25th million ticket sold in a year of firsts at The O2 arena

It’s been crowned the number one venue every year since opening in 2007 and now The O2 arena celebrates over 25 million tickets being sold. The milestone comes after a run of sell out shows from Ariana Grande, Travis Scott and Muse over the summer. 

2019 has also seen a rise in first time performances from global stars including Daddy Yankee, George Ezra, Post Malone, Cher and Khalid with Bjork, Jim Jefferies, Krept & Konan, Liam Gallagher, The Chemical Brothers, The Lumineers and The World of Hans Zimmer, all set to perform before the end of the year. 

In September, the venue held its first ever science show with Professor Brian Cox and will welcome its youngest headline artist, Jojo Siwa, in November. The venue has hosted over 2,000 individual performances since opening in 2007 and now averages over 200 events a year which cover music, sport, comedy, family entertainment and e-Sports.

Emma Bownes, VP of venue programming, The O2 said: “To reach the 25 million ticket milestone is a huge achievement and we’re so grateful to have hosted so many artists for the first time this year. London has the best fans in the world, and we’d like to thank promoters, agents, managers and our partners for continuing to work with us to help bring the very best performers from the worlds of music, comedy, sport and entertainment to The O2”.

Since opening, The O2 has continued to expand under and over the tent adding even more entertainment to host the 9 million fans that visit each year. Now more than just a music venue, The O2 is also home to Up at The O2, a climbing experience across the famous roof, London’s largest cinema, bowling, trampolining, over 30 bars and restaurants, and offers premium shopping at ICON Outlet.

The O2 also recently welcomed Mamma Mia! The Party, an immersive theatrical and dining experience, and announced newcomer ABBA: Super Troupers The Exhibition, a musical journey into the story of the chart-topping Swedish pop sensation, opening 6 December 2019.

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