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The whole family can explore, play, sing and dance their way through sixty years of music history at the British Music Experience – Britain’s interactive museum of popular music. Using state of the art technology, decades of iconic memorabilia are brought to life, learn to play instruments, or record your vocals, saving it all to your unique hi-tech Smarticket.
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Welcome to the Innovation Station. Explore, play and learn about the future of personal transport. There’s something for everyone in this highly engaging and entertaining space, from interactive fields of LED light, to electric vehicle drive simulators, and everything in between. Open from mid-September 2010 – free admission.
The red carpet’s laid out for you and your friends at Sky Backstage – our exclusive bar area for Sky customers situated right behind the arena stage. Get snapped by the paparazzi, see yourself in 3D or simply relax. Plus be transported into our world of 3D at Sky Gallery in the main entrance. Sky Gallery open everyday, Sky Backstage event nights only.
O2 Fan Space – Style your phone, watch the latest music videos, or just chill. O2 Studio – Ever wanted to be number one? Make your own music video or send a video postcard and we’ll email it to you (or text it if you prefer, which costs the same as receiving a video message). Then you can release it to the world.
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The countdown to Christmas has begun and there’s a stunning selection of worldclass music and entertainment at The O2 for you and the whole family to enjoy.
11 JLS The UK’s number 1 boyband JLS have come a long way from The X Factor and are set to shine at The O2
We chat to JLS about fame, fans and what’s in store for their four dates at The O2 across December and January. Grammy winners Taylor Swift and Usher bring some all-star American talent to The O2, while Strictly Come Dancing and Russell Howard bring stars from the small screen. We also look ahead to the high-octane action of Gaucho Polo, and catch up with the NBA teams set to make history in March. So kick back, relax and get the Christmas party started at The O2! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, Venue and The O2 team
11 Features 14 Taylor Swift The Grammy-winning songstress has The O2 in her sights
15 All You Want For Christmas A look at what The O2 has to offer this Christmas 16 Smooth Operator Back from a six-year hiatus, Usher arrives hotter than ever
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Art rock legends Roxy Music return for a rocking finale
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The caped crusader makes his stage début in this electrifying new show 25 Dazzle on The Dance floor It’s 10s all round when Strictly Come Dancing jives into The O2 for four shows
Regulars 8 The O2 News All the latest from the world’s greatest entertainment venue 29 BME
34 Style Spy
The world-class exhibition gets bigger and better in 2011
The hottest trends for the Christmas party season
33 Steal Their Style
19 Batman Stage Show
Get the street-style swagger of JLS
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Hi there to all at The O2,
I’ve recently heard that you are hosting the “Titanic” exhibition. I am just wondering when is the best time to come along? I am hoping to attend with my family.
I’m planning a visit to London and a trip to The O2 next month. I’d love to take some photographs of the building while I’m there – will this be possible? I know some venues have strict photography policies.
I’ve been looking on the British Music Experience website at all the great events coming up. I would love to make sure I get to hear about them and can get access to tickets. How can I go about this?
I’m coming to a show at The O2 in December and am going to get to North Greenwich via the Thames Clippers boat service. I’m a little bit confused, though, about what boat service is available after a show.
Dear Mrs Periwinkle
Whilst you are visiting, you can use regular digital cameras to take pictures of the outer building, Entertainment Avenue and shows inside the arena – ones that can generally fit in your pocket are fine. However, we are unable to allow professional cameras or recording equipment into the building or into the arena. Hope you enjoy your trip!
Membership to the British Music Experience could be what you’re looking for! As well as getting preferred ticketing for the events held at the museum, membership will allow you unlimited entry for a year on top of other exclusive member benefits. For more information, please visit www.britishmusicexperience.com.
On event nights The O2 Express leaves North Greenwich pier 15 minutes after the show ends and calls directly at Canary Wharf, London Bridge and London Eye piers, so you’ll be back in central London in no time! Boats continue to leave the pier every 15 minutes after that, including stopping services calling at other Westbound piers on request.You can even enjoy a post-show drink on board. Have a great night!
Regards, Jane Morris Dear Jane, Titanic: The Artefact Exhibition is presently being held at The O2 bubble. The exhibition is open 7 days a week from 11am, though the closing time can vary depending on the day. The exhibition is very busy, particularly at weekends. For more information and to pre-book your tickets in a designated half-hour timeslot, please visit the website at www.titaniclondon.co.uk. Thanks The O2 Team
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When Simply Red take to The O2 stage for their farewell tour on 8 December, Zizzi restaurant in Entertainment Avenue will be fundraising throughout the night for the Joshua Orphan and Community Care in Malawi. Managers and chefs have volunteered to work the shift for free, with Zizzi agreeing that all money that would have been spent on labour on the night instead being donated to out the on charity. Allthe tipsprestigious on the night will also be donated. The O2 came top in London Lifestyle Awards Zizzi Operations Manager Ruairidh Kerr said, “The Joshua Orphan and on 7 October, winning London Live Music Venue of the Year. Sally Community Care isDirector a smallat Malawi-based charity, in 1998. theestablished award presented byThey support Davies, Event The O2, collected community-driven development projects to assist the local orphans and View London. sustainable Famous faces, the press and London’s influential elite vulnerable children. It’s a well-run where are very low, so the attended the inaugural awardscharity ceremony in overheads their best frocks and suits money raised goes directly to help the local community.” at the glamorous Riverbank Park Plaza to celebrate the capital city. Ruairidh be climbing Mount for the "You Jasonwill Gale, a member of theKilimanjaro judging panel andcharity creatorinofFebruary. the can pop over to the restaurant for dinner and see the guys at work. If you London Lifestyle Awards said “The O2 is constantly pushing boundarieswant to avoidand theimpressing queues, come after 8pm!” Londoners and visitors to London. The O2 is a true
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JLS, or Jack The Lad Swing, to use their unabbreviated moniker, have rocketed to fame in just two short years with a string of awards, sell-out concerts and a quadruple platinum album to their name. Not bad for runners up on a reality TV show! Oliver Balcazar chats with four of the nicest lads in pop to find out what’s in store for their first ever arena tour... Talk me through the creative process for your album Outta This World. How much of it did you write yourself? Oristé: We’ve been writing a lot, from the first album all the way through to the second album, we’ve written 13 out of 14 tracks, apart from The Club Is Alive. The creative process for us is one of the most fun and exciting times – songs are a great outlet, to have the opportunity to get things off your chest like that. We wrote about 60 songs, which is about
five albums’ worth, so it was very hard to select what we wanted, but once we got a feel of the direction we wanted to take it, we got our 14 songs and we’re really, really excited. How did you whittle them down? Oristé: We wanted to give a very complete sound; for the content to be right. This album is a lot more diverse than the last one. If you like your house music, your pop music, your R&B music, there’s something on this album
for everybody and with it I hope that we’ll attract more music listeners from across the board. What inspired you during the writing of your album; were you listening to anything in particular? JB: We draw our inspiration from all sorts of places, but that’s the beauty of working with all sorts of producers because they all come up with different styles and have different musical minds. Oristé: Lyrically, it’s all old relationships, former girlfriends, family, life experiences, even TV programmes and movies… What sort of TV shows? Neighbours? JB: Ha ha ha ha…no. We had a song called We Rock The Night, right? And we kind of had an Entourage vibe, us driving down Sunset [Boulevard], going out to clubs and stuff like that. We name check The Mondrian, The Sky Bar, The W… Marvin: We’re not sure that will ever get released though… Aston: Not that we know what we’re talking about, of course! Ha ha ha.
What does Outta This World mean? Marvin: The actual song itself is about a girl who is out of this world. She could be from another planet, she could be from the sun, she could be from somewhere other than earth, you know? JB: I’m laughing ‘cause I wish she was here so you could meet her, but the sentiment is right. Marvin: The title of the album means something different – that’s Outta This World as in, where did we get this album from? You know? Did we pull it straight from Mars? So it has two different meanings – we didn’t name the album after an individual girl! From starting on The X Factor in 2008, the last two years must have been a crash course in the music industry? Aston: The whole of X Factor was the biggest learning experience; it really is like a boot camp over a six-month period. It’s very intense! JB: I think we saw X Factor from the underdog perspective though. After it finished, we had a lot more time to set the album up how we wanted to. Marvin used to be in a group before and he know the ropes. A lot of it is common sense – the music industry
isn’t rocket science! There are ins and outs that you learn everyday, right up until the day you retire. Marvin: For me, you learn so quickly and so fast from the music industry and you have to grasp as much knowledge as you can, hold it, bottle it up and just carry it through; how ruthless it can be and how much hard work it is, but the pluses make it all worth it. The X Factor is a fast track to everything, like an apprenticeship – you learn two years of industry in six months. The amount of stuff you go through is mindblowing, even more so now that two years later. Do you ever worry about your credibility because you came from a reality TV show? JB: If the public felt we weren’t authentic they wouldn’t have bought our singles. You can’t fool people these days. People like Dame Judi Dench wouldn’t be supporting us and Taio Cruz wouldn’t be wanting to work with us. These are artists who have come through the traditional way, and if they didn’t think we were credible they wouldn’t show us any love. If you could put together a boy band supergroup, who would be in it and why?
Oristé: Erm, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Prince… Aston: Sammy Davis Junior and Frank Sinatra… Marvin: Oh, Elvis can be in it as well… JB: Yeah, Elvis can be in it. Six pieces…do you need to ask why? Ha ha ha. What can fans expect from your four shows at The O2? Aston: Expect the unexpected. This show is going to floor everyone. The production especially has evolved so much since our performances on the X Factor Tour. There’s stunts, massive special effects. Look out for the fire! Oristé: It’s taking JLS to a whole new level. It’s a lot more theatrical. Our dancing has really improved since we were trained by Brian Friedman on the X Factor, and there’s new choreography that we’ve been rehearsing for months. Marvin: Coming from Greenwich, these shows are extra-special for me obviously. All my family will be coming down, so The O2 so will really be incredible for us. When the JLS logo shines on the big screens outside, that’s when I know we’ve made it big! n
PerformanceS will be held at the o2 on 9 & 10 Dec 2010 15 & 16 JAN 2011 Tickets are available via telephone on 0844 856 0202 or visit www.theo2.co.uk/venue
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irl GWonder She’s the country-pop sensation whose deeply personal lyrics endear her to fans across the globe. Now the unstoppable Taylor Swift takes the UK by storm, with a live show at The O2
THE Performance will be held at the o2 on 30 March 2011 Tickets are available via telephone on 0844 856 0202 or visit www.theo2.co.uk/venue
aylor Swift’s Speak Now World Tour is one of the most anticipated live music experiences of 2011. The songstress’ live shows are renowned for their incredible high-energy theatrical presentation of graphics, sets and visual elements, all designed by Taylor herself. During each show, she performs hit after hit from her three albums including the chart-topping Love Story, You Belong With Me, Fifteen, and Mine. Taylor’s previous Fearless Tour in 2009/10 sold out arenas and stadiums in 88 cities across five countries and spanned four continents. “I’m so excited to go back out on tour again in 2011!” says the 20-old. “The Fearless Tour was so much fun and even more unforgettable than I ever imagined, and I can’t wait to get back out and play my new music from Speak Now! The fans have been so amazing, and I’m thrilled to play in new cities around the world and meet even more of my fans in 2011!” The Grammy-winning star has been involved in the music industry since she was 12 years old. “I would come out of Disney movies when I was four, and my parents used to get freaked out because I’d be singing
the entire soundtrack of the movie after hearing it once. I retained music more than anything else.” At nine she began theatre performances and by ten she was auditioning for Broadway shows. Then she started singing country music at festivals, fairs and karaoke contests. Her parents soon realised that her passion for music was getting serious. “All the girls at school were going to sleepovers and breaking into their parents’ liquor cabinets at the weekend, and all I wanted to do was go to festivals and sing karaoke music.” Now a four-time Grammy winner and the topselling digital artist in music history, Taylor’s had the number 1 best-selling album in any genre of music in 2009. Love Story was the sixth-highest selling digital single worldwide last year, and she also became the youngest artist in history to win the music industry’s highest honour, the Grammy for Album of the Year. Taylor writes all of her own songs and has record sales now in excess of 13 million albums and 25 million song downloads. Her performance at The O2 is set to be an extravagant visual spectacle that will delight her thousands of UK fans. n
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We take a look at what The O2 has on offer this festive period
Back for a stunning second year, Myleene Klass returns to host The O2’s Christmas Spectacular
ollowing the huge success of last year’s sensational show, TV presenter and musician Myleene Klass has announced that she will return to host Christmas Spectacular at The O2 this December. Myleene proved a massive hit presenting the show and leading the audience in the singing of old favourites during last year’s concert. “There’s always a really special feeling around Christmas time and so I’m excited to be part of this again”, said Myleene. “The atmosphere was electric and I know the Christmas spirit will be well and truly alive and kicking this year.” As announced in June, Raymond Gubbay, the classical spectacular impresario, will return to The O2 with a second awe-inspiring Christmas Spectacular. Expect a rousing night of carols, traditional tunes and some cracking Christmas number ones! Anthony Inglis will conduct the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in this Christmas extravaganza, which will
also feature X Factor’s Rhydian Roberts and Ruthie Henshall, Wynne Evans, Alison Jiear, the Royal Choral Society and Capital Voices. The concert will be all the public have come to expect of Gubbay’s productions with light displays, special effects and a dazzling indoor firework finale. “I am delighted to be returning to The O2 with my Christmas Spectacular,” said Gubbay. “Last year proved that an audience of 20,000 certainly creates an incredible atmosphere in which to celebrate Christmas – I am sure this year will be even more enchanting and impressive.” David Campbell, Chief Executive of AEG Europe, said, “Raymond Gubbay is a tour de force and I am thrilled he will be bringing his Christmas production back to The O2. The O2 has ventured into the classical sphere before with great success, and I know visitors will flock to see what is sure to be an unforgettable Christmas Spectacular.” n
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Ice zone at The O2
The perfect way to celebrate Christmas inside the world’s premier entertainment venue – a night of live music and traditional Christmas food in a festive party atmosphere at indigO2! Evening entertainment features live music from the Leo Green Experience, followed by indigO2’s resident DJ continuing the party with your favourite disco anthems into the early hours. With Leo Green, you’ll see someone who has worked with pretty much every major musical figure of the 20th and 21st centuries. Expect to hear musical classics from Rat Pack and Swing to Motown, Soul and Disco, covering everything from Frank Sinatra, Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Scissor Sisters, Marvin Gaye, Otis Redding, Duffy, Amy Winehouse, The Black Eyed Peas – the list goes on.
There’s an incredible array of activities at the ice zone to keep you and the whole family entertained this winter. Electric Karting in the Live Quarter take over the whole space when six double-seated karts on a track are positioned on the mast side for some high-octane action. The operators can even control the speed of the karts with remote control - slowing them for kids and giving adults more freedom. Visit the magical Santa’s Grotto in the Live Quarter from 7 to 24 December for a festive treat for the little ones and check out London Landmark Golf, a 9-hole golf course that features Nelson’s Column, Scotland Yard, Tower Bridge and other London landmarks.
Christmas Spectacular will be held at the o2 on 23 Dec 2010 Tickets are available via telephone on 0844 856 0202 or visit www.theo2.co.uk/venue
r o t a r e p O Smooth 2011 sees the return of multi-platinum R&B superstar Usher to the UK stage for his only London dates at The O2, and it’s been a long wait for the US heartthrob’s adoring fans, says Hayley Thorpe
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t’s little wonder that 100,000 tickets for Usher’s UK dates were sold on the first day of release after his six-year hiatus from touring the globe. Phenomenal demand from thousands of UK fans meant extra dates had to be added to his OMG Tour, totalling four incredible nights at The O2 in February. The Tennessee-born, Atlanta-raised performer, songwriter, producer, dancer, and actor started his multi-faceted career at the age of 13 and has achieved what few other contemporary entertainers have ever accomplished. Over the span of his 14-year career, he’s sold close to 26 million albums worldwide, picking up five Grammys along the way. It’s hard to believe Usher’s début album was released way back in 1994 following his first single, Think Of You. Most people will remember his second album, My Way, thanks to the sexy grooves of R&B classic You
Make Me Wanna. This was followed by 8701 in 2001, featuring hits U Remind Me and U Don’t Have To Call. But it was Usher’s unique emotional intensity and exceptional musicality, which combined on his 2004 Confessions album that truly cemented his status as the new king of R&B, selling more than 1 million copies in the first week of release. It went on to be the most successful album of 2004, selling more than 10 million copies in the US and almost 20 million copies worldwide. Confessions saw the release of chart topping hits Burn, and club anthem, Yeah. A ground-breaking performer, Usher is also keen to develop his philanthropic side. His foundation New Look was founded in 1999 and aims to help those in disadvantaged communities to use their unique talents. “By opening this door to service more young people, we’ll see they do have the power to create
change,” Usher declares. He is also an astute businessman and in 2005 became a part-owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers basketball team, where he has played an important role in building the team’s entertainment initiative. He also has a number of fragrances for men and women through a partnership with Elizabeth Arden. This year Usher returned to his original medium with his monumental seventh album Raymond Vs Raymond and deluxe edition Versus, which went into the US chart at number 1. Usher says “there’s a perception of what life might be like for someone in my position and that perception is based on the success I’ve been granted. On the other side of that is the reality, the emotions, loves and real life experiences. Life is about balance, and I find in the end that both sides come together to create a simple yet complicated individual who strives in his deeds and aspirations to make a better world along the way.” The first two tracks from the album have both been top ten hits, with DJ Got Us Falling In Love featuring Pitbull charting at number 9 in the UK, and OMG hitting the number 1 spot. The album has been described as a natural follow-up to Confessions, with Usher addressing various topics reflecting the dichotomies of life. Usher’s collaborations on the album include Jay-Z, Justin Bieber and Enrique Iglesias. Make sure you get your tickets for Usher’s unmissable performances featuring the acclaimed entertainer’s collection of hits both old and new, as he steams up The O2 roof with his trademark shirtless numbers. n
• Usher’s real name is Usher Terry Raymond IV. • He was born on 14 October 1978 in Dallas, Texas. • Usher was discovered on American TV show Star Search at 13 and signed to LaFace records that same year. • An accomplished actor, he recently starred in Killers alongside Ashton Kutcher. • He discovered Canadian pop-R&B singer Justin Bieber, whom he continues to mentor. • Justin will also visit The O2 in 2011 for three dates in March.
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Roxy Music end their first UK tour in over a decade with an epic finale at The O2
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eaturing the original line-up of Bryan Ferry, Andy Mackay, Phil Manzanera and Paul Thompson, Roxy Music’s For Your Pleasure tour coincides with the 40th anniversary of this hugely influential band. Roxy Music landed in 1971 to part bewilderment and part rapture– an intoxicating blend of fashion, romance, nostalgia and futurism with songs that were almost cinematic, set to soundscapes that stunned and perplexed. Hits like Avalon, Do The Strand, Virginia Plain, Love Is the Drug and More Than This have all become classics and sound as vital as ever some four decades on. The band were chosen by long-time fan Jonathan Ross to be his final music guest on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross in July, and also played a series of European Festivals this summer, including the UK’s Lovebox and Bestival. “It’s good to play to a mixture of people of different
age groups, fans of other bands, and all that kind of thing, so we can mix it up a bit,” said singer Bryan Ferry. “But we’ll play to our own audience in February – we’ve got a lot of music to choose from to play.” Picking up an Icon Q Music Award, Bryan Ferry joked that he won the title because he has been around for such a long time and said that, at 65, he’s working harder than ever. Famed for always having a beautiful woman on his arm, it was no surprise that he was joined by Kate Moss and his girlfriend Amanda Sheppard at the launch of his new album Olympia last week. The glam trendsetters quickly became famous in the early 70s for their outrageous costumes and quirky hits, scoring a UK number one hit with a cover of John Lennon’s Jealous Guy in 1981. Roxy Music’s comeback performance at The O2 will unite both long-time fans as well as younger admirers of the art rock kings. n
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The Dark Knight Returns
If you can’t wait for the Caped Crusader’s next big screen outing, the Dark Knight will be swooping into The O2 next summer for a new big-budget live show
or the first time in DC Comic’s history, see Batman as you’ve never seen him before in an all-new, live action arena adventure that’s set to take the world by storm. Coming to The O2 from 24 August to 4 September, Batman Live is a multimillion-pound stage production of unprecedented scale and a must-see for families and Batman fans everywhere. Written exclusively by two of the comic book world’s most highly regarded writers, the show is a theatrical extravaganza of thrilling stunts, acrobatic acts and illusions. A brand new storyline will see the dynamic duo Batman and Robin pitted against classic villains including The Joker, Penguin, Catwoman and The Riddler. With stunts, pyrotechnics, illusions and video screen sequences, the show will take place in several settings from the famed DC Comics stories, including Gotham City, Wayne Manor, the Batcave and Arkham Asylum. “When a character has as wide an audience and as rich a history as Batman, it’s truly exciting to see him introduced into an all-new storytelling medium,” says Jim Lee, co-publisher at DC Comics. “Batman Live will bring a completely new experience to fans of the character – it’s great to be able to give them something they haven’t seen before.”
However, Nick Grace of Water Lane Productions, the company behind the new show, is quick to dismiss fears that Batman Live will be in a similar vein to the kitsch TV series of the 1960s. “This is not a musical, but a highquality live show with a thrilling Batman story, filled with action, that will appeal to adults, teenagers and families.” “Batman is more than a comic book character, he’s a cultural phenomenon and we are proud to have this opportunity to be involved with one of the most popular DC superheroes in the world today.” The show will be lighter in tone and more familyfriendly than the films directed by Christopher Nolan, the most recent of which, 2008’s The Dark Knight, was the most successful superhero film ever. Executive producer Nick Grace, who conceived the show and is collaborating with Warner Brothers and DC Comics to stage it, said, “It’s very fast-moving and visually exciting. Every picture will tell you a story.” “There’s very little dialogue. It’s the perfect environment for a Batman live show. We will give people a spectacular event.” But unlike in the films, there will be no Christian Bale or George Clooney behind the Batman mask. Nick says, “The star of the show is Batman”. Get your tickets now for this unmissable visual spectacular. n
Performances will be held at the o2 on: 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29 & 31 AuG 11 1,2,3 & 4 Sept 2011 Tickets are available via telephone on 0844 856 0202 or visit www.theo2.co.uk/venue
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Easy Rider Gaucho International Arena Polo takes to the world stage with unique one-off test matches at The O2
aucho International Polo will be the ultimate celebration of polo and its growing popularity in the UK. A festival atmosphere will be generated by the multitude of world-class entertainment as well as corporate hospitality, live music, fashion shows, food and drink stalls and a retail village all under The O2â€™s iconic roof. More than 10,000 people will be cheering on a series of polo matches and a host of equestrian events throughout the evening. Arena Polo is a form of polo played on a reduced size pitch with only three people per side rather than the usual four. The result is a fast, frenetic and action-packed game that is extremely spectator-friendly, played in an intimate and exciting atmosphere where the crowd can see, hear and even smell all the action of this highly physical sport.
Gaucho International Polo really will be a showcase of all the best things that polo has to offer, and The O2 is the ideal setting for this thrilling tournament. A Thursday evening has been chosen for the event, making it the perfect destination for corporate hospitality at The O2â€™s Gaucho Restaurant and Sky Backstage Bar, as well as providing a truly special evening out for people after work. The range and quality of the entertainment also make this a great after-school event for families. The event starts at 2pm with corporate hospitality provided by Gaucho. The action kicks off at 5pm with a top-class exhibition match. Following that, there will be an international game between Scotland and South Africa (6.15pm). Next up is a short but highly entertaining celebrity polo match at 7.30pm, and the day then culminates with the Churchill Cup game
between EFG’s England and their old adversary, Camino Real’s Argentina, with the prize-giving at 8.45pm. No polo tournament is complete without a players’ after-party, and for this tournament you won’t need to go far. An exclusive 2,500-capacity clubs within The O2 is where the players will be found after the tournament, as they host an after-party suited to the grandeur of such a tournament. “Polo is growing so quickly now and the introduction of such a great tournament to the UK during the winter off-season is a welcome addition”, says Gaucho Polo International and Ralph Lauren Ambassador, Nacho Figueras. “Arena polo is such an exciting form of the game and it will be truly special to play it at such an iconic venue in front of so many supporters.” The HPA Chairman of the Arena Committee and Chairman of the International Arena Committee, captain Michael Amoore said, “The Gaucho International at The O2 will be the culmination of an incredible arena season. I’ve spent a number of weeks discussing the squads with my relevant counterparts and am pleased to have selected an England squad that will rival a strong Argentine team. Like many others in the polo community, I cannot wait to see how The O2 transforms into the host venue for the world’s first internationals in an indoor polo arena.” Representing Team Argentina alongside captain Nacho Figueras and Adolfo Casabal, we spoke to Oscar Machini, who’ll be battling for the Bryan Morrison Trophy in a gladiatorial grudge match between Argentina and England. Polo seems to be having a resurgence of interest lately in London – do you agree? Why is it becoming so popular? Polo has definitely become more popular over the last few years. Thanks to events like The Gaucho International, polo has become more accessible to the general public and has attracted a new audience to this ancient sport. I would encourage anyone who has
not ever seen or understood the game to look into it. You don’t know what you are missing out on! Are you looking forward to competing at The O2? I’m really looking forward to playing at The O2, as this will be the first time arena polo has ever been played here. I’m hoping that, with more than 10,000 people coming to the event, The O2 will be full of cheering supporters in a truly festival atmosphere. Are you expecting lots of Argentinians in the Gaucho Polo audience at The O2, or will it attract people from all nationalities? I’m hoping the Gaucho International Polo will attract lots of Argentines living over in the UK as we have some of the country’s finest players representing Argentina. However, I am also hoping the event will attract a wider audience of people who would not necessarily have watched polo before. n
THE FACTS The Gaucho Polo Official Squads Argentina: Adolfo Casabal, Nacho Figueras, Oscar Mancini, Sergio Baselli England: Tim Bown, Seb Dawnay, Jamie Morrisson, Eden Ormerod, Ryan Pemble, Tarquin Southwell, Chris Hyde Scotland: Alistair Archibald, Chris Crawford, Jamie Le Hardy, George McCorkell, Howard Smith South Africa: Brad MacGibbon, Sipho Spilsbury, Terence Spilsbury, Mark Holmes
Gaucho Polo will be held at the o2 on 24 Feb 2011 Tickets are available via telephone on 0844 856 0202 or visit www.theo2.co.uk/venue
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NBA star Devin Harris says competitive matches in England will be an unprecedented success
Games will be held at the o2 on 4 & 5 March 2011 Tickets are available via telephone on 0844 856 0202 or visit www.theo2.co.uk/venue
ew Jersey Nets guard Devin Harris will be one of the main attractions when his side play the Toronto Raptors in two NBA games in London next March. The double-header at The O2 will be the first time regular season NBA games have ever been played in Europe. But Harris believes the concept will be both popular and here to stay, like NFL games in the UK. “Every pre-season we send out six or eight teams to different countries to play abroad like Premier League teams do”, said Harris. “We will continue to do so, but I see us doing more competitive regular season games and perhaps the Premier League will do it in the US too!” “It could be like the NFL – they come back every year with different teams to get the country used to the sport, and build the fan base and globalise the game as much as possible.” “That is the direction we are going in with basketball as well. It is so different watching on TV
than it is in person. You get more excited being able to see it up close and in person, and it would probably work with the Premier League. I would definitely go to watch English top-flight football if a game was ever played in America.” The 27-year-old ace from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is looking forward to playing a meaningful match in front of passionate British fans next year. Named in the 2009 All-Star squad, Harris has already played at The O2 in a pre-season friendly against the Miami Heat in October 2008. This season, the Nets have seen some changes under new owner, Mikhail Prokhorov. He has brought in coach Avery Johnson, who guided his old team the Dallas Mavericks to the NBA Finals in 2006. The team have also added three new faces to the roster, including point guard Jordan Farmar, who joined from the LA Lakers, where he won successive NBA titles in 2009 and 2010. n
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The Good News You Want To Hear
Get ready for a night full of laughter as one of Britain’s most popular comedy talents, Russell Howard, brings his hilarious live show to The O2
L Performances will be held at the o2 on 19 & 20 Feb 2011 Tickets are available via telephone on 0844 856 0202 or visit www.theo2.co.uk/venue
aunching a topical satire programme is a notoriously hard thing to get right, yet Russell Howard’s Good News bucked the TV trend by creating an instant hit. In fact, his show is the best performing studio-based entertainment show BBC Three has ever launched, and is now in its third series. An instant hit with his innate ability to improvise on any subject, Russell first hit the spotlight when he was commissioned by BBC Radio 1 to write and perform on the comedy series, The Milk Run. Now the Bristol comedian is known to millions as a panelist on BBC Two’s Mock The Week. As an award-winning standup comedian, he makes the stage his own personal playground and thrives on spontaneous chats with his audience, leading them down a never-ending series of unstoppably comical journeys. Good News neatly mixes Howard’s stand-up routines with funny clips from the internet, quick-fire sketches and studio games to present a compelling
show that treats its audience with more intelligence than many of BBC Three’s previous satire attempts. Producing so much new comedy material week in, week out is always draining for both the star and writers, but the comic and the production team have managed to keep the enthusiasm and energy going. Onstage Russell has built a name as one of the country’s most exciting and popular comedians. His sell-out tours, Adventures (2007/8), Dingledodies (2008/9) and Big Rooms and Belly Laughs (2009) have played to hundreds of thousands of people. Dingledodies sold in excess of 125,000 tickets, including three sell-out shows. In 2011 Russell will embark on his largest tour to date, Right Here, Right Now, which comes to The O2 in February. Originally scheduled for one date, phenomenal demand led to a second date being added. With brand new material and hilarious insights, make sure you get your ticket for one of the brightest comedy talents around! n
on the dance floor Expect glittering sequin dresses and sharp tuxedos when celebrity contestants and professional dancers take to The O2 stage for the Strictly Come Dancing Live tour
ith more than 1 million tickets sold over the past three years, the hugely popular Strictly Come Dancing Live tour returns in 2011 for its fourth consecutive year, waltzing into The O2 for four January performances. This breathtaking show provides an unmissable opportunity to see your favourite celebrities and professional dancers competing for the judges’ acclaim. Audience members also have their say on which pair takes home the coveted glitter ball trophy, as the audience votes are added to the judges’ scores to select the winner at the end of each show. The eighth series of the television phenomenon is currently being broadcast on BBC1 and is attracting more than 9 million viewers a week. Previous series have all been huge ratings successes, with audiences for the series’ finales reaching more than 11 million. The television format, also known as Dancing With The Stars in the USA, entered the Guinness Book of World Records last year as the world’s most successful reality television show and has been sold by BBC Worldwide to more than 35 international broadcasters. Among the stars confirmed for the live tour are some of the contestants doing battle in the current series, including Patsy Kensit, Pamela Stephenson, Tina O’Brien and Kara Tointon. Countryfile presenter, hearthrob and series favourite Matt Baker will also star in the live show. Kara said, “I’ve been absolutely overwhelmed by the public support I’ve received. Being on Strictly has been a fantastic experience, and I just want to keep dancing
for as long as possible, which is why I’ve signed up to do a live tour. I’m really looking forward to meeting all the fans and learning some new routines.” The live show will be hosted by Zoe Ball, who came third in the TV series in 2005, and she’ll have the unenviable task of keeping the nation’s favourite judges Len Goodman, Craig Revel-Horwood and Bruno Tonioli in order! Revel-Horwood will also have responsibility for the show’s glamorous look and feel, as he takes the role of director for the first time. Hollywood actor Jimi Mistry has been added to the star-studded line-up, joining Olympic athlete and series runner-up in 2005, Colin Jackson and last year’s runnerup, actor Ricky Whittle. “Although gutted to have left the show, I am very much looking forward to starting Strictly Come Dancing Live” said Jimmy. “It will be great to learn some new routines, and maybe even add in a few of my own moves!” Patsy Kensit, a contestant in this year’s series, said “I love everything about Strictly; the dancing, the beautiful outfits, the live music, and the tour is going to be absolutely amazing – I’m so glad to be joining it. It’s going to be incredible performing each night in front of arena-sized audiences – hopefully I won’t get too nervous! I’ve been working so hard on my dancing during the TV series, so hopefully it will pay off on tour!” Set to be the biggest and best live tour to date, Strictly Come Dancing Live brings the excitement of the TV show competition to The O2 stage for a stunning live show. n
Performances will be held at the o2 on 22 & 23 Jan 2011 Tickets are available via telephone on 0844 856 0202 or visit www.theo2.co.uk/venue
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The heavenly O2 Angels make your visit to The O2 extra-special
he O2 Angels are the first faces you’ll see on arrival at The O2. These winged wonders are here to help and will go out of their way to make sure you’re completely in the know. Whether you’re looking for the perfect restaurant, the nearest cash point or latest show timings, approach an Angel with any query you may have. If you’re an O2 customer, Angels will let you know of the many fabulous perks for you and your mates, and your O2 mobile will help on your journey throughout the exclusive O2 areas. O2 Angels are bright, bubbly, with lots of smiles and personality to bring your
experience at The O2 to life. We all have experienced poor customer service before, and so Angels make sure that your visit here is an incredible event you won’t forget in a hurry. Angels are also themed to fit in with the performance you’re going to. Whether divas for Beyoncé or rock stars for Kings of Leon, keep an eye out for these heavenly humans, who promise to make your trip to The O2 extra-special. If you haven’t been able to buy a ticket to see your favourite performer, then let an O2 Angel know to see if they can offer you a Random Act of Kindness. You could soon find yourself watching from the front row! n
Our Angels come from a wide range of backgrounds, whether starring on screen or on stage in the west end. LooK out for the Angel Uniform with big wings!
About the Angels Zoe Profession: Dancer What do you do day to day? When I am not at The O2 I am auditioning and casting for TV, theatre, commercials and music videos and various dancing jobs. Why do you love being an O2 Angel? Everyone is really nice; I enjoy interacting with the public and meeting lots of different people. I love the atmosphere at The O2 and all of the visiting music fans. Tell us a secret I recently danced for Joe McElderry on X Factor, it was a great experience, Joe is lovely, the dance routine was fantastic, and I got work with some amazing people and choreographers.
Piran Profession: Musician; Drummer
What do you do day to day? Apart from being an Angel at The O2, I am also a Head Angel at O2 Academy Brixton, and these experiences have led me to consider a job in the events industry. How long have you been an O2 Angel? Since January 2008........thatâ€™s almost 3 years!
Tell us a secret I was working on O2 Studio recently and Dizzee Rascal came down and made a music video, the funniest thing was that it was to his own music video! It was a brilliant moment and he was such a great down to earth guy.
Francesca Profession: Marketing and PR What do you do day to day? I work full time for a London club arranging themed nights, club promotion and VIP guestlist. Why do you love being an O2 Angel? I love the angel team, and the fact that I can work around my current job and earn some extra money at weekends. Tell us a secret Before he headed into the jungle to be part of Iâ€™m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here I interviewed Aggro Santos whilst he was over playing at our club.
Suzie Profession: Actress What do you do day to day? Doing everything possible to become a star. Why are you an O2 Angel? I needed a job that would allow me to earn money and be flexible so that I am able to audition for roles.
Tell us a secret I was working on O2 corporate event outside The O2 wearing a sandwich board, on my break I checked my messages and had a call from my agent saying that I had landed a role in Eastenders.
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The definitive home of British music at the heart of The O2 gets bigger and better in 2011 is year saw the British Music Experience at The O2 bubble host an eclectic programme of public h events. From one-off live sessions, such as the legendary Faces reunion concert, to The Great Debate in conjunction with Music Week, the museum featured a range of inspiring figures from all sections of the music industry. The Producer Master Class series saw acclaimed music producers, including William Orbit, share their expertise to a packed exhibition room. Throughout 2011, the British Music Experience will continue where 2010 left off, and we have a look at what’s in store.
Visual Identity Series This series focuses on the iconic imagery of rock and pop music from the perspective of the artists who created it. It will explore all aspects of visual identity in music, including its impact and production. The sessions will also give guests the opportunity to engage and talk with many of the leading figures, from photographers to graphic designers who have shaped the visual landscape of music. Keep an eye out for sessions with Gered Mankowitz, David Redfern, Storm Thorgeson and Roger Dean.
Best Art Vinyl 2010 6 December to 31 January A key highlight of the Visual Identity Series is the Best Art Vinyl 2010 exhibition. The good people at Art Vinyl, alongside music industry design experts, have selected a shortlist of 50 sleeve designs for the Best Art Vinyl 2010 award that will be celebrated in exhibitions around the UK and Europe. Previous winners include Hard-Fi’s Stars of CCTV in 2005, Thom Yorke’s The Eraser in 2006, The Cribs’ Men’s Needs, Woman’s Needs, Whatever in 2007 and Muse’s psychedelic cover for The Resistance in 2009. Cast your vote for what you think is the best album cover online or in person at the British Music Experience after viewing these stunning sleeve designs.
In Conversation with Neil Innes 21 January A writer and performer best known for his collaborative work with Monty Python, industry icon and Ivor Novello winner Neil Innes is coming to the
British Music Experience in 2011. Innes has been a player with both the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band and later The Rutles. With hits such as How Sweet To Be An Idiot, The Urban Spaceman and What Noise Annoys A Noisy Oyster, he has cemented himself as one of the UK’s leading comic songwriters. Join him for an exclusive chance to hear first-hand about his career and enjoy a few songs.
Rock Journalism Iconic writers and broadcasters not only have the ability to report on current trends, but also have the foresight to shape them, whilst entertaining and informing us with scathing reviews and raucous stories. These evenings will offer an insight into the role and life of the rock journalist. Keep an eye out for our Mersey Beat special in May.
Music and Fashion We will also be delving into the world of fashion in association with Contemporary Vintage, building up to a catwalk show in August. We will look at the designers and stylists behind the scenes that have created many an artist’s signature outfit, as well as those who have shaped the wardrobe habits of fans and the public.
Fan Days Celebrate some of Britain’s best-loved musicians’ birthdays right here! For the ultimate fan day, there’s themed events and memorabilia to celebrate the rich body of work the artist has given to popular music over the course of their career.n
For more information or to book, visit www.britishmusicexperience.com
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The O2 Live Gallery lets visitors capture their live experience forever
Log on to www.facebook.com/theO2 and hit the Live Gallery tab to see everyone snapped from each performance
hether you’re at The O2 to see your favourite band or some sensational sport, every visitor to the O2 Blueroom Bar and Level 1 concourse can now pop into the O2 Live Gallery and share their incredible experience with the world. Just pose for a photo in the interactive photo booth, and O2 will send it direct to your mobile
for you to share with your friends and family. O2 gives each photo taken their own unique look and then displays it on screens for everyone to see. They also post photos on The O2’s Facebook page instantly, so music and sport fans can come together online. The Facebook page also groups photos from the same event, so it’s easier for you to share them with your friends and networks. n
their JLS JLS ooze confidence both on and off the stage. The fourpiece carry off an effortlessly casual yet sexy look using block colours and loose fitting jeans, teamed with the very latest accessories. We’ve teamed together some off the high street items so you too can look as good as these Jack-the-lads.
JLS are always sporting the latest lowslung jeans and this pair is guaranteed to get the girls swooning, creating a perfect fit that hangs loose off the leg.
A chequered shirt over a causal t-shirt is really in-keeping with the season. This red and black lumberjack shirt would look perfect over a plain white tee.
Buckley Denim Fantastic Jean, £80 by French Connection
Northcoast Red Lumberjack Shirt, £29.50 by Marks and Spencer
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JB and Marvin always look super sexy in their casual T-Shirts.
Accessories can make any outfit, and the JLS boys know how to funk up their look with stylish added extras.
Grey Mix Scarf, £4 by Primark
Sword Skull t-shirt, £8 from Matalan
Trainer Shoe, £85 by Dune
This cardie is right up the style streets of the JLS lads. Worn with jeans or casual trousers, this will have you looking fab whilst keeping you nice and snug.
Crafted Clapham II Knit, £39.99 Republic.
The boys look great when they team their trainer shoes with a pair of turned up jeans and these fit right in with their style.
Christmas is just around the corner and with the yuletide season comes endless parties that we all want to look fabulous for. From the big office party to your festive family dinner, stylist Jennifer Kyte picks the best high street pieces for every bash
Stay warm and cosy with this gorgeous cape, which will look fab with a pair of jeans
and boots. Carmel Cape, £65 by Monsoon
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This elegant dress is simple yet stylish enough for dancing the night away at this year’s
Christmas parties. Drape Front Dress, £48 by Lipsy
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This snug jacket is guaranteed to keep you looking fierce while feeling toastie. Laura Fur Coat, £120 by French Connection
These show-stopping heels will definitely get you noticed and will look great teamed with any party dress. Partytime Glitter Peep Toe Platform Shoes, £45 by ASOS.com
Boots are a definite must-have for this winter season, and these black lace-ups are
perfect for creating either a casual look with a pair of jeans, or dressed up in your favourite party dress. Joshua Knee-High Boots, £165 by Dune
Protect your ears when it’s blowing a blizzard with this funky woollen hat. Heart & Check Chunky Chullo, £18 by Accessorize
When strutting your stuff on the dance floor you need a bag that not only looks great but is also easy to carry. This sparkly number is both glamorous and affordable. Black Sequin Clutch Bag, £15 by Marks and Spencer
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Winter weather can be lethal for your skin, stripping it of moisture and causing the top layer to dehydrate. Lessen the damage by using a daily moisturiser to protect skin against the brutal elements. Here are six of our favourite moisturisers:
1 Re-Charge Black Pepper Body Hydrator
Instantly absorbed, this brings the body to life with a spicy fusion of black pepper oil. Skin is left comfortable, soothed and in great condition, with an understated warm aroma.
£17.00 for 200ml by Molton Brown www.moltonbrown.co.uk
2 Active Moist
Silk amino acids and plant extracts help to smooth and soften the skin’s texture. Natural botanical astringents of lemon, watercress, burdock and ivy help to refine the skin while soothing extracts of lavender, mallow and cucumber provide deep hydration.
£25.90 for 100ml by Dermalogica www.groomingandbeauty.com
3 Original Moisturiser
Lime, lemon and bergamot oil are some of the key ingredients packed into this moisturiser. Green tea leaf extract helps soothe and condition sensitive skin, while seaweed extract normalises your skin’s moisture and retains its natural suppleness.
£6.99 for 100ml by Bulldog www.meetthebulldog.com
4 Daily Moisture Defense Lotion
This lightweight moisturising lotion is infused with antioxidants to continuously hydrate and help protect the skin from UVA/UVB rays, smoke and pollution.
£25.99 for 50ml by LAB www.boots.com
Maximum Moisture Day Cream
Desert plants Myrothamnus and Tamarind are known for their adaptation to extreme climates while being rich in anti-oxidant power. This fresh-feeling day cream provides continuous hydration and protects against toxins.
£35.00 for 50ml by Elemis www.timetospa.co.uk
6 Double-Duty Face Moisturizer
Formulated for everyday use, this lightweight moisturiser gives lasting hydration without oiliness or heaviness. The emollient formula contains potent antioxidants and vitamins to visibly improve skin’s overall appearance, as well as helping to shield the skin from temperature changes.
£28.00 for 97ml by Jack Black www.mankind.co.uk
This month we are listening to... Nelly Furtado Best Of Label: Polydor Release Date: 29 Nov
Canadian songstress Nelly Furtado hit the spotlight in 2000 with the release of her début album Whoa Nelly!, featuring Grammy-winning single I’m Like A Bird. Since then, she’s sold more than 20 million albums worldwide. Best Of unites songs from her four studio albums with three new tracks. First single, Night Is Young, was co-written by Furtado with Salaam Remi and Staybent Krunk-A-Delic, with the latter pair producing the track. Another new song, Girlfriend, is also a collaboration with Remi, while she co-wrote the final new track, Stars, with Lester Mendez. Furtado has notched up nine UK top ten hits in a decade, with Maneater, Promiscuous and her James Morrison duet Broken Strings, all included in this formidable hit-list.
Other albums out this month...
Label: Ultra Release Date: 7 dec
Label: Jive Release Date: 13 dec
Label: xl Release Date: 24 jan
Anyone who attended a deadmau5 (Joel Zimmerman) show this year would have experienced electrifying live renderings of material from his third album. This eagerly awaited collection features tracks Cthulhu Sleeps, Some Chords and the atmospheric Raise Your Weapon, featuring Picture Book singer Greta Svabo Bech. Also included is the deadmau5 vs. Wolfgang Gartner collaboration, Animal Rights.
Ciara’s fourth album sees a return to the R&B basics of her 2004 début Goodies. Seductive lead single Ride features Ludacris and was co-written by the two of them along with Tricky Stewart and The-Dream. Ciara says, “The album is about our basic wants and desires. But I have to say, Sharon Stone in Basic Instinct was smart, a little shady, and she definitely had a sexy gangsta thing going on”.
21 is the follow-up to Adele’s acclaimed 2008 debut 19. “It’s different from 19 – it’s about the same things but in a different light” says the Grammy winner. “I deal with things differently now. I’m more patient, more honest, more forgiving and more aware of my own flaws, habits and principles – something that comes with age, I think”. The album was largely produced by Red Hot Chilli Peppers collaborator Rick Rubin.
S E M A G zone This month Ryan Cope kick-starts a revolution in Fable III and journeys to find true love in Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II When it comes to sequels, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II has more in common with Matrix Reloaded rather than The Empire Strikes Back: it’s a huge disappointment. Set many months after the first, players take control of the allpowerful, force-wielding Starkiller, the secret apprentice of Darth Vader. Having been betrayed and killed by Vader in the first game, Starkiller (a clone) sets out on a journey in search for his love Juno Eclipse, and to find out the truth about his existence. The game is extremely short, clocking in at the bare minimum of five hours, with the story quickly moving from one point to the next with no in-depth development. The voice acting is still great, however, and the characters themselves feel organic. The combat is pretty much the same, but this time players will wield dual lightsabers and a new force power or two. The Force Unleashed II feels more like expanded content for the first, rather than a fully planned sequel. It seems like LucasArts wanted to cash in on a second game, rather than continue a strong storyline and see what they could do with the force. 5/10 Available on Playstation 3, Xbox 360, PC, Wii, Ninetendo DS and iOS
FABLE III The land of Albion is under the rule of the ruthless tyrant, King Logan. The player takes on the role of his younger sibling who, dissatisfied with Logan’s reign, gathers the people together in a revolution. The game is split into two parts; the first three quarters sees the player raising an army, while the last segment focuses on the problems of ruling a kingdom (yes, you succeed in overthrowing your brother and become King or Queen – it’s no surprise). The rise of the revolution part has players doing quests and making promises to different leaders in order to gain their support, while in the ruling section players must decide to keep or break the oaths they made. Morality has a large role and there will be plenty of decisions that will have players stopping and thinking about what to do. With some wonderful voice acting from the likes of John Cleese, an epic and well-scripted story, entertaining characters and places, fresh and innovative customisation, Fable III is a perfect game for newcomers to the RPG genre as well as fans of the franchise. This is by far the best in the series. 9/10 Available on Xbox 360
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Avoid the queues and enjoy a post show drink at the bar undeniably the best way to travel home in style. Boats depart 15 minutes after the show, every 10 minutes, direct to Canary Wharf, London Bridge and the London Eye. Scheduled services also available stopping at all other major London piers. Tickets are available onboard or online by visiting
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DVD zone DVD of the month Inception Certificate: 12 Release Date: 6 dec director: Christopher Nolan
Acclaimed film maker Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight) directs an international cast in this sci-fi action thriller that travels around the globe and into the world of dreams. Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) is the best there is at extraction: stealing valuable secrets inside the subconscious during the mindâ€™s vulnerable dream state. His skill has made him a coveted player in industrial espionage, but also has made him a fugitive and cost him dearly. Now he can get a second chance if he can do the impossible: inception, planting an idea rather than stealing one. If they succeed, Cobb and his team could pull off the perfect crime. But no planning or expertise can prepare them for a dangerous enemy that seems to predict their every move.
Other DVDs out this month...
Certificate: u Release Date: 6 dec director: Mike Mitchell
Certificate: 15 Release Date: 13 dec director: Phillip Noyce
Certificate: 12 Release Date: 6 dec director: David Slade
Shrek Forever After: The Final Chapter
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
After all of his wild adventures, Shrek (voiced by Mike Myers) has finally settled down to become a domesticated family ogre. Yearning for the days when he felt like a real ogre, Shrek is duped into signing a pact with smooth-talking wheeler-dealer Rumpelstiltskin (Walt Dohrn). He immediately finds himself plunged into a twisted alternate version of Far Far Away, where ogres are hunted and Rumpelstiltskin is king.
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 ageless struggle between vampire and werewolf.
As a CIA officer, Evelyn Salt (Angelina Jolie) swore an oath to duty, honour and country. Her loyalty is tested to the limits when a defector accuses her of being a Russian spy. Salt goes on the run, using all her skills and years of experience as a covert operative to elude capture. But Saltâ€™s efforts to prove her innocence only serve to cast doubt on her motives, as the hunt to uncover the truth behind her identity continues.
We take a look at the latest film releases
Certificate: pg Release Date: 9 dec director: Michael Apted
The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader (3D)
Edmund Pevensie (Skandar Kenyes) and his sister Lucy (Georgie Henley) are staying with their cousin Eustace Scrubb (Will Poulter) when they find themselves drawn into a painting of an old ship, The Dawn Treader. Aboard the royal vessel, they join the new King of Narnia, King Caspian (Ben Barnes), for a trip across the sea where they encounter dragons, dwarves and merfolk.
Certificate: 15 Release Date: 10 dec director: Tyler Perry
For Colored Girls An adaptation of Ntozake Shange’s 1975 stage play For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf, the film retains the play’s poetic style. Each character is known only by a colour (“Lady in Red, Lady in Blue”) and deals with different personal conflict, from abandonment and rape to infidelity and abortion. The all-star female cast includes Whoopi Goldberg, Janet Jackson and Thandie Newton.
Certificate: tbc Release Date: 17 dec director: Steven Antin
Certificate: tbc Release Date: 17 dec director: Joseph Kisinski
Tron: Legacy (3D)
Ali Rose (Christina Aguilera) is a small-town girl with a big voice who escapes hardship to follow her dreams in LA. After stumbling upon the Burlesque Lounge, a majestic but ailing theatre that is home to an inspired musical revue, Ali lands a job as a cocktail waitress from Tess (Cher), the club’s proprietor and headline act. Burlesque’s outrageous costumes and bold choreography captivate the young ingénue, who vows to fulfill her dream of performing there one day.
Sam Flynn (Garrett Hedlund), a rebellious 27-year-old, is haunted by the mysterious disappearance of his father Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges), a man once known as the world’s leading video game developer. When Sam investigates a strange signal sent from the abandoned Flynn’s Arcade that could only have come from his father, he finds himself pulled into the incredible digital world of Tron, where Kevin has been trapped for 25 years.
Certificate: 12a Release Date: 7 jan director: Paul Haggis
Certificate: 12a Release Date: 7 jan director: Tom Hopper
The Next Three Days
The King’s Speech
Life seems perfect for John Brennan (Russell Crowe), until his wife Lara (Elizabeth Banks) is arrested for a gruesome murder she says she didn’t commit. Three years into her sentence, John is struggling to hold his family together while trying to prove her innocence. With the rejection of their final appeal, John decides there is only one possible solution – to break his wife out of prison.
After his brother abdicates, George (Colin Firth) reluctantly assumes the throne. Plagued by a paralysing stutter and considered unfit to be king, George engages the help of an unorthodox speech therapist named Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush). Through a set of unexpected techniques, and as a result of an unlikely friendship, George is able to find his voice and boldly lead the country through war.
Certificate: 15 Release Date: 7 jan director: Danny Boyle
Certificate: 12a Release Date: 21 jan director: Mark Romanek
Never Let Me Go
This shocking yet inspirational story is set in May 2003, when hiker Aron Ralston (James Franco) is trapped in an isolated canyon after a fallen boulder crushes his arm while he is hiking in Utah. Over the next six days, Ralston examines his life and survives the elements, before amputating his own arm to free himself from the boulder. Ralston then abseils 100 feet and hikes over eight miles before he is finally rescued.
Kathy (Casey Mulligan), Tommy (Andrew Garfield) and Ruth (Keira Knightley) live in a world and a time that feel familiar to us, but are not quite like anything we know. They spend their childhood at Halisham, a seemingly idyllic English boarding school. When they leave the shelter of the school and the terrible truth of their fate is revealed, they must confront their deep feelings of love, jealousy and betrayal that threaten to pull them apart.
Win A World Tour And Performance At The 0 2 !
Auditions for the UK’s biggest unsigned music competition are about to begin...
ith over £100,000 in prizes and the chance to play at The 02 in London, Live and Unsigned is set to attract thousands of unsigned musicians when auditions across the UK begin in January. And the National competition has just announced another amazing main prize for the winner comprising of a world tour across four continents! Competing acts will have the chance to play at a leading music venue in Dublin as well as playing at Tour Music Fest in Rome’s Piper Club where artists like David Bowie, the Beatles and Pink Floyd have all performed. I Rock, Asia’s biggest Rock festival, will be awarding an act with a slot on their main stage and entrants will also have the opportunity to play in Australia at The National Theatre, Melbourne and perform in the US – a once in a lifetime opportunity for any aspiring musician. Live and Unsigned is the UK’s biggest unsigned music competition for original artists and it’s open to all genres. So whether you're into Pop, RnB, Punk, Indie, Alternative, Rock or Acoustic, the competition has it all. Each year the competition prize pool gets bigger and better as acts take to the stage and battle it out for equipment, festival slots, clothing, studio time and master classes. Other prizes up for grabs include a UK tour with up to 100 dates, a selection of Marshall amps, extensive coverage on MUZU TV A4 Think Local.indd 1
and You Tube and a recording contract with Future Music, with up to £50,000 investment! All acts in the competition are auditioned live which is what makes Live and Unsigned so unique, there are no demos or submissions. Those who make it through the audition stage will get to perform to industry judges, A&R associates and celebrity guests in some of the UK's most prestigious venues. And those who make it to the Grand Final will get to share the stage with some of the UK's best musicians at the Live and Unsigned Festival at The 02 in London! The competition's aim is to find potential recording artists. Over 10,000 acts entered the competition last year and the Grand Final saw Your the cream of the UK's unsigned talent showcase chance to their music in front of thousands of audience members and the judging play at The panel which included 02... Slade's legendary front man Noddy Holder, Radio 1's Annie Nightingale, Kerrang's Alex Baker and RnB star Shola Ama. Auditions begin again in January 2011. Acts are now being urged to enter as places are in high demand and auditions are limited for what will be a great platform for any act or band to showcase their music. For information on how to secure your live audition for 2011 go to www. LiveandUnsigned.uk.com and register today. 26/11/2010 11:18
A Pair of tickets for Kylie Minogue in April!
ylie’s Aphrodite - Les Folies Tour 2011 promises to be an absolute landmark in the pop diva’s career. The live spectacular will surpass even her own previous ground-breaking shows. For your chance to win two tickets for her 14 April performance, just answer the following question:
In which year did Kylie release her smash hit single, Can’t Get You Out Of My Head?
To enter, visit www.theo2.co.uk/venuemagazine. Closing Date: 1 February. Prizes will go to the first entry drawn. There is no cash alternative. Editor’s decision is final. Competition subject to The O2 prize draw terms and conditions. These can be found at www.theo2.co.uk/venuemagazine/terms
Climb The Urban Landscape with CAT Footwear Boots
AT Footwear’s Autumn/Winter 2010 collection for men and women is packed with urban style and produced in rich leathers. These versatile classics look good, and are functional and comfortable for people who want to experience all the urban landscape has to offer. To see the full Autumn/Winter range and for the chance to win a trip to Marrakech or an iPad, visit www.catfootwear.com/uk/marrakesh. Try the new CAT Footwear range for yourself by entering this competition to win a pair of CAT Footwear boots, worth £100. Just answer this question to be in with a chance of winning...
Which of these artists is famous for their contribution to the urban landscape? a) Tracey Emin b) Banksy C) Chris Ofili
To enter visit www.theo2.co.uk/venuemagazine. Closing Date: 11 November. Prizes will go to the first entry drawn. There is no cash alternative. Editor’s decision is final. Competition subject to The O2 prize draw terms and conditions. These can be found at www.theo2.co.uk/venuemagazine/terms
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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Before or after your show, enjoy the huge variety of bars and restaurants under The O2 roof
Unit No.22: www.gbk.co.uk
Unit No.2: www.incgroup.co.uk
Unit No.13: www.thaisilkrestaurant.co.uk
Unit No.23: www.watermargin.co.uk
Unit No.3 and 29: www.starbucks.co.uk
Unit No.14: www.slugandlettuce.co.uk
Unit No.24: www.zizzi.co.uk
Unit No.5: www.gauchorestaurants.co.uk
Unit No.15: www.rodiziorico.com
Unit No.25: www.nandos.co.uk
Unit No.8: www.pizzaexpress.com
Unit No.16: www.frankieandbennys.com
Unit No.26: www.ukspur.co.uk
Unit No.9: opening soon
Unit No.17: www.wasabi.uk.com
Unit No.27: www.iguanas.co.uk
Unit No.11: www.union-square.uk.com
Unit No.20: www.tgifridays.co.uk
Unit No.30: www.hahaonline.co.uk
Unit No.12: www.garfunkels.co.uk
Unit No.21: www.incgroup.co.uk
The O2 December Wednesday 1st Arcade Fire The O2 arena One Night of Queen 2010 indigO2
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Tim Minchin The O2 arena
Arcade Fire The O2 arena
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Brand New Heavies indigO2
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Capital FM Jingle Bell Ball The O2 arena
indigO2* Wednesday 15th Scissor Sisters The O2 arena Filthy Gorgeous Silent Disco indigO2
Thursday 16th Lady Gaga The O2 arena Christmas Live at indigO2 indigO2
Friday 17th Lady Gaga The O2 arena
Capital FM Jingle Bell Ball The O2 arena
Faithless The O2 arena Who’s Bad? indigO2
Brian McKnight 2010 indigO2
Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of The War of The Worlds The O2 arena
Simply Red The O2 arena
Shakira The O2 arena Angelos Epithemiou & Friends Christmas Show indigO2
Tuesday 7th Suede The O2 arena
Peter Andre The O2 arena The Greatest Xmas Show On Earth – ‘A Christmas Gift For You’ indigO2
Saturday 18th Simply Red The O2 arena
* All performances correct at time of print. For the latest event listings visit www.theo2.co.uk/venuemagazine
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Strictly Come Dancing 2011 The O2 arena
Premier League Darts The O2 arena The Three Degrees indigO2
National Television Awards 2011 The O2 arena
Sunday 13th Basketmouth and Friends – Lord of the Ribs indigO2
Friday 28th Haircut 100 indigO2
Apassionata The O2 arena
Kings of Leon The O2 arena
Wednesday 22nd The Official Jake & Elwood Blues indigO2
Thursday 23rd Christmas Spectacular The O2 arena
Apassionata The O2 arena
February Tuesday 1st Voice in a Million The O2 arena
Usher The O2 arena
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Thursday 17th Usher The O2 arena
Friday 18th Usher The O2 arena
Saturday 19th Russell Howard The O2 arena
Sunday 20th Russell Howard The O2 arena The Great American Popular Soulbook feat. Gary US Bonds plus Ben E. King indigO2
Thursday 24th Gaucho International Polo The O2 arena
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Friday 25th Teena Marie indigO2
Netball: England v New Zealand The O2 arena
Supercross 2011 The O2 arena 30 Years Celebration of Brit Funk indigO2
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Strictly Come Dancing 2011 The O2 arena
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THE GREATEST XMAS SHOW ON EARTH PHIL SPECTOR’S ALBUM ‘A CHRISTMAS GIFT FOR YOU’ PERFORMED BY A FULL LIVE BAND
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ULTIMATE BOOGIE NIGHT CHRISTMAS PARTY FEATURING
THE THREE DEGREES
EVELYNCHAMPAGNEKING, & THE SUGARHILL GANG
THE GREAT AMERICAN POPULAR SOULBOOK FEATURING
KISSTORY KISSTORY SHOW EVERY WEEKDAY FROM 11AM
ANGELOS EPITHEMIOU & FRIENDS CHRISTMAS SHOW
GARY US BONDS & BEN E KING 25 & 26 FEBRUARY
www.theo2.co.uk/indigo2 | ticketmaster.co.uk 0844 844 0002 | seetickets.com 0871 230 1097 | ticketline.co.uk 0870 444 5556 indigO2's preferred taxi service: Arena Cars - pre-book on 0208 858 8070 / www.arenaminicabs.co.uk or on event night at indigO2 main entrance Tube: North Greenwich, Jubilee Line, Zone 2.
The O2 Peninsula Square London SE10
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