9 Aug 2021

The O2 reopens arena with Gorillaz headline show, free for NHS workers

The O2 is reopening the iconic arena to full capacity crowds with a free performance exclusively for NHS workers and their families from Gorillaz on 10 August.


After more than 500 days without a live show, this special performance marks a significant milestone for the venue and its return to live. To commemorate this, fans and NHS workers attending the event will have the opportunity to purchase limited edition merchandise featuring the classic Nightingale design.


This design, complete with rainbow wings, was created by British artist and illustrator Madeleine Floyd who also designed the original piece of Nightingale artwork to commemorate the NHS Training Facility at The O2 in 2020. The original framed piece now takes pride of place in the backstage area alongside signed imagery of the world’s most loved artists, comedians and sport stars who have played the venue.


A special keepsake from these exclusive shows for NHS workers, profits from sales of the limited edition merchandise at these events will be donated to the Florence Nightingale Foundation to further support the important work done by the NHS. This limited edition merchandise will also be available for fans to purchase at the free show for NHS workers and their families with Liam Gallagher accompanied by special guests Primal Scream and Black Honey on 17 August.


Steve Sayer, VP & General Manager at The O2 said: After over 500 days without a full capacity show, we’re delighted that two of the most iconic UK artists are reopening The O2 arena with these exclusive performances from Gorillaz and Liam Gallagher for our dedicated NHS workers. It’s been a long time coming, and it’s fitting that Madeleine Floyd has created two new and original pieces of nightingale artwork for the occasions to help raise funds for the Nightingale Foundation. For so many reasons, we expect a big outpouring of emotion on both nights and an incredible atmosphere.”


All ticket holders will need to present a NHS COVID Pass on entry to gain access to the venue. Further information on the health and safety measures in place at The O2 arena can be found on our website.