The SSE Arena, Wembley toasts bumper 2018

The SSE Arena, Wembley toasts bumper 2018

The SSE Arena, Wembley has reported 2018 as its busiest year since its 2006 reopening after welcoming one million visitors through its doors.

The venue hosted 157 performances last year, including the world premiere of the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, three sold-out ‘in the round’ nights for Arcade Fire and The X Factor live final. Other highlights included the first ever all-nighter from drum’n’bass artist Andy C, an exclusive Smashing Pumpkins show, George Ezra’s biggest headline concert to date and a sold-out show for Slayer as part of their final world tour.

John Drury, VP and general manager of The SSE Arena, Wembley, said: “Our reputation as one of the UK’s most iconic concert and events venues rang true in 2018. With a stunning array of events across music, comedy, sport and entertainment, we helped to create memories that will last a lifetime. Any venue is defined by the people who run it and I’m proud that our dedicated team delivered such a strong and varied year.

"Thanks as well to all the artists, agents, managers, promoters and our partners who have of course been a key part of our success. Our building is 85 years old this year, but constant reinvention and innovation ensure we are ready to hit more heights through 2019 and beyond.”

Venue developments included the opening of the brand new 200-capacity Empire Bar & Grill and accompanying 50-capacity VIP Empire Lounge, and the launch of a new venue app. Five primary dressing rooms were also fully refurbished.

Upcoming gigs at the arena include Architects, The Wombats, Snow Patrol, Don Broco, Boyzone, Fatboy Slim, Catfish And The Bottlemen, Bryan Adams, Busted, Janelle Monae, Alice In Chains and three nights with Twenty One Pilots. 

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