Thursday, 14 August 2008

O2 arena to become most popular world venue

The O2 arena is on course to be named the world's most popular venue this year with ticket sales set to exceed one million.
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 will perform at O2 Arena

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.

O2 Arena - Run To The Beat

The Run to the Beat is going to take place on Sunday 5th October 2008 - At The O2
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
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.

O2 Arena - Bars and Restaurants

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

O2 Arena Events

About O2 Arena Venue Info

Venue Opening HoursThe O2 opens at 10am and is open till late.

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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O2 Arena - Millenium Dome

The Millennium Dome, often referred to simply as The Dome, is the original name of a large dome-shaped building, originally used to house the Millennium Experience, a major exhibition celebrating the beginning of the third millennium. Located on the Greenwich Peninsula in south-east London, England, the exhibition opened to the public on January 1, 2000 and ran until December 31, 2000. The project and exhibition was the subject of significant political controversy as it failed to attract the number of guests expected, leading to frequent financial problems.

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.

The O2 arena: No place like Dome

Since then the former Millennium Dome has become the most popular music venue in the world, with the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Spice Girls selling out its 20,000-seat arena.
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.
'Big impact'
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.

By Andy Dangerfield BBC News

O2 Arena - Development

The development took place in the form of new buildings being built inside the dome structure to make it appear as an entertainment city within the dome. The dome structure was not changed as part of the construction with the exception of blue lights being added to the support poles and plasma displays being added to some of the large sculptures around the dome. Construction started with the arena roof which was built on the ground and lifted as cranes could not be used in the dome structure. The construction then moved on to the arena building including the interior under the roof and the entertainment avenue around the arena building. A wide pathway between North Greenwich station and The O2 was also built as well as the Peninsula Square piazza in front of the dome structure for special events. A glass roof was also built over part of the pathway so that people can walk from the station to The O2 without getting wet in rain. A covered path was also built between the QE2 Pier and The O2's main entrance. Clarke were the electrical contractors. OR Consulting engineers set up a few interactive exhibitions within The O2. Keller Ground engineering prepared the ground for construction. Special ground preparation was necessary due to the contaminated soils from the industrial works which existed at the site before the dome. Catalytic converters were also installed within the dome to prevent toxic gases due to the dome structure being left in place. The plant cylinders, containing services equipment, and some piles used for the original dome, were reused. Financial consulting was provided by WT Partnership and EC Harris. The Waterfront partnership provided legal support for the development and continues to do so for The O2. Kerzner International helped with the development of the entertainment venues.

O2 Arena: At last, the Dome has found its rhythm

A down-to-earth and perhaps unlikely impresario, Glasgow-born David Campbell finds it hard to switch off from his job as head of the O2, the rebranded London entertainment centre, once known - a lifetime ago, it seems - as the much-pilloried Millennium Dome.

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.

O2 timeline
2003-7 Construction
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

How To Get To O2 Arena

By Tube - Day & night

The Jubilee Line to North Greenwich for The O2 (Zone 2).
Canary Wharf in 5 minutesLondon Bridge or Stratford in 10 minutesWaterloo in 15 minutesBond Street in 20 minutes
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.

By bus
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.

By car
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.

O2 Arena address
The O2Peninsula SquareLondonSE10 0DX

O2 Arena Tickets

The O2 Arena is like a place from another planet when you first see it! This is a huge entertainment district which includes an indoor arena, a music club, cinema, exhibition space, bars and restaurants. All inside the former huge dome-shaped Millenium Dome, O2 Arena was designed for all kinds of different events! The O2 Arena used to be called the “Dome’s Canopy” and hosted the Millenium Experience, a huge event with an exhibition celebrating the third Millenium! Concerts at the O2 Arena are legendary, and tickets sell out very quickly, like those for the Leonard Cohen Tour or the Tina Turner Tour! You can not afford to miss any event or concert at the O2 Arena! Needless to say, O2 Arena tickets are often hard to come by, There are lot of tickets agent who sale o2 arena tickets out of them some famous ticket agent list are as follows:

The O2 arena (London)

The O2 arena is a multi-purpose indoor arena located at the centre of The O2, a large entertainment complex on the Greenwich peninsula in south-east London, England. It is the first American style arena in London. With a capacity of upto 20,000 it is one of the largest indoor arenas in Europe


Construction of the arena started in 2003 and finished in 2007. Due to the impossibility of using cranes inside the dome structure the arena's roof was constructed on the ground within the dome and then lifted. The arena building's structure was then built around the roof. The arena building, which houses the arena and the arena concourse, is independent from all other buildings in The O2 and houses all the arena's facilities. The whole arena building takes up 40% of the total dome structure.

Musical events

Anschutz opened The O2 arena on June 23, 2007 with a free event for all of the building's employees payable as The O2 Premiere featuring Peter Kay, Tom Jones, Kaiser Chiefs and Basement Jaxx, with the show hosted by Dermot O'Leary. This was before the official reopening to the public and go before a programme of events set to launch the venue over summer. Snow Patrol then played a gig to an audience made up of sponsors, local residents and local business employees. Bon Jovi played the first open-to-all concert at the arena on June 24, 2007. A lot of Aritists has performed at O2 Arena. The list of them are as follows:-
Pink Floyd's Roger Waters, Coldplay, Leonard Cohen, Tiƫsto, 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.

Sports Events

The first sporting event to take place was the Commonwealth Boxing Lightweight Championships featuring Amir Khan on July 14, 2007. That September it hosted UFC 75: Champion vs. Champion with the main event being UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Quinton Jackson vs. PRIDE Light Heavy Weight Champion Dan Henderson, Jackson won the bout by Judge's Unanimous Decision. On March 8 Enzo Maccarinelli and David Haye clashed at the venue for the World Cruiserweight title, Haye won by KO in the second round. The arena has also hosted two National Hockey League contests, which started the 2007-08 NHL season, on 29 and September 30, both involving the Anschutz-owned Los Angeles Kings and their regional rivals from Southern California, the Anaheim Ducks. In addition to this, a lot of different sports events has been played or going to be played at o2 arena such wrestling, wwe, Night Raw, ECW, Smackdown and 2012 Summer Olympic Games,

O2 Arena

The arena at The O2 justly creates a new target in what both supporter and performer can and should suppose from a rock or pop concert in the UK. You will only see the world's newest and most wanted after acts on this stage; Bon Jovi, Justin Timberlake, Scissor Sisters, Prince, The Rolling Stones, Elton John, Take That… and what a way to enjoy them. Berry Bros. & Rudd is the sole wine supplier to the O2 Arena in Greenwich.The O2 is an extra ordinary, exceptional venue, unlike any other arena in the UK, and has already attracted some of the world's greatest performers including Barbra Streisand, Elton John, Prince, The Rolling Stones, Justin Timberlake, The Spice Girls, The Scissor Sisters and Andrea Bocelli, as well as unique sporting events in Boxing, Ice Hockey, Basketball and Tennis.Berrys' Wine Director Alun Griffiths says: "O2 is destined to become London's most prestigious entertainment venue and we at Berry Bros. & Rudd are delighted to have been selected as exclusive wine supplier. The standard of catering at major events has always been irregular, to say the least, and the combination of BBR wines with the more up-market food provision offered by Levy Restaurants will ensure that visitors' enjoyment of the entertainment is matched by the quality of the refreshments".