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Sunday 19 December 2010
Friday 17 December 2010
Over the last week critics have showered Tim Minchin in stardust for his musical version of Roald Dahl's Matilda. While I look forward to seeing this fêted show, the prospect of revisiting Minchin's musical comedy hits didn't leave me quite as excited and I found myself leaving his arena show as ambivalent as ever about him.
Thursday 09 December 2010
Sunday 05 December 2010
Friday 03 December 2010
I have seen Arcade Fire in a small church and in a packed Hackney Empire. Now they are bounding onstage at the O2 Arena as if born to the role. Their ascent has been rapid and has been all the more surprising given the peculiarity of their music, a bewildering panoply of strings and things. Significantly, they do not seem out of place here. As an octet, they are not dwarfed by a stage this size. The same applies to their sound.
Thursday 02 December 2010
Sunday 21 November 2010
Thursday 18 November 2010
Two nights ago, Gorillaz were strutting their stuff at London's O2 Arena. Yesterday morning, not long after Damon Albarn's band had left the stage, work began to prepare the premises for the next headline act on the Greenwich Peninsula.
Friday 12 November 2010
An exhibition of artefacts recovered from the RMS Titanic, which sank almost a century ago, is currently on display in London.
Tuesday 09 November 2010
Encores aren't what they used to be, except at a Black Keys show. Once upon a time, an encore was reserved for bands who had impressed their fans so much that their crowd would demand them back. Now it's built into a set – whether it's wanted or not – and used by many to slip off home.
Monday 01 November 2010
Ronnie O'Sullivan has described winning the inaugural Power Snooker tournament at London's O2 on Saturday as "probably the one [trophy] I've enjoyed the most". The three-times world champion is the figurehead of the new format, which is part of plans to make snooker more popular with television audiences after years of decline.
Wednesday 29 September 2010
Wednesday 15 September 2010
Tonight's opening track, "If I Had a Heart", begins with a long, sawing build up of noise, before two green lasers shoot out at the crowd. The stage lights up, albeit too dimly to see the performers' faces (and they'll remain shrouded for the entire gig), as a series of old-fashioned lampshades pulse on and off, like jellyfish wafting through a murky sea. The synths wave over you and then the vocals arrive, with a murkiness and muddiness to match. The bass is so loud my nose begins to itch.
Monday 06 September 2010
Leading music event the Brit Awards is to move to London's O2 Arena, leaving its home of more than a decade, it was announced today.
Wednesday 18 August 2010
As the the formal bidding process for taking over the Olympic Stadium opens today, it seems increasingly likely that it will remain a multi-sports venue. West Ham United, in a joint bid with Newham Council, and AEG, the American entertainment group that runs the O2, are the front-runners, with the Olympic Park Legacy Company set to make its decision by April.
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