The O2 Arena in London is quickly becoming one of the world’s most famous music venues. In 2008, it took the crown away from the iconic Madison Square Garden in New York City to become the busiest concert venue in the whole world. Since then, the arena, which is located in the North Greenwich area of London, has only gone from strength to strength. This has been proven by amazing statistics that the mobile telecoms network unveiled this week which show that it is once again the most popular music venue in the world. For the 8th year running it has sold more tickets and welcomes more concertgoers than anywhere else.
The O2 Arena in London had a total attendance of 2,076,553 people in 2015. It also reached a milestone by selling its 15 millionth ticket, which went to someone going to see the X Factor alumnus and ‘Troublemaker’ and ‘Dance With Me Tonight’ singer Olly Murs during his United Kingdom tour. This was just one of the many events that attracted huge crowds during 2015. The O2 Arena also played host to the boy band One Direction, rock legends Fleetwood Mac, the one NBA basketball season game played outside of its native United States and much, much more.
However, the O2 Arena doesn’t simply provide a platform for music. It has a part of the venue called The Quadrant which last year hosted the Moscow State Circus and the British Street Food Festival. It is also going to host the corporate conference event Conference Week in September of 2016. Other upcoming events include a performance by the celebrated film composer Ennio Morricone whose work has been heard in The Good, The Bad And The Ugly as well as Quentin Tarantino’s new movie The Hateful Eight. It will also be the venue for the BRIT Awards.
The O2 Arena has the cool Brooklyn Bowl venue inside the arena which includes American food, local draught beer and 12 bowling lanes alongside live music – acts like Husker Du singer Bob Mould and Dinosaur Jr. have appeared there in the past. It also has the indigo at The O2 – a 2800 capacity venue that has served as an after-show party venue, a stand-up comedy hall and a music club.
The general manager of The O2, Rebecca Kane Burton, said: “2015 was an amazing year for The O2 with new records set, new residencies established and three new members of our 21 Club. The team is excited about 2016 with a fantastic mix of music, entertainment and sporting fixtures already in the diary.”