Telecommunications company O2 has agreed a new 10-year sponsorship of music venues across the UK - including the Shepherd's Bush Empire .
The deal secures O2 as the naming rights partner to 19 venues in 13 cities for a further ten years.
The deal is especially good news for O2 customers, with the number of tickets available to them through the Priority Tickets scheme doubling, and other perks including fast-track entry, free cloackroom facilities and drink offers.
The O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire is a Grade II listed building on Shepherd’s Bush Green and more than 110 years old.
The theatre designed and built for musical entertainment and variety, and now hosts more than 180 events a year, with a capacity of 2,000.
It underwent emergency repair at the end of 2015 after serious structural damage was detected moments before The Courteeners were due to take to the stage.
It remained closed for longer than anticipated .
O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire highlights
- Pearl Jam played a legendary one-off gig at O2 shepherd’s Bush Empire in August 2009 ahead of the release of new album Backspacer and their concert at The O2, which had sold out in just 17 minutes. They were also joined by Ronnie Wood on stage for a cover of Bob Dylan’s All Along The Watchtower
- In August 2013 rapper and singer Plan B played at intimate show as part of O2’s 4G launch event. Ticket-holders were treated to speedy 4G cocktail bars and in-queue entertainment, as well as being streamed live to screens across the capital, where attendants were given headphones to listen to the gig while they watched it on the big screens
- In 2014 Prince played an intimate secret show with 3RDEYEGIRL at O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire as part of the Hit And Run Tour. Tickets were priced at just £10 each and fans queued all day to be rewarded with a two-and-half hour spectacular show that featured epic guitar solos and classic material
- O2 and War Child’s BRIT Award’s aftershow at O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire has created live music moments that will go down in history. February 2009 presented one of the greatest encores ever seen with a duet from Chris Martin and Gary Barlow performing "Back For Good", to be joined by U2’s Bono and The Killers for a rendition of "All These Things I’ve Done". These special shows in aid of the charity have also brought performances by Ed Sheeran, Muse, Kasabian, Calvin Harris, Take That and most recently Biffy Clyro in February 2017
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