AEG’s O2 Arena will host a full capacity concert for the first time in over 500 days, with a free Gorillaz show tomorrow (August 10), exclusively for NHS workers and their families. The group will return the next day for a sold-out show on site.
All show ticket holders will need to present an NHS Covid pass at the entrance to access the venue. Tickets are limited to four per person – one eligible NHS staff member and three guests.
The arena will require all staff to demonstrate a negative lateral flow test prior to entering. He encourages all visitors to wear a face covering when visiting, especially when moving around the site and in high traffic areas such as lobbies.
The O2 will use Lifebuoy hand sanitizing stations across the site and has introduced an arena-wide air purification system provided by Rentokil Initial. The arena also has an air filtration system.
To commemorate the milestone of the event, attendees will be able to purchase merchandise featuring a nightingale designed by British artist and illustrator Madeleine Floyd. Profits from sales of derivative products will be donated to the Florence Nightingale Foundation.
The merchandise will also be available to fans on the upcoming free show for NHS workers and their families, run by Liam Gallagher with Primal Scream and Black Honey on August 17.
O2 Vice President and General Manager Steve Sayer said, “We missed the fans and the live performances so much that we couldn’t be more proud to reopen with this event and welcome such a large audience.
“It’s been a long time coming, and it’s fitting that Madeleine Floyd created two new and original nightingale artwork for the occasions to help raise funds for the Nightingale Foundation. For so many reasons, we expect a great outpouring of emotion on both nights and an incredible atmosphere. “