as well as by a fast catamaran from QEII Pier to central London operated by Thames Clipper as part of London River Services. A bus station is integrated into the tube station, providing bus services to south and east London.
But why has the O2, in Greenwich, south-east London, been such a success, and has it damaged other music venues?
When David Campbell became chief executive of the O2's owners, Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG), he knew it would be a challenge, but thought the capital was crying out for a decent music arena.
"Our main competitors - Wembley Arena and Earls Court - were built in the 1930s and neither was primarily a music venue," he says.
"The Dome was an iconic building recognised around the world. It's in a great location. The issue was its content."
But he was surprised how quickly the O2, as it was re-christened in 2005, took off.
"We thought would take years but it happened in months," he says.
Much of the O2's success is down to the artists who perform there and the fact that AEG is the world's second largest event promotion company has helped draw in the big names.
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most popular venue in the world for live music. In the first six months of this year, ticket sales were at 853,000, 30 per cent better than runner-up, the Manchester Evening News Arena (576,171), and well ahead of Wembley (247,159) in London and Madison Square Garden (312,896) in New York.
'I often work an eight-day week, or so it feels,' says Campbell. 'A lot of the music is at weekends, so there isn't much time to flop around at home.'
The O2's income is generated via a rental charge - which varies, depending on the artist - and from taking a proportion of ticket sales, which also varies with each performer.
2007 Bon Jovi play venue's first public event on 24 June, later followed by Prince (21 nights) and the Spice Girls (17 nights), and, for one night only, Led Zeppelin's celebrated reunion.
2008 Artists scheduled include Kylie Minogue, Stevie Wonder, Barry Manilow and Elton John
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The Jubilee line is the only Underground route that connects with all others - so not only can London residents reach us with no hassle, National Rail passengers from all over the UK can too. The walk from North Greenwich underground station to The O2 is approximately 200m.
North Greenwich for The O2 is a major travel interchange with 7 bus routes and a frequency of up to almost a bus a minute.
The M25 (London orbital), the A2/A20 (from the South East) and the M11 (from the North) all offer good access and The O2 is clearly signposted. We have 2,000 parking spaces which can be pre-booked on event nights and we offer services including special VIP drop off points.
Pink Floyd's Roger Waters, Coldplay, Leonard Cohen, Tiësto, Queen + Paul Rodgers, Celine Dion, Rihanna, The Rolling Stones, Justin Timberlake, Keane, Avril Lavigne, My Chemical Romance, Foo Fighters, Madness, Snow Patrol, Andrea Bocelli, Bon Jovi, Linkin Park, The Eagles, Take That, Bruce Springsteen, Dolly Parton, Scissor Sisters, Kanye West, Smashing Pumpkins, 50 Cent, Boyzone, Alicia Keys, Westlife, Barbra Streisand, Neil Diamond, Tina Turner, Kylie Minogue, Shayne Ward, Carlos Santana, Backstreet Boys, Girls Aloud and Elton John.