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Pete Tong to bring music back to The O2 next month

The O2 is set to host Pete Tong on December 19 for its first music event at the arena since venues closed in March due to the pandemic.

The livestreamed concert on LIVENow will also welcome The Heritage Orchestra and Jules Buckley, with Tong stating: “We can’t be together in clubs or concert arenas BUT we can still put on a show for you.”

Early bird tickets for the virtual event are priced at £10 and go on general sale on November 27. O2 customers can get their tickets for free via the Priority app from November 26 until the afternoon on the day of the event.

Tong said: “2020, our whole year has been lost, no tours no shows no exceptions! We’re going to perform from the floor of The O2 arena and broadcast it right into your homes. The rave will be back one day but for now we are going to make the most of what we have!”

Christian D’Acuna, The O2 programming director, said: “We are very excited that Pete Tong, The Heritage Orchestra and Jules Buckley are returning to The O2 with their Ibiza Classics show for a fifth consecutive year – no pandemic will get in the way of this annual tradition.

“It will be the first time The O2 has had any live music performed in the venue since March and despite there being no fans in the venue, it’s great to return to live with one of our favourite shows. We can’t wait to tune in on Saturday 19 December and look forward to the return of fans for next year’s Pete Tong Ibiza Classics shows at The O2.”

Pete Tong’s show will mark the first event to grace the stage at 20,000-capacity arena since venues closed due to COVID-19, but it will be a gig by Squeeze in February that will be the first full socially distanced live music event. The has been pushed back until February 27 amid logistical concerns after initially being scheduled to take place on December 5, with The O2 having planned on letting 4,700 spectators in.

Gareth Griffiths, head of sponsorship at O2, said: “Pete Tong, The Heritage Orchestra and Jules Buckley are one of the highlights of the year at The O2. We’re committed to supporting live entertainment even when we can’t enjoy it together in person. O2 customers love this show so we’re delighted to live stream via the Priority app, bringing the Ibiza magic, the music and Pete’s energy to people’s homes.”