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The Official Magazine for The O2 Issue: 007 Aug 2010

WONDERLAND The magical world of In The Night Garden arrives at The O2


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Summer is finally here and The O2 is buzzing with an incredible line-up of entertainment for the whole family to enjoy!

COVER STORY 11 SWEET DREAMS The spectacular In the Night Garden Live comes to The O2’s Meridian Gardens to delight fans of the TV show

We discover the magical wonderland of In The Night Garden Live, a sensational new stage production in a show tent at The O2’s Meridian gardens. See the stars of the TV show brought to life before your very eyes!

42 WIN A bundle of In the Night Garden treasures and your chance to star in Thank You For The Music

As The O2 and indigO2 turn three-years-old, we look at what’s made these epic stages so special. Also, don’t miss your chance to star in the spectacular Thank You For The Music at indigO2. We’ve also got some funky outdoor toys for the kids and In The Night Garden prizes up for grabs.


With all this and so much more crammed into this double issue, there’s no excuse to stay at home this summer!



Happy reading, Venue and The O2 team

From Prince to The Spice Girls, we look back at three years of showcasing the world’s hottest talent

The latest workshops and events at this incredible exhibition 26 BACKSTAGE

18 ROOFTOP ROCKERS Contact Numbers for The O2 Book Tickets by Phone: 0844 856 0202 For Customer Service after ticket purchase: 08444 999 999 Pre-book Parking: 020 8463 6718 Customer Services & public enquiries: 020 8463 2000 Lost Property: 020 8463 2030











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Bon Jovi start their epic residency at The O2 in style

Music photographer Andrew Willsher tells us his secrets to snapping the stars



Bust your best moves for The Red Cross at indigO2

Grab a bite with our run-down of the bars and restaurants at The O2




All the latest goings-on at The O2

The hottest new albums you need to hear

Kylie’s back and looking more fabulous than ever, here’s how to copy her funky new look!



Your definitive guide to everything coming soon to The O2

Play until bedtime with summer’s coolest outdoor toys for kids

33 NATURAL BEAUTY Stay gorgeous and save the planet with our pick of ecofriendly, all natural make-up


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My ticket for Britain’s Got Talent says “Doors 6.30”. Does that mean the show starts at 6.30pm?

I came to The O2 to see Bon Jovi (great gig by the way!), but I was wondering why the top of my bottle was removed when I bought a bottle of water? I’m 63 so unlikely to throw it at anyone!

I live in Greenwich and was wondering if there is anything for kids to do at The O2? I’ve got a 5-year-old and a 6-yearold and am trying to fill up their summer holidays!

How can I get the best seats for events at The O2 arena? I want get right up front, but by the time I book those seats are usually gone.

Thanks Amanda, Kent Dear Amanda, The time stated on your ticket as “Doors” is the time the doors for The O2 arena will be open for the event. This happens in advance of the show, starting to allow everyone to enter and find their seats. For running times for any event, check out the events page on our website or ring our information line on 0208 463 2000. The O2, and outside the arena, including the restaurants and Bars on Entertainment Avenue, are open from 9am.

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Caps or tops are removed as a safety requirement. This is because when trodden on, a plastic bottle with the top intact does not crush but acts as a roller, therefore becoming a potential threat to people’s safety (particularly in the event of an evacuation). A sealed bottle containing liquid can also be used as a heavy missile (not just by the owner but by someone who might pick it up) – without the cap the liquid can escape in flight. Our guests’ comfort and safety is of the utmost important to us, and such The to y a d procedures th ir B Happy 3rd azing m a are in n a t a h O2 arena.W een to place to b ve a h I . e m success story so assure st Ju ws there. n e se this. over 80 sho ve a h sI

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This summer we have lots of events for kids happening at The O2. The Activity Zone, 26 June–5 September, has Aqua Globes, The Rock (climbing and abseiling), Bungee Trampoline, Bungee Run and Mini Mayhem (an activity zone especially for the under 10s). We also have Junior Mini Golf for under 7s (and London Mini Golf for those over 7) until 5 September and the Roller Disco running until Tuesday 31 August. If your children are fans of In the Night Garden, we have In the Night Garden Live, an amazing musical theatre experience for all the family, from 14–30 August. For more information on any of the above events, please check out the special events page at

The early bird catches the worm! Tickets are sold on a best available basis, which means those seats that are deemed the best are sold first. The huge popularity of the world class acts appearing at The O2 means that tickets are in high demand. Due to the capacity and efficiency of our ticket agents and ticketing channels (via telephone, online and in person), thousands can be purchased in minutes. To get the best seats, make sure you try to purchase tickets as soon as they go on sale. You can also improve your chances of getting tickets by receiving the latest news and updates by registering for our email alerts. Visit to subscribe. If you are an O2 phone customer check out O2 priority at www.o2blueroom.



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N SUMMER FAMILY FU AT The O2 If you’re looking for a fun-filled day for all the family this summer, then get down to The O2, where the brand new London Mini Golf course and Activity Zone promises hours of entertainment over the school holidays. London Mini Golf comes to The O2 with a superb course, suitable for children up to 7 years old. If you’ve never swung a club before, the expert Mini Golf team provide everything you need to get started on the greens. London Mini Golf has been in operation for the last four years and has been enjoyed at locations and events across the capital – it even made it to Glastonbury! The Activity Zone is another new addition to The O2’s Entertainment Avenue, featuring a whole host of exciting activities that both adults and children can enjoy. Walk and play on water whilst staying totally dry with Aqua Globes, push yourself on The Rock climbing wall and the three lane Bungee Run or, for the ultimate adrenaline rush, the Bungee Trampoline offers one of the most fun ways to try extreme sports. To keep younger children entertained, there’s Mini Mayhem, especially designed with the under-10s in mind, with ball pools, soft play obstacle courses, and toddler-friendly zone. TICKETS ARE ON SALE VIA WWW.THEO2.CO.UK OR BY CALLING 0844 856 0202.


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The legendary touring giant that is Ozzfest is set to hit the UK with a oneoff date at The O2 in London, on 18 September 2010. Legendary Prince of Darkness, Ozzy Osbourne, will be accompanied on the main stage by Korn, Murderdolls and Skindred, plus a special guest still to be confirmed, and more acts to be announced for the second stage. In addition to the music on offer, Ozzy and Co. will take over The O2, offering up a Village Of The Damned, with fairground rides, stalls and tattooists. The 2010 package will be the first UK Ozzfest show in over five years, and is also the first time The O2 features a general admission format on the lower bowl; general admission ticket holders will be able to choose between watching the show from seats, or the specially enlarged standing area. Top-level tickets will also be available, offering the usual seating. Ozzy’s solo albums have all achieved top 40 chart success in the UK. He is currently gearing up to release his tenth studio album, Scream, which will hit the streets on 21 June. With his recent book, I Am Ozzy, enjoying top 10 positions in book charts the world over, the time is perfect for Ozzfest’s return to the birthplace of metal and, with the awesome supporting cast that Ozzy brings with him, fans are in for a truly special day. “It means a lot to bring Ozzfest back to the UK,” says Ozzy. “This is the first time that we’re bringing Ozzfest indoors. The O2 is the perfect place to hold a festival. Let it rain, let it hail, let it thunder, because we’ll be rocking inside.”



DREAM TEAM The Co-operative, the UK’s fifth largest retailer, has partnered with the British Music Experience in a commitment to inspire and educate children over the UK through music. The three year title sponsorship promises to deliver 15,000 free tickets to the nation’s youth over the duration of the partnership, through a combination of promotional activity in The Co-operative stores, digital awareness, experiential activity and through The Co-operative’s partnerships with schools. With the British Music Experience’s focus on informing visitors about the history, science and culture of popular music, it’s the perfect platform to educate and inspire youngsters about Britain’s musical heritage. The new partnership is part of a pledge from The Co-operative to use £11 million to help young people on the path to success.

The Co-operative’s Chief Executive Peter Marks is excited about the alliance; “Our Inspiring Young People programme will aim to help unlock the potential that is so evident across the country. The British Music Experience is dedicated to inspiring young people through music so we’re delighted to partner with them on creating experiences and opportunities for young people.”

FACES GABY ROSSLIN SSIBLE” “MISSION IMPO AT The O2 Gaby Roslin, celebrated TV presenter and co-host of BBC London 94.9 breakfast show, and Josh Hardie, head of Corporate Responsibility at Tesco, are taking part in the first ever abseil held in The O2 arena. Their nerves will be tested by a drop of over 100ft, but fantastic views should help them on their way. The abseil will take place on Sunday 22 August to support children with cancer. The groundbreaking abseil can be completed head first in a thrilling ‘Mission Impossible’ style or feet first, and is raising money for children’s cancer charity CLIC Sargent – Tesco Charity of the Year 2010. It is one of hundreds of events being staged during the year to help Tesco and CLIC Sargent achieve their goal of raising £5m to fund specialist children’s cancer nurses. Patron of CLIC Sargent and mum of two, Gaby, has volunteered to be the first to take part in the challenge. “CLIC Sargent is a fantastic charity, and provides amazing support for children, young people and their families who are affected by childhood cancer,” said Gaby. “Although the abseil is going to be quite terrifying and I’m going to get a never-seen-before view of inside The O2 arena, it really is for a fantastic cause.” The charity has dedicated Social Care Teams based at Great Ormond Street Hospital, University College London Hospital and the Royal Marsden Hospital helping families from in and around the Greater London area who have a child with cancer.





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The magical world of In the Night Garden arrives at The O2’s Meridian Gardens


n the Night Garden is a magical place that exists between waking and sleeping in a child’s imagination. The BBC television show has been described as a modern interpretation of a nursery rhyme picture-book, featuring a host of wonderful characters, living together within a happy and caring community. It has received phenomenal success in the UK with high

ratings, awards and press accolades since its launch. In Spring 2007 it won Best Preschool Programme 2010 at the Broadcast Awards, BAFTAs for Best Preschool Live Action 2007 and 2008 and has sold over 1 million DVDs, 2.5 million books and 4.4 million plush toys in the UK alone. TV sales now total 35 countries including Canada, Australia, Spain and China, with this truly global show being translated into 19 languages. Now the global phenomenon finds a home at The O2’s Meridian Gardens, in the first-ever staged event of the acclaimed television show. In The Night Garden Live is a spectacular and innovative musical theatre experience for the whole family. This is the first time that children and parents will be able to see the iconic In the Night Garden and its much-loved characters Igglepiggle, Upsy Daisy and Makka Pakka in a live event. The characters will be brought to life with full-size costumes, enchanting music, magical puppets and spectacular panoramic projections, creating an immersive theatrical experience to make audiences feel they are actually entering the magical world of In the Night Garden. Visually stunning, In The Night Garden is created in an inflatable, purpose-built touring theatre made up of two impressive, state-of-the-art show domes, which faithfully recreate the magical world of this hugely popular children’s television show. “The creative challenge was to not only transport the audience into the world of In the Night Garden, but also to create a fully practical experience for families with young children,” says acclaimed theatre producer Andrew Collier, who’s worked for almost a year to bring the TV show to the stage. “We’re delighted to be bringing In The Night Garden to London this August. The Meridian Gardens at The O2 are the perfect riverside setting for a great family day out.” The show domes will have all the facilities of a regular theatre – including box office, toilets and catering points – but these will be uniquely familyfriendly with buggy parks, baby-changing areas and

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microwaves to heat up baby food. The auditorium will have just 500 seats, providing excellent sightlines and proximity to the stage for all audience members. Families will have the choice of two shows during the run (each with a different story), with up to five performances a day to suit every family’s schedule and a highly competitive ticket pricing scheme. There are two different shows to choose from – each one lasts an hour and follows a different story, starring all your favourite characters. You can choose which one to see – or even see both! Bringing his unique style from the television show is celebrated creator and composer of In the Night Garden, Andrew Davenport. “I’m thrilled at plans for an In the Night Garden Live experience for children and their families that sets out to match the celebrated quality and high production values of the television series. I hope that In The Night Garden Live will become a memorable experience for children up and down the country.”




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The Stars of In The Night Garden Makka Pakka lives in a little cave with his favourite stones. Igglepiggle He also has a little soap and sponge is an energetic, wellto make sure all of the Garden stones and loved teddy, always jumping all of the faces of the other characters are and bouncing. He’s curious and clean and tidy. He travels around the Garden adventurous, but also vulnerable and pushing his Og-Pog, which carries his The modest and, despite his energy, sponge, his uff-uff dryer and his Haahoos he is often in need of reassurance and special trumpet. are five enormous comfort and always carries a blanket pillowy characters, with him. who roam about the Upsy Daisy garden at a leisurely pace. is generally a They are sedate and gentle, happy and optimistic The but are so big that they can character. She loves to Tombliboos stop the Ninky Nonk in its dance, regardless of the live inside a lovely tracks – no small feat! occasion, and has her own round bush, which has many special bed that has a mind different levels inside, where the of its own, as she will Tombliboos enjoy playing with often be seen chasing The their special blocks, as well as or being chased by Pinky Ponk is a their drums and piano. her bed. kind of airship, speckled with many fins and large landing lights. The toys travel in the large gondola, which gives them wonderful views of the garden. The red “ponk” light on the nose slowly flashes green to signal taking off, and red when landing. Interior lights also flash Tombliboos when taking off and landing.

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PERFORMANCES WILL BE HELD AT The O2 THROUGHOUT: 14–30 AUG Tickets are available via telephone on 0844 856 0202 or visit All Images : In the Night Garden TM & © Ragdoll Worldwide Ltd 2007



GET THE PARTY STARTED The O2’s hidden gem, indigO2 celebrates its third birthday this year. We look back at what’s made this intimate and exclusive venue an international success


ince opening its doors on 2 July 2007 with a stunning performance from Jools Holland, indigO2 has witnessed show-stopping sets from the legendary Prince after-show parties, The Eagles album launch, The Who and Chaka Khan to today’s chart-toppers, Ne-Yo, Usher and Busta Rhymes, to name a few. With a flexible capacity of 2,400, indigO2 is the perfect venue for any live music, comedy, club night, TV recording or corporate event. Furthermore, indigO2 has played host to a number of exclusive music events, from the Shockwaves NME Awards 2008 to the ITV2 Live at indigO2 Series, which saw performances from such illustrious artists as Paul Weller, N*E*R*D, The Fratellis and The Feeling. Heading further into TV land, the X Factor have filmed their exclusive ‘Boot-Camp’ episodes at indigO2, with over 200 contestants performing under the watchful eyes of the X Factor judges. With its theatre-style downstairs seating and huge balcony area, the versatility of indigO2 has been the key to its success, branching out into the comedy genre, attracting the likes of Dylan Moran, Michael McIntyre and the Jongleurs Comedy Club 25th Anniversary shows.


For corporate clients, the indigO2 is an ideal space owing to its versatility, with-state-of-the-art lighting and sound, designed to meet needs for conferences, award dinners, presentations, exhibitions and private parties.

WHAT’S TO COME For one night only, the UK’s hottest talent Ellie Goulding will be performing at indigO2. Winner of Critic’s Choice at this year’s Brit Awards, don’t miss Ellie on 5 July perform hits from her debut album Lights, including Wish I Stayed, Starry Eyed and her latest release Guns & Horses. On 17 July, Spotlight LDN will be bringing together the UK’s finest grime, R&B and hip hop for the ultimate live music rave to launch 2010’s hottest summer anthems. The formidable line up includes some of London’s including Scorcher, Kele Le Roc, Princess Nyah, Nate James and Mz Bratt. The Dualers, street performing brothers Si and Tyber announce their Summer Of Ska show at indigO2 on Thursday 22 July. Performing a unique blend of ska, soul and reggae, the Dualers’ summer beatsattract a fanbase of all ages and the duo return to the indigO2 after sellout shows in 2009. 


ROOFTOP ROCK Bon Jovi kicked off their 12-date residency at The O2 in epic style by performing live on the iconic rooftop. We look back at the phenomenal success of the legendary band’s Circle Tour shows


nly the biggest bands can think the unthinkable. On 24th June 2007, Bon Jovi opened The O2 arena, setting the standard of world-class artists who would come to define this epic stage. On returning to begin their historic 12-date residency in June 2010, the band marked the occasion with a very special event. They took to The O2 roof for a unique performance that was beamed live onto Peninsular Square’s High Definition Screen for fans in front of the venue. Bon Jovi treated London to a special preview with 4 songs from their world tour set list, while their temporary home city stretched out around them. They rocked 58 metres above the ground, as high as Nelson’s Column and with spectacular views of the London skyline. Helped up there by trained mountaineers, the New Jersey boys blasted out tracks We Weren’t Born To Follow and Superman Tonight from latest smash hit


album The Circle, then all time classics It’s My Life and You Give Love A Bad Name. The band also re-dedicated the Lyric Wall; a unique giant wall inside the VIP lounge at The O2. The mammoth sized canvas represents the only venue on earth where a single band’s lyrics are embedded into the building. As much as any club, theatre or stadium is in the world, The O2 is very much Bon Jovi’s UK home! While other artists of their generation slow down, Bon Jovi are hitting their peak. They played to well over 189,000 fans throughout June, more than the crowd at Glastonbury (177,500) and the 3 day Hard Rock Calling festival in Hyde Park combined (160,000). Although they’ve become the quintessential stadium rockers, front man Jon Bon Jovi, who’s been married to his high-school sweetheart Dorothea for 20 years, disclosed before the rooftop show that he dislikes being away from home because he misses his family. “It’s horrible when you are away touring, it’s terrible - you

are away from everyone and it can be for long periods, but so are travelling salesmen and soldiers.” Bon Jovi drummer, Tico Torres singled out The O2’s acoustics as his main memory from opening night in June 2007. “The sound was really good. The key to arenas is to build sound that’s good for music, but years ago arenas were built for sport, not music, which meant a lot of them have terrible sound. We play a lot of arenas and they’ve got it right at The O2. That’s important to us as musicians.” “London is a great place to be, but you don’t always get a chance to see things when you’re on tour. It’s like New York, where there’s always something to do. I really enjoy coming over and I’m looking forward to this trip a lot. I want to see a bit of tennis at Wimbledon and hope to play a bit of golf at Sunningdale.” From the centre of a circular stage, with a crescentshaped video wall behind them, Bon Jovi blasted through a blend of classic tracks throughout their residency at The O2, as well as songs from their hugely successful album The Circle and a few numbers from their Noughties foray into country music. The staging was spectacular, notably several dozen video screens, which began as a box around the band, shifted location for almost every song and turned into stairs, then a raised walkway during We Got It Going On. The Circle Tour featured over 70 different songs from 11 studio albums including 8 covers during their run of shows including Roy Orbison’s Pretty Woman, The Who’s Squeezebox and Paint It Black by The Rolling Stones. “There was also a great vibe coming off the audience, and as a band you feed off that energy. They were great shows,” says Torres. AEG Live’s Rob Hallett, promoting for the residency,

comments: “When Jon Bon Jovi opened The O2 with the words, ‘Hello London, welcome to your new home,’ little did he realise that we were already plotting to make it his new home! Bon Jovi are the best live band in the World.” With over 120 million albums sold, countless awards and stellar stadium shows year after year, Bon Jovi have little more to conquer. The band has performed more than 2,600 concerts in over 50 countries for more than 34 million fans. Bon Jovi are always at their best when they are on the move and that is truer now than ever before! n



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Dance sensation group Diversity are coming to the indigO2 this month to encourage kids to get involved in Dance for Life with the British Red Cross


THE PERFORMANCE WILL BE HELD AT indigO2 ON 18 JULY Tickets are available via telephone on 0844 856 0202 or visit


ith their huge success after winning Britain’s Got Talent 2009, Diversity will be strutting their stuff at the indigO2 this summer to encourage youth groups to perform, no matter what their experience or ability. Dance For Life 2010 is a project created by the Red Cross, with all proceeds going to help people in crisis, both in the UK and overseas. With ages ranging from 14 to 27, Diversity came together as a group to show how important dancing can be to express yourself, and now they want to help more kids across the UK to turn towards it. “We are proud to support the Dance For Life project as it’s a great opportunity for young people to enjoy dance and performance. We hope you will be part of Dance For Life 2010.” This event is open to schools, colleges, dance groups and youth groups, and creates a unique

chance for young people to perform their very own dance routine in front of an audience. The groups will also be judged and the winners will win an exciting opportunity to compete in the final competition. Entries to Dance For Life will be split into two categories: under 11s and 12–18 year olds. Groups will be judged on four key elements: concept, choreography, costume and entertainment. The judges are hoping to see the Red Cross theme in each routine, as well as creative hair, make-up and costumes that represent the group’s dance to its full potential. The British Red Cross is a volunteer-led, humanitarian organisation that helps people in crisis across the world. And through Dance For Life, they want to help prove to kids across the country that dancing is not only fun, but also a great way to define themselves, no matter what their background or abilities are.

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The 15th July 2010 hosts a unique and inspiring event singing its way into the British Music Experience at The O2


he Sound Stage Crew is a group of innovative young people from in and around Greenwich who work closely with Youth Music, Greenwich Theatre, Greenwich Music Services, Street Vibes and Young London into Music. They aim to boost confidence and spark enthusiasm in young people through various performing arts related workshops and events. They give young Londoners invaluable knowledge about the music sector whilst giving them a platform to perform and show off the depths of their talents. The crew consists of young people who have already gained some experience within different fields in the performance industry. From singer/ songwriters to actors; DJ’s to event managers; producers to dancers, they plan to pass on the knowledge and experience they’ve picked up to the youth of Greenwich Siobhan Dacres, Soundstage youth mentor at the British Music Experience said, “The Soundstage project is a great opportunity to give something back to the young people of Greenwich. The project is even more special because it is designed by young people for young people.”


They’ll be showing everyone how to get involved with the thrill unfolding at the British Music Experience (BME). The Sound Stage Crew hosts weekly meetings with the target of putting on the biggest and best event of 2010! Keep your eyes and ears peeled because the streets will be alive with the Sound Stage Crew! The British Music Experience is the interactive music exhibition permanently housed at The O2. Offering music fans of all ages a mix of the most coveted music memorabilia of all time and cutting edge audio-visual technology, the museum charts 65 years of British popular music. Play instruments, have a singing lesson, dance your way through the decades or simply relive your favourite music moments - there is something for everyone. Don’t forget to check out British Music Experience’s extensive public events programme - read on for a taster of what’s coming up or visit the What’s On section on

Do you love music? Are you 16 to 25?

If so, listen up! Get your hands on free gig tickets and the chance to meet producers, songwriters, musicians and even the odd legend. The British Music Experience’s Sound Stage Crew have joined up with Young London Into Music to give YOU the chance to get your hands on free VIP tickets to some of the freshest music events in London at The O2. Sign up NOW for the greatest offer this summer and you could be one of our members, and maybe even get backstage! Visit To get your name on the list




These 2 specialist workshops featuring record producer Dawood: producer of Roll Deep’s recent #1 hit ‘Good Times’ and songwriter Carla-Marie Williams who has had 4 top 10 singles in less than 18 months. Creating a No.1 track: 14:00 - 15:00 Creating a No. 1 song: 16:00 - 17:00

Featuring Andie Airfix and Mark Willkinson this is the first in a series focusing on iconic album covers and the way that each genre and artist defines themselves visually. We shall be looking at the development of the album cover, logos and the methods used to create the art work that can be as iconic as the music. Time: 7:30pm

The original pirate radio station takes up residency in the British Music Experience for one week only. Visitors will be able to see them in action in our Jam Studio throughout the day and a few lucky Sound Stage guest list members will be invited to meet them. Sign up to find out how! Time: between 11:00 and 7:30pm

JULY 8TH PRODUCER SERIES GREG HAVER MASTERCLASS Greg is a very talented producer who built up a reputation for his diverse production skills and innovative arrangements with artists such as Super Furry Animals, Catatonia, Lost Prophets, Bullet For My Valentine and Manic Street Preachers. Greg will be sharing his extensive expertise and experiences with a specially invited audience. Time: 7:30pm

JULY 15TH SOUND STAGE CREW SHOWCASE With artists like Wacky Rymel, Meleka and Griminal this will be THE event of the summer, programmed for young people by young people. We have an eclectic mix of music, dance and theatre showcases with more emerging UK talent than you’ll know what to do with.

JULY 17TH SPOTLIGHT LDN AT INDIGO2 Spotlight LDN brings together the UK’s best funky, grime, R&B and hip hop artists to launch 2010’s hottest new summer anthems, supported by one of East London’s leading live bands, Groove Control. With DJ’s Play Ent, Crazy Cousins, DJ Spooky and Paleface, this event promises to be a spectacular display of exciting artists. Time: 8:00pm – 12am

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Take your Best Shot

He’s snapped some of the biggest icons in the music industry, from U2 and Oasis to Morrisey, the White Stripes and Radiohead, but photographer Andy Willsher rarely gets starstruck by his commanding subjects


s he prepares to shoot in the iconic setting of The O2, we meet the man who gets up close and personal to the greatest musical mavericks of our time.

How long have you been shooting musicians? I’ve been shooting professionally for 18 years. I never studied photography and have no formal qualifications or training, so my technique developed as I went along. It’s definitely not the conventional route to the job, but I’ve always been passionate about live music and that’s where everything started for me. Music venues used to be a lot less strict about security, so I’d sneak into gigs with my camera to photograph the performing acts. Did you ever want to study photography? Most people I’ve known who finish a photography course get disillusioned or focus on a very narrow aspect. I knew I had a passion for music and didn’t want it to burn out in the classroom. After a couple of normal jobs after leaving school, I carried on taking photos at gigs in the evenings. NME was the first magazine to actually ask me to shoot musicians and I’ve been working there ever since. How well do you know the musicians you photograph? I’m a huge music fan, so I’m generally familiar with the majority of the artists I work with. I’m lucky since I can request musicians to shoot, so my portfolio just ends up mirroring my record collection. If I’ve listened to a band, then I can usually tell what kind of look and style they’re going for. The greats like Thom Yorke or Ian Brown are always amazing, but sometimes the energy of a new band blows you away. What’s your favourite kind of setting to shoot in? I’ll always love photographing live bands and audiences. It’s almost hyper-real when a performer jumps through the air, and it lasts a split second; capturing that moment makes it last forever. The buzzing atmosphere means anything can happen and you’re at the mercy of stage lighting. Gigs can take place anywhere, from a small club to a huge site like Glastonbury, and they all need to be approached differently. The environment of a festival is nothing


like shooting in a venue. At festivals the weather affects you, you have a mixture of light sources, and you need different lenses too. Studios are a completely different ball game – usually you have more time and can control the lighting. It may end up more manufactured, but I always try to keep a raw element to the photos. How would you describe your photographic style? My brief is always to make the artist look the best they can. I prefer a more documentary-style quality to photographs, but do a lot of studio work too. I meet bands who have almost always been touring non-stop and they’re exhausted or restless, but most of the time they want to photographed, as they know it’s good press. Once they realise I’m there to help them look their best, they cooperate and trust me enough to give me more of a visual insight. I’ve got a collection of images of bands that should never see the light of day! But that side of the music lifestyle isn’t really what I’m interested in portraying. Have you ever been star-struck by your subject? To be honest, I’m focused on getting the best shot

possible to get too intimidated by the musicians. As I said, I’m a huge music fan anyway, so of course I was intimidated when photographing Morrisey. He’s got this reputation of being tough to shoot, but he was such a surprise on the day. He was really friendly and came over to ask if everything was going well during the shoot, which artists rarely do. What will you be working on at The O2? Mainly crowd shots. It’s great when you get to capture someone’s pure enjoyment at seeing their hero onstage. I’ve just finished shooting crowds at the Black Eyed Peas gig at The O2. They were in absolute rapture throughout the night and I got some great shots. What advice would you give to any aspiring music photographers? Practise a lot. The digital camera revolution means that anyone can call themselves a music photographer, so to stand out you’re going to have to present something different –a unique and interesting perspective. There are gigs in every town across this country, so there are no excuses. Practise, practise, practise!n To check out more of Andrew’s work, visit


much more than horseplay Ever dreamt of owning your own racehorse? Come and find out more at our exclusive event. EXCLUSIVE EVENT: 28 JULY, 2010 To give readers the chance to experience the thrill of horseracing, we have teamed up with Racing for Change, Sandown Park and Champagne Lanson, to offer a VIP experience at the races on the evening of Wednesday 28 July 2010.

Imagine the buzz of the crowd, people patting you on the back, as you make your way into the winners’ enclosure with your horse at your side, you punch the air with joy, the crowd cheers and everyone around you is elated


here aren’t many greater thrills than owning a racehorse and there are various ways of getting involved, from outright ownership to sharing the cost with a group of friends or colleagues.

Racing Clubs: Experience many of the perks such as seeing your horse run and visiting its stables, yet pay a one-off annual fee and the club is managed by a racing manager.

Held in one of Sandown Park’s finest hospitality suites, you will be close to the action and all the amenities; with truly spectacular views of the racing. Tote betting is within the suite too. For just £25, the usual price of entry only to the racecourse, you’ll be treated as a VIP with a champagne reception, courtesy of Lanson, canapés, and an evening of high-quality horseracing. Channel 4 Racing’s Emma Spencer will be your glamorous host for the evening and you will be in the company of a select band of owners, jockeys and trainers, who will share their first-hand knowledge. Sandown Park is just 25 minutes from Waterloo, with fast trains every 20 minutes. So join us for an excellent evening’s racing, enjoy some fantastic hospitality and find out more about racehorse ownership. Places are strictly limited, so to guarantee your ticket to this exclusive event, visit and use the following code: SPCITY10

Leasing: Lease a horse for a season. During that time you’ll pay all the training fees but the prize money and enjoyment is all yours. Partnerships and syndicates: Share the thrills and spills of racehorse ownership. You can choose the colours that your team’s horse will run in and it’s a great way of sharing the cost. Outright ownership: Experience the complete journey, from choosing the horse to deciding who will train it, where it will run and which jockey will ride it. Best of all, you benefit solely from the prize money and the horse’s appreciating value. Win or lose, horseracing is a great day out, so if you’re interested in finding out more about racing and ownership, head to this exclusive event at Sandown Park.

The offer closes at 4pm, Monday 26 July 2010 Channel 4 Racing’s Emma Spencer


Woohoo! Finally it’s the summer holidays! But before you pack everything but the kitchen sink, celebrity stylist, CLARE WATSON says spare a thought on those summer essentials – versatile items will save on suitcase space as well as arm ache, leaving you to zip around the airport in style!

Statement Necklace


Vamp up your bikini or maxi with a bold tribal-inspired necklace that fills an open neckline with bright jewel colours – perfect for enhancing sun-kissed skin!

Look hot but still stay cool with a wide-brimmed ‘70s hat. Not only will it add a sultry touch of Joan Collins style to your get-up, but will also avoid the horrid sunstroke and the even worse lobster face!

Tribal necklace, £100 by Freedom at Topshop

Water Resistant Time Zone Watch

Straw trilby, £18 by Littlewoods


Keep track of time home and away, whilst on the beach or in the sea with this cool, water-resistant watch.

Go retro in a ‘50s-style halterneck bikini, which is far more flattering for any shape or size. Plus its ample coverage avoids looking inappropriate as you pop to the beach bar!

Water-resistant watch, £189 by Rotary

Chino Trousers

Bikini top, £8 and bottoms, £6 by Be Beau at Matalan

Classic trousers in a light neutral colour are a musthave suitcase item for showing off a deep tan and smartening up a t-shirt for the evening.

Chinos, £55 by French Connection

Maxi Dress Sightseeing or leisurely meal, the maxi dress is not only the biggest fashion statement of 2010, but is also the most versatile holiday dress for any destination and occasion.

Swimming Shorts

Maxi dress, £20 by BooHoo

Be a bit daring in a pair of bright, patterned swimming shorts, whilst you splash about and soak up the rays.

Printed swim shorts, £25 by Asos

Gladiator Sandals

White Shirt Shake up your holiday dress sense with some French Riviera style in this smart, crisp and cool white shirt that can be worn tucked in or out.

Shirt, £22 by Burton

Pretty, flat, metallic gladiators will glam up the simplest of outfits, and are perfect for standing in all night as you party away until dawn!

Gold gladiator sandals, £54.99 by Schuh

Deck Shoes Get in touch with your feminine side (and show off your tan) with a pair of pale pink deck shoes that will smarten up any outfit for the evening.

Shoes, £39.50 by M&S If you would like to find out more styling tips and advice from Clare, visit




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Natural Beauty Stay gorgeous this summer with some fabulous eco-friendly, allnatural make-up. Great for not only protecting your skin, but also for protecting the environment... 1. Living Nature Foundation With planet-loving packaging and natural ingredients, Living Nature has created a light foundation that will leave skin soft and flawless.


2. Colour Supplements by Lush Cover up the odd blemish or create the perfect foundation with Lush’s new Colour Supplements – it’ll leave your skin glowing with radiance.


3. NATorigin’s Pencil Eyeliner The first products to be Vegetarian Society-approved, they’re available in black, brown, blue and green and made from 100 per cent naturally sourced ingredients.


4. Buxom Lip Polish This pout-perfecting lip gloss, infused with pure bareMinerals, gives fuller lips and a gorgeous shine, without that sticky feeling.

£17.00, www.

5. Lily Lolo Mineral Eyeshadow



Free from harsh chemicals and with a natural formula, the Lily Lolo eye shadows come in a range of colours to create beautiful eyes.



6. First Light Liplove


Free from preservatives and artificial dyes, these luscious lip colours will leave your lips feeling silky smooth all day long.

£8.99, www.


7. SoOrganic Bronzing Powder Give yourself a sun-kissed look with this eco-friendly, natural bronzing powder, which uses plant extracts to help achieve the perfect glow.



8. Earth’s Beauty Natural Mascara Perfect for sensitive eyes, this mascara is made with all natural ingredients to give you a fab lash-building look.


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their Kylie The pint-sized pop star is notorious for her image reinventions, and so to mark the release of her latest album, Aphrodite, Kylie Minogue does it again with her sexiest look to date, proving she still reigns as the Princess of Pop. Here’s all you need to copy her funky new look!



Body Con 1 Dress


A far cry from her ‘80s look first time round, fast forward 20 years and her dress is tighter, shorter, sexier and guaranteed to raise a few men’s pulses. Wriggle yourself into this number and get set to turn a few heads!

When we all thought that Kylie would go no shorter than her teeny-weeny iconic hot pants, she proves us wrong again by sporting a slinky pair of string bikini bottoms. If you are brave enough to bare all, then these should make you look very perky!

Dress, £32 by Miss Selfridge

Bikini bottoms, £20 by French Connection

2 ‘80s Top

5 Statement Jacket

A fan of all clothes fitted, Kylie continues her ‘80s throwback fashion with graphic printed vests. Ruched up and worn as a top or pulled down and worn as short dress, this multipurpose item is perfect for a night out clubbing.


Printed vest, £18 by Asos


4 Bikini Bottoms


Cutout Swimsuit

There is no mistaking that plenty of celebs have gone ‘Gaga’ over swimsuits this summer, including KM. Join the cult club in this super- sexy cutout design.

With so much flesh exposed, it is only right to cover up slightly! However, make a statement like Kylie and add some bling with this twinkling, sequinned, cropped jacket.

Jacket, £90 by Florence and Fred Couture at Tesco

6 Cage Boots

Being so tiny, Kylie is never seen without sporting a pair of skyscrapers. Go big, go bold and put your best foot forward!

Cage boots, £70 by Yogo Ego

Swimsuit, £26 by Jane Norman




Great Outdoors

Summer is in full swing, so get outside and enjoy the sunshine with the whole family! At the beach or in the garden, we’ve put together a selection of fresh and funky toys to keep the little ones entertained until the sun goes down Cozy Coupe® 30th Anniversary Edition For 30 years children have been taking adventure and imagination on the road with one of the original ride-on toys – the Cozy Coupe®. Now this classic, kid-powered car has a whole new look with removable floor and a handle on the back for push rides by parents.

Checker Bat and Tailball Set Enjoy hours of fun with this Checker Bat and Tailball set. It comes with a unique streamlined ball and tail, which enables a smoother flight. It’s easy to take everywhere you go, and great for improving hand-to-eye coordination.


Gas n Go Mower Kids just fill up this lawn mower using the can and removable gas tap, and with a gentle push the engine sounds begin. Colourful beads pop and the engine top spins as your little one “mows” the garden for you!



My First Scooter This brightly coloured scooter is an ideal first scooter for kids. A chunky design in both blue and green, it can be changed from 4 wheels to 3 and then to 2 as the child grows and develops balance and coordination.


Hello Kitty Sleeping Bag Set up camp in the garden and stay snug all night with this lovely Hello Kitty Sleeping Bag. The stylish pink shell and fleece lining will make your little one never want to go back indoors.


In The Night Garden My First Combo Ideal for outdoor adventures, this pop-up tent and tunnel features all your favourite characters from the show. Just the right size for younger ones, it’s compact and easy to store, and the tent and tunnel can be used separately or together.

£23.97, 2

Music Zone This month we are listening to...

Kylie Minogue Aphrodite Pop superstar Kylie Minogue follows 2007’s X with a stylishly sensual array of melodies and seductive beats. Since the late 1980s, Kylie has been one of the pivotal figures in music, and her reign over dance floors across the world shows no sign of ending with this latest offering. The pulsing lead single, All The Lovers, proved that her trademark sugar-coated vocals sound as fresh as ever, which is sure to please both long-time Kylie lovers as well as newcomers. With a quirky lineup of contributors including Calvin Harris, Scissor Sisters’ Jake Shears and Keane’s Tim Rice-Oxley, Aphrodite sees Kylie back on top form.

Label: Parlophone Release Date: 5 July

Other albums out this month...

Label: Polydor Release Date: 5 July

Label: Island Release Date: 12 July

Label: Mercury Release Date: 2 aug

Enrique Iglesias Euphoria

Bombay Bicycle Club Flaws

Arcade Fire The Suburbs

He’s sold more than 60 million records worldwide since launching his music career in 1995, but Latino heartthrob Enrique Iglesias is back with his ninth studio album. Half the tracks on Euphoria are in English, the other half in Spanish. First English single, I Like It, features Lionel Richie reprising the chorus of his 1983 hit All Night Long. Other guests include Akon, Nicole Scherzinger and Puerto Rican reggaeton duo, Wisin and Yandel.

Recorded just days after the band put the finishing touches to debut LP, I Had The Blues but I Shook Them Loose, acclaimed indie rockers Bombay Bicycle Club present this new acoustic album. Neill MacColl (guitarist Jamie’s dad) produced a handful of the 11 tracks, but the rest of Flaws was recorded in singer Jack Steadman’s bedroom and produced by Jack himself.

The highly anticipated third album by indie rock collective Arcade Fire, fronted by husband and wife duo Win Butler and Régine Chassagne. Like 2007’s Neon Bible, The Suburbs was produced by the group in collaboration with Markus Dravs (Coldplay/Bjork), and was written and recorded over two years in Montreal and New York. The multi-instrumentalists are set to première new tracks at their festival performances over the summer.


Game zone Set in the dying days of the American Wild West, Red Dead Redemption is an epic battle for survival in a beautiful open world, as Ryan Cope finds out Living in the Wild West of America during 1911, John Marston is one roughneck battle-hardened, tough son-of-a-gun, who’s spent his life murdering and pillaging. Times change though, and he’s given up his past and gone straight in search of redemption. However, when federal agents track him down and force him to go in search of his old gang members, Marston must prepare himself once again to face the wild and bloody nature of the West. Created by the legendary developers Rockstar, the name behind the hugely popular Grand Theft Auto IV, Red Dead Redemption puts you into the boots of slick gunslinger John Marston, and allows you free roam of the huge, fabricated state of New Austin. Not only is the story engaging and wonderfully woven together, but the characters are also memorable, realistic and have very impressive voice acting and scripting. The graphics are beautiful and accurate, while the sound effects and music are fitting and immerse you in the world of the Wild West. The gameplay has built and improved upon that of GTA IV. The shooting mechanics are much more slick and accurate, as is the cover system, and the inclusion of the new ‘dead eye’ mode (which allows you to slow down time and shoot specific parts of an enemy) makes gameplay more exciting and variant. Just like any Rockstar game, following the main story isn’t the only fun you can have. There are plenty of side quests, leisure activities and casual exploring to be done. However, the mini games are fewer than those seen in the previous GTA IV, but still bring their own style of enjoyment. Treasure hunting, poker, blackjack, animal hunting (you can skin the pelts and sell them for money), and bounty hunting are just a few. One of the greatest features of Red Dead is the random events creator. While riding through the vast and huge land that is open to you, certain problems will randomly happen. These will vary from a wagon being held up by bandits, to someone’s horse being stolen, or a helpless traveller being chased by wolves. These events, which you can choose to intervene upon in whatever way you like, give the game and the land a

feeling of realism, making it a living, breathing world. Overall, Red Dead Redemption is the crown jewel of Rockstar. With a story, world and characters that capture your imagination, heart and attention throughout, it is truly a wonderful experience.

10/10 Available on Playstation 3, XBOX 360


DVD zone DVD of the month The Blind Side

Certificate: 12 Release Date: 9 Aug director: John Lee Hancock

This acclaimed film is based on the true story of NFL Football star Michael Oher (Quinton Aaron). The teenage Michael is surviving on his own, virtually homeless, until Leigh Anne Tuohy (Sandra Bullock) spots him on the street. Learning that the young man is one of her daughter’s classmates, Leigh Anne insists that Michael, wearing shorts and a t-shirt in the dead of winter, come out of the cold. Without a moment’s hesitation, she invites him to stay at the Tuohy home for the night. What starts out as a gesture of kindness turns into something more as Michael becomes part of the Tuohy family, despite the differences in their backgrounds. Living in his new environment, the teen faces a completely different set of challenges to overcome. And as the family helps Michael fulfill his potential, both on and off the football field, Michael’s presence in the Tuohys’ lives leads them to some insightful self-discoveries of their own.

Other DVDs out this month...

Certificate: U Release Date: 19 July director: Susanna White

Nanny McPhee & The Big Bang Oscar-winning actress and screenwriter Emma Thompson returns to the role of the magical nanny, who appears when she’s needed the most and wanted the least in the next chapter of the hilarious and heart-warming fable that has enchanted children around the world. Nanny McPhee appears at the door of a young mother, Mrs Isabel Green (Maggie Gyllenhaal), who is trying to run the family farm while her husband is away at war. But Nanny McPhee discovers that Mrs Green’s children are fighting a war of their own against two spoiled city cousins who have just moved in and refuse to leave.

Certificate: 12 Release Date: 16 Aug director: Derrick Borte

The Joneses Kate Jones (Demi Moore) is the ultimate trendsetter – beautiful, sexy, dressed head-to-toe in designer labels. Her husband Steve (David Duchovny) is the admired successful businessman who has it all: a gorgeous wife, big house and an endless supply of hightech toys. Their children Jenn and Mick rule their new school as they embody all that is hip and trendy – cool clothes, fast cars and the latest gadgets. But as their friends and neighbours try to keep up with the Joneses, none are prepared for the dark truth about this all-too-perfect family.

Certificate: 15 Release Date: 2 Aug directors: Glenn Ficarra, John Requa

I Love You Phillip Morris Steven Russell (Jim Carrey) leads a seemingly average life – an organ player in the local church, happily married to Debbie (Leslie Mann), and a member of the local police force. That is, until he has a severe car accident that leads him to the ultimate epiphany: he’s gay and he’s going to live life to the fullest – even if he has to break the law to do it. Steven turns to cons and fraud to make ends meet and is sent to the State Penitentiary, where he falls in love with a sensitive, softly spoken man named Phillip Morris (Ewan McGregor).



We take a look at the latest film releases

Certificate: 12A Release Date: 9 July director: dAVID sLADE

Certificate: u Release Date: 26 jUNE director: mIKE mITCHELL

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

Shrek Forever After 3D

Bella (Kristen Stewart) once again finds herself surrounded by danger as Seattle is ravaged by a string of mysterious killings and a malicious vampire continues her quest for revenge. In the midst of it all, she is forced to choose between her love for Edward (Robert Pattinson) and her friendship with Jacob (Taylor Lautner) - knowing that her decision has the potential to ignite the struggle between vampire and werewolf. With her graduation quickly approaching, Bella is soon confronted with the most important decision of her life.

A bored and domesticated Shrek (Mike Myers) makes a pact with Rumpelstiltskin (Walt Dohrn) to get back to feeling like a real ogre again, but when he’s duped and sent to a twisted version of Far Far Away where Rumpelstiltskin is king, ogres are hunted, and he and Fiona (Cameron Diaz) have never met, he sets out to restore his world and reclaim his true love.

Certificate: u Release Date: 16 jULY director: JAMES MANGOLD

Certificate: TBC Release Date: 6 AUG director: jON CHU

Knight And Day

Step Up 3D

Lonely lady June (Cameron Diaz) is trying to find happiness in her personal life. When she accepts a date with potential love match Milner (Tom Cruise), her life is instantly turned upside down. Milner is actually a spy and June is dragged into a glamorous and deadly adventure, where nothing and no one - even the now fugitive couple - are what they seem. Amid shifting alliances and unexpected betrayals, they race across the globe, with their survival ultimately hinging on the battle of truth vs. trust.

New York’s intense street dancing underground comes alive in eye-popping Digital 3D in the third installment of the Step Up franchise as the raw, passion-fueled culture goes global. A tight-knit group of street dancers team up with an NYU freshman, and find themselves pitted against the world’s best break dancers in a high-stakes showdown that will change their lives forever.


Certificate: TBC Release Date: 16 July director: Christopher Nolan

Inception Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) is a skilled thief, the best in the dangerous art of extraction, stealing valuable secrets from deep within the subconscious during the dream state, when the mind is at its most vulnerable. Cobb’s rare ability has made him a coveted player in this treacherous new world of corporate espionage, but it has also made him an international fugitive and cost him everything he has ever loved. To get back his old life he must accomplish inception; this time not to steal an idea, but to plant one.

Certificate: TBC Release Date: 28 jULY director: Joe Carnahan

The A-Team In 1972 a crack commando unit was sent to prison by a military court for a crime they didn’t commit. These men promptly escaped from a maximum security stockade to the Los Angeles underground. Today, still wanted by the government, they survive as soldiers of fortune. Going “rogue”, they utilise their unique talents to try and clear their names and find the culprit. If you have a problem – if no one else can help, and if you can find them – maybe you can hire the A-Team!

Certificate: tbc Release Date: 16 jUly director: Harald Zwart

The Karate Kid 12-year-old Dre Parker (Jaden Smith) could have been the most popular kid in Detroit, but his mother’s career move has landed him in China. Dre immediately falls for his classmate Mei Ying, but his feelings make an enemy of the class bully, Cheng. In the land of kung fu, Dre knows only a little karate, and Cheng puts “the karate kid” on the floor with ease. He turns to maintenance man Mr Han (Jackie Chan) who is secretly a master of kung fu. As Han teaches Dre that kung fu is about maturity and calm, Dre realises that facing down the bullies will be the fight of his life.

Certificate: TBC Release Date: 30 JULY director: Brad Peyton

Cats and Dogs: Revenge of Kitty Galore In the age-old battle between cats and dogs, one crazed feline has taken things a paw too far. Kitty Galore (Bette Midler), formerly an agent for cat spy organisation MEOWS, has gone rogue and hatched a diabolical plan not only to bring her canine enemies to heel, but take down her former kitty comrades. Faced with this unprecedented threat, cats and dogs will be forced to join forces for the first time in history 1in an unlikely alliance to save themselves – and us humans.





he first lucky winner will receive the In The Night Garden Cosy Chair, Go Glow Light and My First ReadyBed and three runners-up will each receive a fun In The Night Garden Ninky Nonk pop up play set. The inflatable Cosy Chair is comfy and fun and with a machine washable cover, spills aren’t a problem as it’s easy to keep the seat fresh and clean. The adored Go Glow Light provides the security of a night light from bedtime ‘til morning. The top section can also be picked up and carried around to provide torchlight - perfect for little ones who


occasionally wander in the night or need to get up to visit the loo! The much loved My First ReadyBed for toddlers is perfect for sleepovers. It features a built-in inflatable headboard and air bumpers down the side for added security so little ones can’t roll out! Three runners up will win the adorable In the Night Garden Ninky Nonk Play Set, which can be used as four separate tents or put together for great active fun. Suitable for indoor and outdoor use, the Play Set pops up easily so little ones can start having fun with their favourite characters, Igglepiggle, Upsy Daisy and friends, in no time.





usic fans can enjoy a brand-new show celebrating 40 years of ABBA hits when the original ABBA concert show Thank You for the Music comes to town. Now in its 17th year, Thank You for the Music has entertained the nation for even longer than Bjorn, Agnetha, Benny and Frida did during the 70s and 80s! To celebrate ABBA’s 40th anniversary, a completely new Thank You for the Music show takes to the road in 2010, starring: ABBA Magic – performing millionsellers including Mamma Mia, Dancing Queen, Super Trouper, Waterloo and Winner Takes it All Bee Gees Magic – performing

number one hits like Stayin’ Alive, Massachusetts, Night Fever, How Deep is Your Love and million-sellers penned by the Bee Gees for other artists including Islands in the Stream, Heartbreaker and Chain Reaction. All new dazzling dance routines and glittering costumes combine with a completely rejuvenated set list! We’ve teamed up with the promoters of Thank You For The Music to give one lucky reader the chance to introduce the show at the indigO2 on 24 September. The first entry drawn will also get to meet the cast backstage, plus a pair of tickets to see the production. One runner up will receive a pair of tickets to see the spectacular Thank You For the Music.

For your chance to win, visit Closing Date: 31 August. Prizes will go to the first entry drawn. There is no cash alternative. Editor’s decision is final. 2




iven that the catering in most British music venues is limited to warm beer, limp hot dogs and two varieties of peanuts (if you’re lucky), you’ll be knocked sideways at the sheer availability and choice on offer at The O2. The world

is your oyster... or indeed your chicken Caesar Salad, or your rib-eye steak, or your Thai green curry, or your flame grilled burger, or... you get the picture. Whatever your culinary leanings, here’s our look at the bars and restaurants on Entertainment Avenue at The O2’s.





Entertainment Avenue’s answer to authentic Thai cuisine at a feelgood price – Thai Silk’s Signature Lunch at just £5.95, and Early Bird Special for only £7.95 – combines the deliciously appetising elements of Thai food with warm and efficient customer service.

This exclusive sanctuary is spread over three floors and features a cocktail lounge with a luxurious sunken seating area, a restaurant adjoined by a sumptuous balcony lounge overlooking the bustling crowds entering the arena.

Freshly handmade Classic and Romana pizzas prepared in an open kitchen, served with a cold beer, glass of good wine or a variety of soft drinks – it has to be Pizza Express.

A traditional British café serving hearty portions of your favourite comfort food ‘just like grandma used to make!’ at very affordable prices. They open at 9am, so you can have an early morning mug of tea or a full English to set you up for the day.





The fabulous new Union Square – boasting the most extensive wine list anywhere in The O2 – will definitely fit the bill. The menu offers delicious homemade burgers, scrumptious steaks and irresistible desserts like Knickerbocker Glory.

A truly great name in British and world cuisine. Founded in London’s West End in 1979, Garfunkel’s has become a legendary eatery. It embraces the concept of being all things to all people, and epitomises all that is great in the world of food.

Come in and enjoy this fabulous bar in Entertainment Avenue at The O2. Whether you are here for a concert, seeing a film, or you just want a drink, the tasty menu has all your gastronomic needs fully covered.

Everything at Rodizio Rico is expertly grilled to keep it succulent and full of flavour. If you have a preference for how your meat is cooked, just let one of the passadors know and they will offer you cuts from either the outside of the skewer so it’s well done, or from the centre if you prefer your meat rare.






For the best in Japanese cuisine, come to Wasabi and enjoy the wide range of fresh, high-quality sushi and hot dishes available. The double-decker conveyor belt gives customers the choice of fresh, hot steamed dim sum, tempura and Japanese noodle and rice dishes.

Combining the best of classic American and Italian in both décor and cuisine, Frankie and Benny’s serve superb pizza, pasta, steaks, grilled sandwiches and American pancakes for brunch. Their breakfast menu tastes even better with the 2 for £10 promotion.

The Inc Club is a cut above the rest, with regular nights featuring top promoters such as Poshfunk, Rampage and Allure. Their aim is to keep things classy with a lush VIP section, beautifully upholstered seating and a hot dance floor.

Fancy a classic cappuccino or smooth latte before a show? Then step into Starbucks, where an incredible array of the finest, handcrafted coffee and espresso drinks are waiting to invigorate and unwind.





Situated in the entrance to the left of the arena, this spacious and stunningly designed venue prides itself on serving the best US cuisine this side of the pond, with a menu that captures every flavour, from New York Strip Steak to Grilled Alaskan Salmon.

Water Margin is a stylish oriental restaurant that incorporates two types of dining under one roof, each at an affordable price. Upstairs is the renowned, fixedprice buffet restaurant, which offers a choice of more than 30 dishes at lunchtime and 60 in the evening.

Zizzi loves simple Italian cookery - pizza, pasta, salads, risotto, carne, pesce (that’s meat and fish) cooked in the authentic Italian style. Using only the freshest, in season ingredients, signature dishes have become much-loved classics, and they’re always dreaming up new ones.

Nando’s speciality is succulent, Portuguese, flame-grilled PeriPeri chicken served in a fun, relaxed atmosphere. Marinated for 24 hours in the natural sauce, come and satisfy your burning desire for spicy chicken!




A family restaurant specialising in ribs, burgers and steak. For the non-carnivore, great vegetarian options are available. The spacious seating and children’s activity area means you can relax while the kids having fun in a safe environment.

Authentic South American dishes cooked fresh to order with plenty of Latin passion, from Mexican street food to Brazilian classics. Las Iguanas also offers a lively bar serving up a great cocktail selection.

The casual dining restaurant, Ha Ha is where skilled chefs cook your order to perfection, on a sizzling open grill. Their wine, beer and cocktail lists are equally extensive, making it also a great venue to enjoy a drink both before and after the show.

Make your music work

BA (Hons) Music Production for Media £8,000 Scholarships available At Ravensbourne, right on the doorstep of The O2, you will learn to write music for a range of media, how to make the most of new and emerging technologies, and how to understand the music needs of various industries including television, radio, gaming and web-based technologies. You will also learn how to protect your music across all media. You’ll leave the course with the skills to become a creative entrepreneur prepared to make your music work for you. Validated by City University, London

Ravensbourne... is supporting young and emerging artists when they need it most - at the start of their music careers.

- Robert Plant, lead singer of Led Zeppelin

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Andre Rieu The O2 arena

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Russell Peters The O2 arena

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Russell Peters The O2 arena Thank You For The Music 2010 indigO2

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In The Night Garden Live Meridian Gardens

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September Saturday 4th Eddie Kadi The O2 arena An Audience with Eddie Kadi After-show Party indigO2

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Supertramp The O2 arena

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