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.