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Happy Mondays confirm the 25th anniversary tour of ‘Pills ‘n’ Thrills And Bellyaches’


The legendary Mancunian band gets set for a massive eighteen date UK tour in November and December 2015. [Read more]

Faith No More to play O2 Academy Glasgow


The band, credited with inspiring so many modern rock groups, has confirmed a Glasgow show after their main stage appearance at Download Festival in June. [Read more]

Everything Everything to play an autumn UK tour


Everything Everything has announced a UK tour for autumn 2015. Including a date at London’s iconic O2 Academy Brixton, these dates follow a string of sold-out low-key comeback shows that The Guardian described in a four star review as highlighting their “frenetic pop genius”. [Read more]

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O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire

The West London, award-winning O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire has been a prominent landmark on London’s entertainment scene for over 100 years, often chosen by artists for its extraordinary level of intimacy and historic importance on the touring circuit.

Architecturally the venue is stunning, still retaining the original 1903 design with the grandeur of its early years. Designed and built by Frank Matcham as the flagship of the “Empire” chain of variety theatres, it was taken under the wing of the BBC in the 1950s and converted into a television theatre. Shows such as Crackerjack, The Old Grey Whistle Test, That’s Life, Hancock and Wogan were transmitted from there. 

O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire averages some 200 shows, attracting some 300,000 persons, per year and has been loved by artists, music industry executives, the media, and music-lovers alike for generations.