First acts announced for The O2's 10th Birthday Shows

The O2 today announces that after ten incredible years of presenting some of the world’s biggest acts and live events, it will play host to a series of unique shows to celebrate its 10th birthday. alt-J will be gracing the stage on 16th June, with their only UK indoor show of 2017 with Jamiroquai set to follow on 24th June, with their biggest UK headline gig since 2011. Further acts are set to be revealed imminently.

Tickets for alt-J and Jamiroquai will go on sale on Friday 10 March at 9am. All tickets available at http://www.theo2.co.uk/events/tenthbirthday or by calling 0844 856 0202. O2 customers can get Priority Tickets for alt-J and Jamiroquai 48 hours before general release from 9am Wednesday 8th March.

The O2’s 10th Birthday shows are a week-long series of unique shows giving fans a chance to come together and witness their favourite acts at one of the most iconic entertainment venues of the decade. Since its launch in 2007, The O2 has become one of the most successful, and recognisable music and entertainment venues in the world. It has played host to unforgettable live experiences for over 60 million fans of music, sport, exhibitions, award shows and more.

Sir Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, Prince, Jay-Z and Kanye West, Beyoncé, Justin Bieber, Rihanna and The Spice Girls are just some of the global acts who have performed over the past ten years. The O2 has also presented some of the most prolific one-off sporting and entertainment events of the decade including The Olympics, The ATP Tennis finals, The Capital FM Jingle Bell Ball and The BRIT Awards.

alt-J are one of the most successful British bands of the decade. They are currently working on their third studio album, the follow-up to the number one, BRIT and GRAMMY nominated ‘This Is All Yours’, and their Mercury Prize and Ivor Novello Award-winning debut ‘An Awesome Wave’. Between them, the two records have sold in excess of two million copies and their songs have been streamed more than one billion times. The band have headlined festivals across the globe and sold out London’s The O2 and New York’s legendary Madison Square Garden on their last tour.

alt-J said: “The O2 is a huge, cool venue and we are excited to be helping to mark its tenth birthday. It was a very special night the first time we played there, and we’re looking forward to going back for seconds. This is one of the first shows where we’ll be playing new songs from our forthcoming album, and we can’t wait to get back on stage again.”

One of the most influential British bands of the past twenty-five years, Jamiroquai have seen each one of their seven album catalogues reach the UK Top 10, with three reaching the top spot. They have a combined total of over 26 million record sales worldwide and are currently holding the Guinness World Record for best-selling funk album of all time. Their new album, ‘Automaton’ is set for release on 31st March, so fans attending this exclusive show at The O2 will no doubt be treated to new material as well as some classics.

Emma Bownes Programming Director at The O2 said:  “The O2 has always been the home of unforgettable live experiences and we’ve had some incredible acts take to the stage and make history over the past ten years.

“We wanted to mark our ten year milestone by inviting artists and fans to come together and celebrate with us. We’ve brought together a selection of world class artists to mark our ten years and it’s shaping up to be brilliant. We can’t wait.”

Nina Bibby, CMO at O2 said, “This summer we’re celebrating 10 fantastic years of unforgettable live experiences at the world’s most successful music and entertainment venue. So we’re putting on a celebration for artists and fans to help us mark the occasion.

O2 customers will get early access to tickets to what will be an incredible run of shows, starting with alt-J and Jamiroquai. There’s more to come, so watch this space.”