Tag: O2 Arena

MICHAEL BUBLE, O2 Arena – Evening Standard, 10 Dec 2019

‘Tis the season for Michael Bublé. The Canadian balladeer’s 2011 Christmas album sold 12 million copies and is as vital a part of the season as knowing what time the Queen’s speech is on. So it was the perfect time for him to drop down the O2’s chimney and throw a few snowy songs into his usual array of swinging… Read more →

BJÖRK, O2 Arena – Evening Standard, 20 Nov 2019

An artist’s first arena appearance is usually an indication that they’re at their commercial peak, fully in the mainstream with enough hits to fill 90 minutes or more. For Björk, making her inaugural visit to the O2 at 53, it was an opportunity to display the world of her most recent album on the grandest scale. Anyone hoping to hear… Read more →

ARIANA GRANDE, O2 Arena – Evening Standard, 19 Aug 2019

Ariana Grande could be forgiven for avoiding concerts, to stay coccooned in the recording studio where she is currently so prolific. This was the start of her first new tour in Europe since an ex-boyfriend’s death and the bomb at her Manchester show that killed 23 in 2017. No one begrudged the strict security, with only clear plastic bags allowed… Read more →

MARK KNOPFLER, O2 Arena – Evening Standard, 29 May 2019

Now 69, Mark Knopfler raised the possibility of his retirement at this show. The former Dire Straits frontman won’t have time for golf or gardening soon, however. This tour runs til September and has already involved two Albert Hall concerts. Next summer Local Hero, a musical based on the 1983 film for which he has written numerous new songs, arrives… Read more →

DRAKE, O2 Arena – Evening Standard, 2 April 2019

“I’m so happy I finally made it home,” Toronto superstar Drake said from the stage at the first of seven arena shows in London. You might suspect that he says something along these charming lines in every city he visits, but there’s plenty of evidence for a special relationship between Aubrey Graham and the UK.   Midway through this packed… Read more →

BTS, O2 Arena – Evening Standard, 10 Oct 2018

With just three letters and seven young members, BTS must be the biggest thing in music globally today. Already huge successes for several years in Japan, China and their native South Korea, this year they have achieved the impossible and converted Western audiences to hyperactive manufactured pop sung largely in Korean. BTS (Bangtan Sonyeondan, which means Bulletproof Boy Scouts) were… Read more →

DEMI LOVATO, O2 Arena – Evening Standard, 26 June 2018

Demi Lovato postponed this concert on June 10 with injured vocal cords, at such late notice that many fans had already set off to the venue. The LA singer and former child actress had better timing as she returned. This week she hit the UK number one spot as the voice of the latest Clean Bandit single, Solo. The lightweight… Read more →

KATY PERRY, O2 Arena – Evening Standard, 15 June 2018

An international pop superstar could struggle to stand out in the crowd in London this month. June is positively awash with divas round here, with Shakira, Beyonce, Taylor Swift, Demi Lovato and Camila Cabello all dropping in, plus Ed Sheeran bringing even more crowds and slightly less glamour. All of which meant that Katy Perry, on a mere pair of… Read more →

SHAKIRA, O2 Arena – Evening Standard, 12 June 2018

The night after Demi Lovato cancelled her O2 Arena show at the last minute due to injured vocal cords, Shakira arrived on the same stage to show her what’s hopefully in store. The Colombian star, 41, faced a bleak musical future after a vocal haemorrhage caused her to postpone this tour. Seven months later she was back and in fine… Read more →

NASHVILLE IN CONCERT, O2 Arena – Evening Standard, 23 April 2018

While The Greatest Showman’s soundtrack is spending longer topping the charts than the film spent in the cinema, the stars of the TV series Nashville put on a show that suggested that they too could live on as singers more than actors. “We film 10 months out of the year and then they let us out of our cages,” said… Read more →