10 Mar 2016

9 incredible moments that happened at The O2

It’s hard to believe that The O2 has been hosting concerts for nearly ten years. During that time, we’ve seen rock gods perform, comedians make people literally cry with laughter, and sporting heroes beat the odds as well as their opponents.

We’re pretty proud to have been the venue where so many cool things happened – here are just some of the coolest moments in the last 3,285 days…

We kicked off with one of the world’s favourite bands…

That’s right, back in 2007 our first ever concert was legendary. @WindsweptCoast remembers it well!

It was an epic night – and hearing everyone singing along to Livin’ On A Prayer was the best way to break in our brand new arena.

The time we hosted The Return Of The Spice Girls in 2008

The media had been in a frenzy of comeback rumours for months, and so when the iconic Spice Girls announced their first tour as a complete band since 1999, the world went mad. We were delighted to host them for 17 consecutive nights – the first night sold out in only 38 seconds, so it was no wonder they added a few more dates.

2009’s Christmas Spectacular

We were feeling particularly festive back in 2009, and so hosted a special Christmas show with classical promoter Raymond Gubbay. Hosted by the timeless Myleene Klass, it was a beautiful occasion, with concerts from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Choral Society and some amazing singers recreating all our favourite carols…

Remember when Ben Stiller crashed a gig in 2010?

Lovely singer / songwriter Jack Johnson was playing a gentle gig when the Hollywood star joined him and his band on stage just before the encore. It certainly gave the crowd an amazing anecdote to go home with… 

Rocking the world of opera in 2011

Plácido Domingo and Angela Gheorghiu are two of the biggest names in opera and, when they joined forces in song, it was genuinely one of the most remarkable atmospheres we’ve ever seen here at The O2.

Becoming part of the 2012 London Olympics

Move over Stratford, North Greenwich had some of the 2012 action, too! For those who’ve forgotten, we were the official venue for all artistic gymnastics events and, amazingly, we hosted the basketball finals, too. The fun didn’t stop there either, as we also opened our doors to the wheelchair basketball events for the 2012 Paralympics, too.

Monty Python reunite for a short show run in 2013

The world’s most iconic comedy outfit bandied together for a final run of surprise shows three years ago (how time flies!), and it was such a success they added five more nights! One thing we loved about them was that they didn’t shy away from recreating their most beloved jokes. They always knew how to make their fans happy and, truly, nobody expected the Spanish Inquisition.

Beyoncé visited us more than any other venue in 2014

It wasn’t the first time the world’s favourite female musical artist had graced North Greenwich with her presence, but it was definitely the most memorable. Her Mrs. Carter Show World Tour was filled with incredible songs and outfit changes, and as her first six dates sold out in under 15 minutes, she added a second leg to the tour, making The O2 the most visited tour venue of her entire career.

One Direction causing havoc in 2015

There’s no competition, here, according to @ziamever:

For those of you who don’t remember, mother-flippin’ ONE DIRECTION came and hung out at The O2 last September and, in the process, accidentally melted thousands of girls. The sheer levels of mass hysteria during this concert propels it into our top 9…

The question now, though, is... what’s next?