Metallica break O2 arena record

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 26 October 2017
Metallica at The O2

Metallica at The O2

Metallica have broken the attendance record for The O2 arena in London after playing to 22,211 fans this week

Metallica have broken the attendance record at The O2 arena in London.

The 'Nothing Else Matters' rockers performed to 22,211 fans at the venue in the UK capital on Tuesday night (24.10.17), beating the previous record set by Muse's 21,000-strong crowd in 2016.

Taking the 'Time Is Running Out' group's 360-degree stage design to another level, Metallica - made up of Robert Trujillo, Lars Ulrich, James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett - used the 'in-the-round' staging for their 'WorldWired' Tour.

The band performed from the middle of the area, and expanded the seating capacity which allowed them to set the new record.

Fans were immersed in the show through the stage design, and inventive 360 degree screens.

Head of programming Christian D'Acuna presented the 'Sad But True' heavy metal legends with an illustration specially commissioned to mark their achievement.

The artwork took its inspiration from the band's own creative direction, and the iconic design of the London venue.

Christian said: "Metallica smashed the highest attendance record during both of their shows at The O2. It was an honour to host the heavy metal rock gods at the venue and they did not disappoint, delivering an incredible show in the round, full of hits spanning their whole career.

"It's been a great year for rock bands at The O2, with the likes of Green Day and Foo Fighters gracing our stage and Queens Of The Stone Age and Deep Purple still to come; we hope the epic shows continue with our new 6k capacity standing floor."


1. Clive Loosley27 Oct 2017, 11:16am Report

I love heavy rock and have been to every kind of venue you can think of, but Tuesday’s performance was audibly the worst I’ve ever known...

The venue and “in the round” format, with the sound system used just didn’t work...... so much was lost due to the interference of sound waves crossing and either reinforcing, or cancelling each other that the sound was really muddy. . Also... The stage was too low and standing fans had to be in the first three of what was 30, or more tightly packed layers of people holding their phone cameras above their heads, to get a reasonable view of the stage . I will NEVER be returning to The o2 on the grounds that, if I’m paying the sort money ticket prices expected there, I expect to hear what I go to hear without feeling as though I’m listening with my head in a bucket of water..

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