The O2 has celebrated a record-breaking 2023, with over 2.5 million tickets sold across more than 200 events.
Since opening in 2007, the London venue has held over 3,000 events, welcomed more than 100 million visitors and sold in excess of 30 million tickets.
This year’s 2.5 million ticket sales record beats last year’s 2.3 million sales, while also marking a 9.3% increase in year-on-year ticket sales since 2019 – excluding the years affected by COVID-19.
Sir Tom Jones marked the 3,000th performance on Sunday, with The O2 hosting 216 events across the whole of 2023.
Steve Sayer, senior vice-president and general manager at The O2, said: “2023 has been a phenomenal year of milestones at The O2 – from headline performances with some of the world’s most iconic performers like Madonna and Elton John, to surpassing over 30 million tickets sold at the venue. Our record-breaking ticket sales continue to position The O2 as the world’s busiest arena and we look forward to building on this legacy in 2024 and beyond.”
Further records have been broken, with more than 390,000 Priority tickets sold to O2 and Virgin Media customers, a 67% increase from last year.
In 2023, The O2 hosted residencies from the likes of Madonna, Elton John and more, while 24 artists played the venue for the first time – up from 12 in 2022.
Next year, The O2 is set to host carbon-removed events in what the venue claims to be a world first, in collaboration with carbon removal experts CUR8 and sustainable event specialists A Greener Future. The first of these events will be headline shows in February from The 1975.
“It really is thanks to the fans, but we also couldn’t provide a best-in-class experience at The O2 without the support of our partners, including our ticketing partner AXS, who have been integral to this record-breaking year of ticket sales, and our naming rights partner Virgin Media O2, who have had another incredible year with Priority tickets,” added Sayer.
“Here’s to all of the fans, bands and brands who’ve supported us this year – we can’t wait for what’s to come in the new year.”