Up the Junction rockers Squeeze are soon set to play the first live music gig at The O2 arena in more than eight months, with strict social distancing measures in place.
In a recent interview with Access, O2 Arena general manager Steve Sayer said the reaction to the return of live music to the 23,000-capacity venue on December 5th has been “overwhelmingly positive, because everybody can see it’s a small step in the right direction.”
Live music sits under the arts guidance which is currently at stage four, meaning venues - providing they can meet the safety measures - are permitted to host Covid-secure events.
With many frustrated about the guidelines, Sayer said the venue is focused on lobbying the Government hard for a complete return to full-capacity events of every type, including business events.
“What we are trying to do with the Squeeze show, and staging concerts generally, is build confidence in the UK event sector in all its formats,” said Sayer. “I’m talking everything from arts and theatre to business events, massive exhibitions to festivals. Our industry is the envy of the world – we are world beaters.”
The 02 Arena has seen lots of interest from concert promoters off the back of the Squeeze announcement, and is aiming to host a number of events early next year, bridging the period until the venue is able to fully reopen with full capacity shows.