Dedicated to the Business of Contemporary Live Music

The O2 is crowned Venue of the Decade

16 January 2020

THE O2 (cap 23,000) in London has been named Venue of the Decade by US music industry publication Billboard, beating New York’s Madison Square Garden (20,780) and Radio City Music Hall (6,013) as runners-up.

The venue kicked-off 2010s with Bon Jovi performing on the roof and has hosted over 2,000 events during the decade, featuring artistes such as Beyoncé, Drake and Taylor Swift.

“Last year was incredible and we’re proud to have hosted 219 performances and welcomed world class content,” says Emma Bownes, vice-president of venue programming. “Our 2020 calendar is already looking great and we’re so looking forward to another brilliant decade.”

Mirroring  Prince’s 21 performances in 2007, several more artistes have joined The O2’s 21 Club, including One Direction, Take That, Drake and Michael Bublé.

Manchester Arena (21,000) was the only other UK venue to make the Top 10, coming in at No 5.

Other Stories

Colston name removed in wake of protests

17 June 2020
THE EXTERNAL signage of Bristol’s 1,932-capacity Colston Hall has been removed following two weeks of protest and counter-protest around the Black Lives Matter campaign, including…
Read more

Benn plan to relaunch live music sector

17 June 2020
FESTIVAL REPUBLIC MD Melvin Benn (pictured) is promoting a plan to enable festivals and concerts to return without social distancing. The Full Capacity Plan eliminates…
Read more