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2013: Jesus Christ Superstar, Biffy Clyro, Olly Murs, We will rock you, Pink, Eric Clapton, Beyonce, Meat Loaf, Alica Keys, Eddie Lizzard, The Who, Josh Groban, Michael Buble, Fleetwood Mac, Childline Concert 2013, Mrs Brown live
The o2 Dublin is a short distance from Gardiner Steet, making Gardiner Street the perfect Bed & Breakfast, Hotel, Hostel accommodation in the City Centre to stay whenever you have reserved tickets for events at the o2 Arena. The journey is only 1.8 km by foot. The o2 is located at North Wall Quay Dublin 1, a leisurely 20 minute walk from Gardiner Street Dublin. From Gardiner Street Dublin, turn left and walk down the north side quays, past the IFSC, and Dublin Conference Centre until you arrive at the venue. The o2 Arena is adjacent to the East Link Toll Bridge.
The LUAS Tram stops directly outside the o2 Arena. Use the LUAS Red Line Tram from the Central Bus Station to reach the o2 Arena. The LUAS Central Bus Station Stop is 2 minutes’ walk only from Gardiner Street Dublin. The LUAS Tram is perfect to quickly travel to the o2 Arena, from Gardiner Street City Centre Accommodation.
Purchase a return Tram ticket at Busaras Central Bus Station Stop. It is best to buy a return ticket for the journey home, because the Tram stop outside the o2 Arena is always very busy, at the end of any o2 Arena Gig.
The o2 is a 14,000-seat amphitheatre located at North Wall Quay in the beautifully modernised Dublin Docklands in Dublin, Ireland, which opened in December 2008. The venue is jointly owned by Live Nation and Harry Crosbie (Amphitheatre Ireland Limited) with Live Nation in charge of programme booking and operating the venue. Amphitheatre Ireland Limited have owned and operated the venue led by Mike Adamson (Live Nation) CEO of Amphitheatre Ireland Limited since 1989. Harry Crosbie stepped down as a director of The o2 (Amphitheatre Ireland Limited) in July 2012. The venue has played host to many world renowned performers. Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance first premiered at the o2 in 1996 and did a comeback in November 2010 during the European tour.
In 2011, the o2 was the second busiest concert venue in the world, in terms of ticket sales, only behind its counterpart in London. In 2012 it was named as the fifth busiest arena in the world with ticket sales of 670,000 putting in behind London’s O2 Arena, The Manchester Arena, Antwerp’s Sportpaleis and Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena. 2013 plays host to man fantastic concerts which are set out below.
The o2 was built on the site of the former Point Theatre, a smaller music venue which operated from 1988–2007, retaining only some of the outer facade. Following its closure, the site underwent major redevelopment and was renamed after the telecommunication brand, o2, similar to the o2 in London. o2 paid upwards of €25 million and, as part of the deal, 10-15 per cent of concert tickets will be made available to their 1.6 million Irish subscribers up to 48 hours in advance of going on general sale and o2 customers will also get fast-track access to the venue on the night of gigs and have exclusive use of two of the 14 bars on site. The mobile phone company also plans to make music content from Live Nation events around the world available to its subscribers.
The Structure and design: The arena has a capacity of over 14,500 (standing) or 9,500 (seated). Retractable seating may be withdrawn to create space for 8,000 standing in front of the stage, with the remainder seated. The furthest seat is 60 metres from the stage, 20 metres closer than in The Point. This was achieved by arranging the seats around the stage in a gigantic “fan” formation which the architects likened to the Colosseum in Rome. There are no corporate boxes inside the venue. The backstage area has a “substantial” loading bay for trucks. Alcohol will only be available in a high-security area of the venue in an effort to curb under-age drinking. The venue is intended to stage 150 live events each year, catering to a projected target audience of one million customers annually. It is the largest indoor venue in the country. Prior to re-development, the seating capacity were 6,300 or 8,500 standing?
O2 Big Bands
Mike Adamson (CEO of The O2 and Live Nation Ireland) claimed that Irish fans had been short-changed when attending major events in the previous venue due to size restrictions. “It wasn’t always possible to get every show touring in Europe into the venue because of restrictions. It is now. Some shows couldn’t fit. For example, George Michael could only stage three-quarters of his production in the Point. We’re up there now with other venues in Europe.” Developer Harry Crosbie said that the Point had had a “grungy” feel “which suited Dublin at the time”. He claimed that The O2 would be a “stunning venue” created for a more “sophisticated” audience.
The world famous Irish rock band U2 were the first band to play in the venue, when Bono and The Edge performed “Van Diemen’s Land” and “Desire” to a private audience.
O2 Childline Concert
The first event to take place at the arena was the ChildLine Concert on 16 December 2008, this concert raises funds for the charity Childline.
There was a controversial Guns N’ Roses show in September 2010 during which the band had arrived a substantial amount of time late and were meet with an angry crowd and they eventually stopped performing. Most of the audience then left the building in disgust, but the band later returned to finish the show.
Jesus Christ Superstar, Biffy Clyro, Olly Murs, We will rock you, Pink, Eric Clapton, Beyonce, Meat Loaf, Alica Keys, Eddie Lizzard, The Who, Josh Groban, Michael Buble, Fleetwood Mac, Childline Concert 2013, Mrs Brown live
O2 What’s on 2013
o2 JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR 6:30PM €39.05 to €86.00
28/03/2013 BIFFY CLYRO 6:30PM €36.50
01/04/2013 OLLY MURS 6:30PM €44.05
02/04/2013 OLLY MURS 6:30PM €44.05
04/04/2013 WE WILL ROCK YOU 6:30PM €40.00
05/04/2013 WE WILL ROCK YOU 6:30PM €40.00
06/04/2013 WE WILL ROCK YOU 1:30PM €40.00
06/04/2013 WE WILL ROCK YOU 6:30PM €40.00
12/04/2013 PINK 6:30PM €60.45 to €70.45
18/04/2013 PREMIER LEAGUE DARTS 6:30PM €25.00 to €45.00
19/04/2013 WWE 6:30PM €33.50 to €76.00
21/04/2013 IL DIVO 6:30PM €49.65 to €70.45
22/04/2013 IL DIVO 6:30PM €49.65 to €70.45
09/05/2013 ERIC CLAPTON 6:30PM €55.00 to €81.00
11/05/2013 BEYONCE 6:30PM €74.00 to €94.00
12/05/2013 BEYONCE 6:30PM €74.00 to €94.00
16/05/2013 THE BIG REUNION 6:30PM €41.55 to €48.65
17/05/2013 MEAT LOAF 6:30PM €58.70
22/05/2013 ALICIA KEYS 6:30PM €54.65 to €86.00
26/05/2013 EDDIE IZZARD 6:30PM €49.50
08/06/2013 THE WHO 6:30PM €81.00 to €93.50
23/06/2013 JOSH GROBAN 6:30PM €52.00
26/06/2013 THE XX 6:30PM €32.50 to €36.50
29/06/2013 MAROON 5 6:30PM €39.50
15/07/2013 MICHAEL BUBLE 6:30PM €79.50
16/07/2013 MICHAEL BUBLE 6:30PM €79.50
18/07/2013 MICHAEL BUBLE 6:30PM €79.50
19/07/2013 MICHAEL BUBLE 6:30PM €79.50
20/07/2013 MICHAEL BUBLE 6:30PM €79.50
20/09/2013 FLEETWOOD MAC 6:30PM €65.45
21/09/2013 FLEETWOOD MAC 6:30PM €65.45
03/10/2013 BRUNO MARS 6:30PM €44.05
09/10/2013 LIL WAYNE 6:30PM €45.00 to €48.00
12/10/2013 MICKY FLANAGAN 6:30PM €33.50
16/10/2013 JESSIE J 6:30PM €33.50
02/11/2013 BRIT FLOYD PRESENTS PULSE 6:30PM €25.50 to €44.50
21/11/2013 THE LUMINEERS 6:30PM €34.50 to €37.50
28/11/2013 BOYZONE 6:30PM €49.65
30/11/2013 DIVERSITY 6:30PM €28.00
02/12/2013 JLS 6:30PM TBC
10/12/2013 MRS BROWN LIVE 6:30PM €29.50
11/12/2013 MRS BROWN LIVE 6:30PM €29.50
12/12/2013 MRS BROWN LIVE 6:30PM €29.50
13/12/2013 MRS BROWN LIVE 6:30PM €29.50
14/12/2013 MRS BROWN LIVE 6:30PM €29.50
17/12/2013 ANDRE RIEU 6:30PM €45.00 to €95.00
29/03/2014 MIRANDA HART, MY WHAT I CALL, LIVE SHOW 6:30PM €38.00