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Live Gig “Preview”: Tinie Tempah’s Tiniest Gig for O2 Thinking of You

By on Friday, 22nd April 2011 at 4:00 pm

Have you ever dreamed of having your favourite artist performing just for you? Well, O2 made this happen for one very lucky fan, Katie Hobbs. She, along with 399 punters, turned up at Islington O2 Academy on the 30th of March expecting an intimate gig by Tinie Tempah. Little did Katie know that in a moment, those 399 left the dancefloor and she had Tinie all to herself, singing his latest single ‘Wonderman’ just for her. This is the first known example of a ‘flash exit’ (opposite of a ‘flash mob’), emptying the crowded venue in just seconds.

I honestly don’t know what I’d say if I’d just had my favourite artist sing to me and only me. (I’d probably lose the ability to speak.) But I’m sure I’d be as thrilled as Katie was: “This has been the most amazing day of my life. Getting an exclusive gig from Tinie was simply incredible. I had absolutely no idea what was happening and before I knew it I was getting a solo performance from my favourite act. It doesn’t get any better than that!” Awww. Tinie himself said the experience was amazing, adding, “I owe my success to my fans, and being able to interact with them when I play live is the greatest feeling. I’ve played all sorts of gigs in all sorts of venues but never one like this before. It’s definitely my tiniest gig ever, but it’s also one of my best.” Double awww.

This gig was part of the current O2’s Thinking of You campaign, aimed at showing how O2 values its customers. Considering O2’s long history supporting live music in the UK with its high profile sponsorship of venues all over Britain, this event was pretty neat of them to organise.


For more from behind the scenes on how O2 made this happen for Katie, head on over to Thinking of Katie.


New Year’s Eve at The O2 Arena – “Priority” Campaign‏

By on Monday, 8th December 2008 at 4:50 pm

Fancy counting down to 2009 in the presence of Sir Elton John, 2manyDJs or Hed Kandi? Well you could be doing just that if you’re a lucky 02 mobile customer.

Here at There Goes The Fear, we’re giving you the opportunity to win tickets to the coolest New Year’s Eve gigs around. Using your 02 mobile’s inbuilt camera, take a snap of the PRIORITY ad at the top of the post. SMS that pic, along with the letters ‘NYE’ to 63333 (standard rates apply). 02 will respond instantly informing you whether or not you’ve won. If the message you receive back shows an image of a Christmas tree, sadly you’re not a winner this time. But should the message open to reveal an image of super-cool London venue, The 02, then congratulations – you’ve just bagged yourself (and three friends!) some tickets that’ll see you kick off 2009 in guaranteed style.

A little confused? Don’t worry, check out this video explaining it all below:


Count down with Elton and his piano at The 02 arena, party into the New Year with 2manyDJs at matter, or dance your way into 2009 with Hed Kandi’s Grand Circus at indigo2. It’s your choice! Send that picture now, it could be your lucky day!

Please note, this competition is for 02 mobile customers only.


Alicia Keys / February UK Tour

By on Wednesday, 31st October 2007 at 5:40 pm

Alicia KeysNew Yorker Alicia Keys has announced a quick UK Tour next February.

The New York based star will play London’s O2 (who doesn’t these days?) on Friday 29th February next year (and yes, it is a leap year), along with three other arena dates.

Tickets are on sale now for all four dates, priced between £27.50 and £30 a seat. Catch her at:

Monday 25th February – Glasgow SECC
Tuesday 26th February – Manchester MEN Arena
Thursday 28th February – Birmingham NIA
Friday 29th February – London O2 Arena


Bruce Springsteen / December London date

By on Tuesday, 28th August 2007 at 6:47 pm

Bruce SpringsteenBruce Springsteen has announced that he’ll be playing a one off date at London’s O2 Arena on Wednesday 19th December.

The American Legend will most likely add further London dates as demand predicts, but at the moment we only get one visit. Tickets go on sale for O2 customers on Wednesday (tomorrow folks) from 9am, or on Thursday (30th August) 9am for the rest of us.

Springsteen has a new album, “Magic”, out on October 2nd. Whether it’s any good is up to you – though undoubtably it will sell well, as most Springsteen records do.

Photo taken from Sister 72’s flickr stream under the Creative Commons License.


Live: The Thrills, Magic Numbers, Tiny Dancers + Crowded House @ AOL Summer Cooler

By on Friday, 29th June 2007 at 1:40 am

Dome“We’re proud to be able to play in one of Tony Blair’s legacies to the UK” David Kay of Tiny Dancers said of their chance to be one of the first bands to play the indigo2 at the former Millenium Dome.

One of the most state of the art venues in the UK Indigo2 is the smaller of two venues at the new O2 complex which comprises shops, bars and cinema as well as the 20,000 arena and the 2,500 capacity indigo2. A contender to the likes of Koko and Shepherds Bush, its small enough for it to be used as “club gigs” for big bands, and large enough for small bands to aim for.

Up in the balcony the venue looked distinctly like a cinema, with plush seats (complete with stewards to tell you to get them off the seat in front) and speakers throughout. However, it lacks the quirks of some older venues: Whilst the sound is simply superb, the place lacks some of the atmosphere that darker, dingier places like the Astoria have and makes them so loved.

For the first nights entertainment, AOL took it over for their “sessions”, which last night saw Tiny Dancers, The Thrills, Magic Numbers and Crowded House take to the stage. Tiny Dancers were first up, playing to a half empty venue, however soon got into the spirit of things, playing five songs. Highlight was “Hannah, We Know” which saw dancing lego people on the giant screens behind the stage.

The Thrills were next up, debuting new material from their forthcoming album “Teenagers” alongside old favourites “Santa Cruz”, “Whatever Happened to Corey Haim?” and “One Horse Town”. Conor Deasy went into showman mode pretty quickly, getting everyone clapping along. Their new material is a natural progression from previous two albums, summery and Irish-American tinged.

In between sets AOL showed some of their previous sessions, with Paul Weller, Paolo Nutini and Ghosts all making appearances. In between The Thrills and Magic Numbers the crowd were treated to a backstage set from Siobhán Donaghy, which showed off her beautiful voice perfectly. However, being shown on video screens just made the entire audience feel detached from the experience.

Magic Numbers provided more summery tunes, with Michelle and Romeo seemingly a bit more used to the stage compared to when this Londonista saw them back in early 2005. Songs like “Forever Lost” and “Love Me Like You” sounded not at all faded, and performed with as much gusto as if they were written yesterday.

Finally, the guys most of the crowd had been waiting for, Crowded House. Hurtling through their set at a decent speed, they were chatty and genial to the crowd, with the Ozzies commenting that “It feels like I’m playing the Bowling Club Social” in regards to the number of summer hats floating around the crowd that were given out free by AOL. On their slower tracks, Neil Finn was clearly peeved with the amount of talking the balcony was doing, commenting “Listen you bastards! You can talk tomorrow!” which was a very fair point.

Four sets in four hours is a decent speed for any venue, however it’s just a shame it hasn’t got any of the soul some of London’s better venues have. The bands meanwhile overcame any issues they may have had with the venue by putting in a thoroughly entertaining show for all.

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Keane play the O2

By on Tuesday, 1st May 2007 at 1:25 pm

Keane have announced that they’ll be playing a one off summer date at the new O2 arena (formerly the Millenium dome) in London. It’ll be on Saturday 21st July, so expect a warm one

Tickets are available here from the Keane website if your already on their mailing list, else you’ll have to wait until Thursday when they’ll be available from the usual places.

Oh, and put on your best gurning faces – it’s going to be filmed for a future live DVD release (probably in time for Christmas)


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