26 May 2021

Burna Boy joins The O2’s Welcome Back Shows line up

Fresh from his Grammy win for Best International Artist, Burna Boy is the third artist to be announced for The O2 Welcome Back Show series. Arguably one of the most prolific artists out of Africa and one of the biggest international artists on the globe, the Afrofusion star first graced the stage of The O2 arena alongside Stormzy at the BRIT Awards in 2020 and now returns for his first-ever headline show on Friday 27 August 2021.

Burna Boy’s Twice As Tall event will be the first event in The Welcome Back Show series which also features Ministry of Sound Classical on 13 November and UK comedian Mo Gilligan + Friends with ‘The Black British Takeover’ on 8 December.

Anna Parry, Programming Manager at The O2 said: “We’re ecstatic that The Welcome Back Shows will kick off the arena returning to full capacity this August with global superstar Burna Boy. He’s been a trailblazer in the music industry and we can’t wait to hear him fill the arena with his feel-good hits, providing a much-needed antidote to this past year.”

Burna Boy said: “I’m thankful for the love and support, we go again."

Gareth Griffiths, Head of Sponsorship at O2 added: “What a way to kick start The Welcome Back Shows in August, we’re delighted to welcome Burna Boy back to The O2 with his Twice As Tall show. Getting the arena open again and full of fans is so important, there are brighter times coming and we can’t wait.”

Working in partnership with O2 to launch and deliver The Welcome Back Shows, fans using the Priority app will have exclusive access to buy tickets for each show 48 hours before anyone else, allowing them to secure their place at one of the hottest gigs in London. Presale tickets for Burna Boy are available from 10am on 26 May.

Since its launch in 2007, The O2 has become one of the most successful, and recognisable music and entertainment venues in the world. It has played host to unforgettable live experiences for over 70 million fans of music, sport, entertainment, and award shows. The arena itself was converted into an NHS training facility at the start of the pandemic, and has since been used for closed events like the ATP Tennis Finals, and Pete Tong that have been streamed or broadcast around the world. The BRIT Awards 2021 in May was the first event to go ahead with a limited capacity audience as part of the government’s Event Research Programme.

The O2 is just 15-minutes from central London and easily accessible by tube, road or Uber Boat by Thames Clippers and has plenty of car parking space available.